Campaign for fairer votes launched in Scotland
April 4, 2011 by Gareth
A campaign to bring in a change to the way that MPs are voted into the House of Commons was launched in Scotland on 1st April.
The campaign, called ‘Yes to fairer votes’, is being championed by a wide range of political parties, including the Liberal Democrats, Labour, the Scottish National Party and the Green party.
This drive for a change to the current voting system is to replace first-past-the-post voting with the alternative vote system. This would mean that voters rank candidates in order of preference rather than voting for one party. The ‘Yes to fairer votes’ campaign will see members of political parties promoting the benefits of the alternative vote system, meaning as with most publicity relating to elections, they will be likely to promote the system using methods like poster printing and flyer printing.
Glasgow is one of the areas where the campaign is likely to be especially welcomed, because residents have witnessed first-hand the fact that the current voting system does not offer the same amount of clarity and fairness as could be offered by the alternative vote system. One example of this was the fact that one political party claimed 95 percent of seats at Glasgow city council with only 50 percent of the vote.
There is bound to be a flip side to the ‘Yes to fairer votes’ campaign and this is likely to be led by the Conservative party who are explicitly opposed to the alternative vote system. This political party may also choose to use flyer printing to ensure Glasgow and other Scottish cities are aware of their position on the alternative vote.