This is a very quick one.
Should the candidate with the most support be elected? I think so.
Second part of the argument is slightly more complicated..but not by much.
What would you say has most support on average? A first or second preference?
If we agree, like I hope we can, that the higher the preference the higher the level of support, we can agree that counting all preferences the same does not accurately show support.
Who would you say has most support out of this example for instance?
Candidate A has 10 1st preference votes.
Candidate B has 5 1st preferences, 3 2nd preferences and 2 3rd preferences.
AV would say there is no difference between the two candidates.
Fptp would say that ' A ' wins
That is a simple one, what about the same example but with candidate B having an extra 4th preference vote.
How much more would you say a 1st preference shows support than a 3rd or 4th? Would it cancel it out perhaps?
Under AV ' B ' would be elected..
I don't think this reflects support at all.