Referendum on the voting system used to elect MPs to the House of Commons

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 up.

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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 voting systems.

You can also view translations of the referendum information here.


More 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 here:

- 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 results website.

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