This video is one of the best yet for explaining how the alternative vote (AV) works.
“People say AV is complicated,” says Dan Snow, “Well it’s not. It’s simple, it’s fair, it’s common sense.”
I want to ask: “Who are these ‘people’ you’re referring to?”
I think there are three kinds of people who say AV is complicated.
1. Those with an ulterior motive for spreading the myth
The most vocal ones stating that AV is complicated are (surprise, surprise) — the No to AV Campaign. The ‘AV is complicated’ message is just another soundbite the naysayers push, trusting that people will latch onto the soundbite and spread the myth. It’s a canny, proven (and highly cynical) tactic for getting people to follow along, like sheep. Baah!
2. Those who want to game our political system
AV reduces the impact of tactical voting. This is good for voters — but bad for politicians. The political parties have, for generations, relied on gaming the system to engineer results in marginal seats to their advantage. If AV is implemented, suddenly their old, hackneyed strategies will no longer work. Getting elected might actually mean thinking about policy, rather than soundbites.
3. Those who haven’t tried to understand how it works
If you don’t know how to do something, it’s going to be complicated.
If you plan to vote ‘no’ just because you’ve been told AV is complex, please think again.
AV is simple. AV is fair. AV is common sense.
Your cats can’t vote on May 5th, but you can. So vote meow.