AV referendum on the horizon

The deadline for registering to vote in the AV referendum (and local elections happening in some places is Thursday. So if you’ve recently moved house or think you aren’t registered, get your skates on and speak to your council’s electoral registration office.

Lots of people are confused about what AV is, and what the arguments for and against are. We’ve added some pages to the site this morning to provide information and links on the issue as we see it:

  • AV Referendum basics explains what the referendum is, what will happen if it passes, and how AV works
  • AV Pros, Cons and Nons picks out what we think are the three best arguments for and against each voting system, and also a few non-arguments – claims from both campaigns that we think are irrelevant or misleading.
  • Finally, our AV Reading List will be updated between now and the big day with content we find around the web that sheds light on the issue. Partisan name-calling won’t feature.

If we’ve missed anything, or you disagree with what we’ve said, you can comment here or on the pages themselves.


Published by Anthony Zacharzewski

Anthony Zacharzewski was one of the founders of Demsoc in 2006. Before starting work for Demsoc in 2010, he was a Whitehall civil servant and a local government officer.

One reply on “AV referendum on the horizon”

  1. I am going to be a CPO at the referendum. A lot of people expect real difficulties on the day as voters turn up and want polling staff to explain the differences between AV and FPTP. The Electoral Commission have said that staff cannot do so – which is understandable, because otherwise staff could be open to allegations of bias – but the EC in their wisdom have also decreed that no material, at all, about AV/FPTP (including EC-produced leaflets and posters) can be provided at polling stations and that voters must instead be directed to the website or to their freephone number. Which is great if people haven’t already been issued with their ballot paper, but if they have, they are basically stuffed.

    Personally, I anticipate being shouted at.

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