Definition of alternative vote in English:

alternative vote


  • An electoral system whereby voters rank candidates in order of preference. In the event that one candidate fails to achieve a sufficient majority, the candidate with the fewest number of first-preference rankings is eliminated and these votes redistributed, the process being repeated until one candidate achieves the required majority.

    ‘support for the alternative vote is now very strong’
    [as modifier] ‘the alternative vote system’
    • ‘This afternoon MPs will vote on the third reading of the constitutional renewal and governance bill amended to offer a national referendum on the alternative vote (AV).’
    • ‘Second preferences on the alternative vote ballot paper are expected to be decisive.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the voting system they favour the alternative vote (AV) has serious weaknesses.’
    • ‘Under proportional representation, even with a tame alternative vote system, it would be worth citizens' while to go out and vote for a party closer to their views.’
    • ‘A debate is under way among ministers, kicking around the alternative vote (AV) system, which allows voters to name their second as well as first choice.’
    • ‘There is a debate raging about whether to hold a referendum on the day of the next election to switch from the current first past the post voting system to the alternative vote.’
    • ‘"The alternative vote has many attractions, including the fact that you have to get 50 % plus one in that constituency, therefore you have a greater legitimacy," he said.’
    • ‘The promised referendum on changing to the alternative vote (AV) electoral system must happen, and happen soon.’
    • ‘There is a case, he concedes, for the alternative vote, a one, two, three listing of candidates in order of preference.’
    • ‘The proposals for electoral reform by the 1998 Jenkins commission combine the Australian system of the alternative vote with a small top-up to ensure greater proportionality.’
    • ‘The party's approach to the alternative vote will be a test of whether Labour can win real power and whether it deserves to’
    • ‘Instead of complaining about constituency boundaries, the Conservatives should back a referendum on the alternative vote.’
    • ‘I believe the alternative vote system will help rebuild the trust and authority given to our elected representatives.’
    • ‘Ministers will this week confirm plans to hold a referendum next year on adopting the alternative vote system for electing MPs.’
    • ‘There will be a referendum on introducing the alternative vote system for elections.’
    • ‘Other proposals include a referendum on adopting the alternative vote system and a free vote on reducing the voting age to 16.’
    • ‘The alternative vote takes on the considerable strengths of our system and I suggest, builds on it.’