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What won’t AV achieve?

There’ve been some interesting claims from those backing a ‘Yes’, but some of them are a bit misleading to say the least:

AV would have had little impact on the expenses scandal, as that is completely unconnected from the electoral system. However, with seats less ‘safe’ it would be easier to remove MPs that have fiddled their expenses or otherwise done unpopular things.

The claim that AV would lead to at least 50% of people backing the winning candidate is an interesting one. Clearly, if there is more than one round, this claim isn’t true with regards to first preferences. However, it does mean that, of the final options available, the winner is preferred by the majority. Furthermore, using that kind of logic, can we ever say that an MP truly has the backing of the majority, as they may just be the least disliked person of the standing candidates? (see point three in ‘What of the arguments against AV?’)

AV won’t make any specific impact on proportionality – it could improve, it could get worse. AV is still a constituency system, and so there is no reason why the share of the national vote should equate the number of seats won. It may pave the way for AV+, which is more proportional, but this is not an option currently and so is largely irrelevant.
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