Monday, April 25, 2011

#AVreferendum: The False Economy of Insignificant Time Savings

Insignificant Time Savings

One No2AV claim that is true is that it will take longer to count the votes under AV because, yes, it is more complicated.  But that's what makes it a teensy weensy bit better than FPTP.

I love the idea that "more complicated" is somehow synonymous with "bad", and that those few extra vote-counting hours required to determine who is going to make decisions for us for the next five years are wasted hours.

A decision worth making is worth making slowly (which, incidentally, is why we should have been presented with other voting options before deciding whether to replace FPTP).

I do think vast swathes of the country should feel rather insulted over No2AV's assertions that AV is too complicated for them to understand.

You vote for the person you like most as your first choice.  If they are in last place and so can't win, your vote is then reallocated to your second choice, and so on, until someone has the support of 50% of the electorate.  It's really not difficult.

As ever, B3TA have stepped up to the mark on AV.  Here are some of my favourites, showing how easy it is to explain why AV is an improvement on FPTP:

by HappyToast

by Newington

by Bela Lugosi's Dad

by UncleMikey

At the other end of the spectrum, this one illustrates perfectly why we should never go completely PR.

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