Since nominations for our Parish Council do not exceed the vacancies, and since Robert Wainwright, our Ryedale District Councillor, is unopposed, Slingsby voters will have nobody to elect on 5 May. Therefore, we will be in a position to concentrate on the arguably more important issue of the voting system for parliamentary elections. We will be asked in the referendum if we wish to see the Alternative Vote (AV) system introduced in place of First Past the Post. AV seeks to ensure no one is elected without a broad base of support (normally a majority of the votes cast). It does this by asking voters to place candidates in order of preference. First Past the Post claims to ensure stable, majority governments, even though a majority of votes cast is not required to win. Follow the links below for more information to help you decide on this important issue.