ALTERNATIVE vote supporter and Borders MP Michael Moore is urging the Borders electorate to vote in favour of a change in how MPs are elected when they go to the polls on May 5.
As well as voting for a constituency MSP and ranking the political parties in order of preference to establish the political make-up of the seven South of Scotland List MSPs Scottish voters are also being asked to take part in the UK referendum about whether or not there should be a change at the next General Election in 2015.
AV allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference and requires MPs to secure support from at least half their constituents.
As a Liberal Democrat, who secured the referendum as part of the coalition agreement with the Conservatives, Mr Moore points out that the change in the voting system has united Labour, the Green Party, Plaid Cymru, the SNP and UKIP.
“AV will end the travesty of MPs getting elected with less than a third of the vote backing them,” said Mr Moore.
“Under AV, MPs will have to work harder to get elected. They will need to reach out beyond their core support because they need 50 per cent of the vote.
“AV will make our system fairer and is our chance to mend our broken system; to change politics for good.”
At last year’s General Election, 65.1% of people voted for one of the two main parties (Labour and the Conservatives) but they ended up with 86.8% of the seats in the House of Commons through the first-past-the-post system.
Turn-out in marginal seats can be six per cent highter than in safe seats where many voters feel their vote isn’t going to matter. The Lib Dems stress that under AV every vote will count, and ranking candidates in order of preference, could make a significant difference.