Tactical voting to change the British electoral system
In view of the prospects of "hung parliament" in the final days before the British House of Commons election is the "tactical voting" to avoid a stalemate has become the talk of the town. The majority voting system in the 650 constituencies and the constellation of three competitors of relatively equal strength make it difficult for the parties to win the election "Vote swapping" Across party lines. In the 2000 U.S. presidential election, the so-called "Vote Swapping" organized via online platforms to find partners willing to cooperate – it already seems too late for this in Great Britain, but in times of real-time political communication via Twitter or Facebook many things are still possible on election day.
The possibility of "tactical voting" contrary to the actual party preference is now even propagated by some Labour politicians. For example, Education Minister Ed Balls and the Minister for Wales, Peter Hain, are hoping for an "intelligent behavior" at the ballot box and recommend their own supporters to vote for Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats – if this prevents a Conservative success in the constituency.