Alternative Vote have-a-go heroes
On 5 May the British public will vote on how we elect our MPs to parliament.
Just so you know, the question to be put to a referendum will be: Do you want the United Kingdom to adopt the "alternative vote" system instead of the current "first past the post" system for electing Members of Parliament to the House of Commons?
The UK uses the "first past the post" system to elect its MPs - the one with the most votes wins even if it's only a majority of one.
Now we will be asked whether the Alternative Vote system should be adopted instead.
Of course you all know that this system allows voters to rank the candidates in order of preference.
So, under the Alternative Vote system instead of casting a single vote you can rank the candidates in order -1, 2, 3, 4, 5... and so on.
The first preference votes are counted but in order to win, you need to get 50% of the vote.
If that hasn't happened, the candidate with fewest votes gets knocked out and those ballot papers are redistributed according to their second-choice candidates.
That's repeated until someone achieves the 50%.
Simple! Geddit? Of course YOU do...
And I raise a glass to the hapless individuals who kindly agreed to demonstrate the system for us.