The guys at WhoShouldYouVoteFor.com have some more polls and quizzes on their site, including one about Electoral Reform, a subject dear to my heart (I’m one of the advisers to the Make Votes Count coalition).

The results of the quiz are a little odd, though (and it’s riddled with typos and teething bugs, as well as their recommendations not quite matching the graph they gave me). I’ve just re-read the Jenkins report, so it’s fresh in my mind, but I still prefer STV to AV+, I thoroughly dislike party list systems and, whilst the WSYVF guys’ invention of cellular constituencies seems quite intriguing, I’m not quite sure about it.

Anyways, my results on the poll are here:

Who Should You Vote For?

Electoral Reform

Key: FPTP = First Past the Post; AMS = Additional Member System; STV = Single Transferable Vote; JAV+ = Jenkins Alternate Vote Plus; PLS = Party List System; CC = Cellular Constituencies. For explanations of these systems, please read the electoral reform FAQ.

FPTP −19
JAV+ −2
PLS 16
CC 16

You should support: Jenkins Alternate Vote Plus (JAV+). The Independent Commission chaired by Lord Jenkins of Hillhead proposed a move to a system where 500 constituency MPs would be elected by an Alternative Vote system: voters rank candidates in order of preference, with the votes of the worst candidate being reallocated to the other candidates until one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote. The system is likely to deliver a single party government, but is very complex and two types of MP would be created.

You should support: Cellular Constituencies (CC). Each voter casts a single vote for a party with the number of seats in the House of Commons a party wins being directly proportional to its share of the vote. The country is split into constituency cells for each party, their size dependent upon the number of MPs the party has, and the local parties within these cells select the candidate to represent them. Every voter therefore has an MP representing their area from a party for which they have voted. CC is certain to deliver coalition governments.

Take the test at Who Should You Vote For.



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