Understanding alternative voting, with coffee and beer

Here's Dan Snow explaining the "alternative voting" scheme that Britons will have the chance to vote on next week. Critics of AV have described it as too complicated. I don't know that "simple" necessarily means "better" when it comes to governments -- the "simplest" government being: "I am in charge and you do what I say or I chop your head off." But even so, Snow makes a good case for the intuitive simpleness of alternative voting, using a good example of friends deciding whether to go for coffee or beer. I'll be voting for AV on the 5th. I want to be able to vote for the best candidate, not the least-worst one, and not worry about "wasting" my vote.

Dan Snow's Alternative (via Memex 1.1)