Definition of alternative vote in English:

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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
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  • 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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