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For the last 15 months, Ryan Gallagher has here been chronicling the debate around the Alternative Vote (AV) referendum for OurKingdom, the UK section of the groundbreaking openDemocracy website and forum.
He has done a remarkable job, and the fruits of his documenting labours can be read in full here: http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/ryan-gallagher/referendum-debate...
In introducing his overview, he writes: "Throughout this period there has been strong argument, controversies and bickering. At times the coalition government's relationship has appeared fragile as a result of differences on AV. ...
"Polls showing the level of support for both Yes and No camps have lacked any consistency. The Yes campaign enjoyed a substantial early lead, however gradually their support has waned. In recent weeks there has been a surge in support for a No vote, and two of the most recent polls put the No2AV campaign in a huge lead.
"The outcome still remains uncertain. But whatever the result, when the polls close on the 5 May 2011, it is clear that the AV referendum will have changed British politics for better or for worse – depending upon which side of the fence you are sitting."
With the ballot boxes opening, both Yes and No sides both claim to believe they will win. It is now up to the voters to decide.
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