To help address widespread misunderstanding of the AV electoral system, the Prime Minister has today decided that the AV referendum itself will be carried out under the AV voting scheme.
When announcing the plan, Mr. Cameron explained, ‘It is crucial that people understand exactly how the AV system works and the referendum presents an ideal opportunity for people to use and thus understand the change.’
He went on to explain the AV system where, should for example the ‘Yes’ votes achieve less than 50% of votes then the votes for the lowest achieving alternative (in the example, the ‘No’ votes) will be re-distributed according to peoples’ second choice. So instead of just putting an X in either the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ box, voters will instead make their preferred choice with ‘1’ and their second choice with ‘2’. ‘ We hope that makes things clearer,’ he added.