Definition of alternative vote in English:

alternative vote

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noun

  • 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
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    • An electoral pact to support one another under the alternative vote system would make a lot of sense.
    • Second preferences on the alternative vote ballot paper are expected to be decisive.
    • 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.

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