Sunday, March 06, 2011

Fun Voting Fact (No Actual Fun Guaranteed)

There are only three countries that currently use the Alternative Vote to determine their legislative elections- Australia, Papua New Guineau and Fiji.

This isn't a point against AV but it does make it harder to assess what the actual outcome of AV would be as there are very few countries to look at to compare with. Based on Australia it seems like minor parties won't actually gain any more influence than in FPTP so it is unlikely to result in more frequent coalition governments than  we have now.


Anonymous said...

you are compelled to register and vote in Australia - might make a difference , even if you go for the donkey vote.

James Higham said...

Australia calls it preferential voting. They wouldn't recognize the term AV unless things have changed.