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Why the Alternative Vote is no Alternative

The Alternative Vote is a voting system proposed by some as a "fix" for many elections in Canada. It's also known as Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), ranked choice voting, or preferential voting in single-member districts or ridings.

The Alternative Vote doesn't address the problems in our current voting system - it's just another winner-take-all system that encourages strategic voting, denies the fundamental democratic principle of equal representation for each voter, and distracts from the goal of proportional representation. AV will deny Canadians the representation they want and deserve.

The problems with the Alternative Vote are well documented on this site. All of the same problems would be present at the municipal level, and supporting AV there would be the thin of the wedge for spreading AV to other levels of government and derailing real reform.