Faversham Stoa is a philosophy discussion group. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7.30 to 9.30pm in the The Bull in Tanners Street. We cover a large range of topics. There's no charge for membership and everyone is welcome to drop in. Just bring your brain and some beer money!

Voting Reform – Do we need it?

Alternative Vote Cartoon

The referrendum on voting reform is set for May 2011. Do you have any idea what's proposed and what the arguments are – for and against? Here's a chance to find out. At our March meeting we will be looking at the proposed system and discussing why voting reform is needed at all and what the likely political consequences will be.

The system being voted on is called AV or the 'Alternative Vote'. In the USA it's called 'Instant Runoff'. It allows voters to express preferences instead of simply having to back one party to win. It is therefore claimed that it discourages tactical voting and voting for minority parties is not seen as wasting a vote. However, parliamentary constituencies are left unchanged and the system while reflecting voter choice better, is not fully proportional.

Video clips

Start here with some simple video clips that explain how the proposed AV or Alternative Vote system works.

Articles

Electoral Reform Society material

The Electoral Reform Society is supporting AV and has produced a number of handy explanatory leaflets in PDF format that are available for download here.

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