Definition of alternative vote in English:

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alternative vote

(abbreviation AV)


chiefly British
Another term for instant runoff voting.
Example sentences
  • Ministers will this week confirm plans to hold a referendum next year on adopting the alternative vote system for electing MPs.
  • Unfortunately the voting system they favour the alternative vote (AV) has serious weaknesses.
  • 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.

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Syllabification: al·ter·na·tive vote

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