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Medway voters set to snub AV poll

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A majority of people in Medway understand what the Alternative Vote referendum is, but will not be voting.

The Medway Messenger quizzed 100 people across the Towns ahead of the vote on whether to change the current first past the post system.

More than half (57 per cent ) won’t be voting in the AV poll. This is despite 64 per cent saying they understood the Alternative Vote system.

Among those who said they won’t be voting a lack of understanding of AV was cited as their main reason.

Many who will go to the polls complained about a lack of information. They said they would read more on the subject before casting their vote.

Fay Bright, a 56-year-old carer from Chatham said: "I don’t think the government have done enough to tell people what it is.

"I see vote yes and vote no campaigns everywhere but no one is taking the time to explain what AV actually is."

Student Thomas Badman, 18, echoed her complaints: "Clearly the government haven’t done enough to inform the voters due to my lack of understanding," he said.

The majority of people who had already made up their minds said they would be voting against.

For the full breakdown of our survey see Monday's Medway Messenger.

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