Comment on UK Electoral Reform – Alternative Vote System by Nat Lerner.

UK need not look as far as Australia for examples of workable electoral reform. Both the Irish Republic and N Ireland keep constituencies but with multiple members using the Single Transferable Vote (STV). Both Wales and Scotland use a variant of the Mixed Member Proportional system which mixes single member constituencies with a ‘top up’ of list MPs to make the party representation more proportional. This sytem was originally divised by the US, UK and France for post-war W. Germany and adopted by New Zealand in 1993. All of the UK are used to the list system used for MEPs – so the people of the UK should have a referendum with these choices so that they – and not the politicians – can choose. If no system has a majority, then a runoff referendum would occur.