AV 'will spoil more ballot papers'
Labour would be hardest hit at the ballot box under an Alternative Vote system, a new poll has claimed.
According to the survey of 4,000 voters, the Conservative vote would hold firm while Labour would lose out to the Liberal Democrats if AV was adopted following the May 5 referendum.
The YouGov poll for Channel 4 News claims this is because many Lib Dems would pick the Tories as their second choice instead of Labour.
Researchers found that if a snap election was called today, Labour would win 13 fewer seats under AV than the first-past-the- post system which is currently used.
The Lib Dems would take those seats while the Conservatives would win the same number under both systems.
Under AV, which is supported by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband, votes are cast in order of preference and redistributed until one candidate has at least 50% support.
Its proponents claim it is a fairer way of voting but one criticism from those against AV is that it would lead to more spoilt ballot papers.