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    So many have been saying that the AV system could mean that parties whose vote was third can win an election? How does this work?
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    If enough people have their votes redistributed, then that third-placed candidate can end up winning.
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    (Original post by gladders)
    If enough people have their votes redistributed, then that third-placed candidate can end up winning.
    May just be me being an idiot, but how do they end up winning? Is it because those with a third choice the same are more numerous than those without, but the first step ends up as a sort of hung parliament?

    I'm really confuzzled :/
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    If the Lib Dems come third place in a result which looks like:

    Labour 29%
    Con 27%
    Lib Dem 23%
    Independent 10%
    Respect 10%
    UKIP 8%
    BNP 3%

    Then the second preference for the Independent, Respect, UKIP and BNP candidates could be for the Lib Dem candidate. In that situation, 31% of votes would be redistributed to Lib Dems and they would win the majority with 54%. The situation where 31% of voters would all have Lib Dem as their second choice is exaggerated but basically, in a slim contest between the top three candidates, second-choice preferences for eliminated candidates can put a third place candidate into first place.
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    Watchthis

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E19pmc-Jhpo
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    oh I understand thanks. But no, I think we should have AV, even if it isn't perfect. But the fact that smaller parties have lots of power is quite a worrying perspective to me :/.

    God that guy's voice is annoying.
 
 
 
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