Anyway back to the point. Before we started I apologised for my naivety then asked what AV actually was and got a good explanation of how AV works I will try to summarise it (in a science experimental method sort of way)
1. Turn up to vote.
2. Rank candidates in order of preference using 1 for most preferred then 2, 3 and so on.
3. If you find step 2 too complex or just don't feel like expressing 2nd preferences and so on, then just put 1 or X and your 1st preference will be counted.
4. Fold paper and pop it in the box. (If there are any party leaders reading this then you may want to pause for photos at this point).
5. Go home and feel lucky that live you somewhere where democracy is so peaceful.
Then the returning officer and volunteers get to work;
1. Count all the 1's on the ballot papers.
2. If a candidate has more than 50% of the vote then that candidate wins. The returning officer and the polling volunteers can go home early for a nice cup of cocoa with poppy rebel John Snow on the TV.
3. If a candidate does not have 50% of the vote then the polling volunteers may need coffee instead of cocoa.
4. Count all the 2s and add them to the 1s.
5. If a candidate still does not have 50% of the vote then crack open the energy drinks keep counting the preferences until one lucky candidate has 50% of the vote.
(If I have made a mistake here then please do comment).
Like Nick Clegg I still can't really explain how this is different from single transferable vote (STV) but I think that it is something like this; in STV all but two candidates are deleted after the 1's are counted. (Correction; see Imogens comment)
Maybe you can predict, from reading the above method, if I left the debate thinking Yes to AV or No to AV. You will have to read my next blog entry to find out... AV or not AV