The (green) case for AV

James Murray of Business Green has put forward an eloquent (green) case for voting #YES2AV in today’s referendum on electoral reform. He calls it a “once-in-a-generation chance to move towards a voting system that would raise the profile of environmental issues by making green votes count.” How?

AV would force the mainstream parties to campaign harder for the second preference votes of environmentalists. As a result of this relatively minor change to the electoral system, green issues are likely to be forced a couple of notches up the political agenda.

Unfortunately, most polling in recent days has predicted a big win for the “No” vote. Exit polls should provide an indication of the result around midnight.

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