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Results of the AV Referendum in Northern Ireland and UK, Thursday 5 May 2011



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The 2011 Referendum on the Alternative Vote

The following is a first DRAFT of the results of the 2011 Referendum held in Northern Ireland and other regions of the UK, on Thursday 5 May 2011.

Introduction

On 5 May 2011 there was a referendum across the whole of the UK on the possible introduction of the Alternative Vote (AV) system for Westminster elections.

In Northern Ireland the referendum was held on the same day as the election to the Northern Ireland Assembly and also local government elections across the 26 district councils. Thus voters who took part in the elections were given three different ballot papers, involving two voting systems (PR, using STV, for the Assembly and local elections, and an 'X' for the referendum).

Summary of Results in Northern Ireland

Electorate
1,210,009
Number of Votes Cast (Turnout / Poll)
668,869
Percentage Turnout / Poll:
55.28%
Number of Invalid / Spoilt Votes:
7,062
Number of Valid Votes Cast:
661,794
Percentage Valid Votes Cast:
54.69%

 

The question on the referendum ballot paper was:
At present, the UK uses the 'first past the post' system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the 'alternative vote' system be used instead? Yes or no?

Number of Votes
Percentage of Votes
YES
289,088
43.68%
NO
372,706
56.32%

 


Summary of Results across the UK

 

Regional Results of 2011 AV Referendum
Region
'Yes' votes
'Yes' %
'No' votes
'No' %
Northern Ireland
289,088
43.7
372,706
56.3
London
734,427
39.5
1,123,480
60.5
Scotland
713,813
36.4
1,249,375
63.6
Wales
325,349
34.6
616,307
65.4
South West
564,541
31.5
1,225,305
68.5
Yorkshire & Humber
474,532
31.3
1,042,178
68.7
North West
613,249
30.2
1,416,201
69.8
South East
823,793
29.7
1,951,793
70.3
East of England
530,140
29
1,298,004
71
East Midlands
408,877
28.7
1,013,864
71.3
West Midlands
461,847
28.5
1,157,772
71.5
North East
212,951
28.1
546,138
71.9
UK
32.1
67.9

 

 

 


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