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May 6th, 2011
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The democratic process
Labour takes Bury Council after drawing lots

Labour has taken control of Bury Council after the result in a crucial seat was determined by the drawing of lots.

Labour chose the longest straw giving it a win in the Ramsbottom seat after three counts could not separate the Conservative and Labour votes.

It meant Labour won 26 seats on Bury Council, giving it a majority of one.

The Tories took 20 seats and the Liberal Democrats five. The council was previously under no overall control.

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From:hooloovoo_42
Date:May 6th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Would AV have made a difference?
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From:oldbloke
Date:May 6th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
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Who knows? There's little reason to think people would make the same effective vote under AV as they do under FPTP.
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From:maviscruet
Date:May 6th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Well - I'd say its pretty certain that in a race that close av would have avoided the drawing of lots......
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From:drdoug
Date:May 6th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Maybe I'm being dim, but I can't see how AV makes dead-heats less likely than FPTP. Can you explain how?
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From:hooloovoo_42
Date:May 6th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
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Second preferences from the lower candidates. Unless the second/third/fourth preferences were equally split, or it was a 2 candidate competition, then AV would have made a difference.
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