Britain will take to the polls today for the Alternative Vote
referendum. But how will you vote?
Polling stations across the country are open until 10pm tonight
and both Nick Clegg and David Cameron are urging the public to
Clegg, who is heading the Yes to AV campaign, claims that a move
towards the referendum would offer a system which would radically
change the way MPs are selected.
Essentially, it would allow voters to select candidates in order
of preference, rather than just putting their cross on the ballot
paper next to one person.
But Prime Minister David Cameron has rubbished the move,
claiming that AV is ill-advised and too complex to function.
"Unless enough people go out and vote, Britain could sleepwalk
into a system that damages our democracy permanently," he said in a
statement earlier today.
He also referenced former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who
described AV as "the stupidest, the least scientific and the most
unreal" voting system.
He also said it would mean elections are "determined by the most
worthless votes given for the most worthless candidates".
A poll on the DIVA site has asked readers how they intend to
vote. Currently, the majority are supporting AV, athough a number
are claiming they won't bother to vote either way.