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How Alternative Vote system works

The government hopes to hold a referendum in May on whether to change the system for electing MPs. The public will be asked whether they want to replace the existing first-past-the-post system for electing MPs to Westminster with a method known as the Alternative Vote (AV).

Newsnight's Political editor Michael Crick explains how the system would work.

Read Michael Crick's blog.

Broadcast on Wednesday 16 February 2011.


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