Referendum on the voting system used to elect MPs to the House
On Thursday 5 May 2011, there will be a referendum on the voting
system you use to elect MPs to the House of Commons.
A referendum asks you to vote yes or no to a proposal. For this
referendum, you will receive a ballot paper with this question:
At present, the UK uses the ‘first past the
post’ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the
‘alternative vote’ system be used instead?
Victor the Vote Counter
Let Victor explain how the two voting systems stack
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Audio and other formats
If you want to hear an audio version of the information provided
in this video – please visit out booklets
page which has all our booklet formats. Select the
referendum booklet to hear audio about the two
You can also view translations of the referendum information
For more information about how to vote in the referendum, and
what a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ result would mean, visit our booklets page.
What are the arguments?
Campaigners in the referendum will explain why they think you
should vote ‘yes’ (to use the ‘alternative vote’ system) or ‘no’
(to continue using the ‘first past the post’ system).
You can find out information about these campaign groups
- Yes to fairer
votes - No to AV
Where can I find the results?
From 4pm on Friday 6 May 2011 you will be able to follow the
local and regional totals, and the final overall result online and
on your mobile live though our referendums