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How people elect parliaments

Close final US House special election backs ‘blue wave’ prediction

Predictions of a major ‘wave’ against Republican party incumbents in the coming US midterm elections have gained ground at the final special election to be held before the general election … Continue reading

August 9, 2018 · 3 Comments

Zimbabwe: another doubtful and deadly election result

There have already been deaths on the streets of Harare after Sunday’s elections in Zimbabwe, and if the election results released so far are any guide, protest by opposition supporters … Continue reading

August 2, 2018 · 2 Comments

First-past-the-post: a rogue’s practice?

How did ‘first-past-the-post’ voting – the common target of election reform campaigns in Britain, Canada and the US – get its famous name? “FPTP” is really just a plurality criterion: … Continue reading

July 31, 2018 · 7 Comments

Australia nears its centenary of ranked choice voting

Five seats in the Australian Parliament have been decided in a weekend of by-elections using preferential (ranked choice) voting. Across the United States and Canada, reform movements are calling for … Continue reading

July 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Canadian parliamentary governments have a strange lack of voter backing

Last weeks’s provincial election for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario highlights a major problem with Canadian elections: the surprisingly low electoral mandates of almost all their national and provincial governments. … Continue reading

June 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mainers defend preferential voting … for now

Voters in the US state of Maine have today backed an unusual ballot to veto controversial electoral legislation of the state legislature, in doing so protecting a 2016 referendum vote … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

British Columbia electoral reform plan announced

The government of the Canadian province of British Columbia has announced details of a plebiscite to be held in November on the future system for electing the province’s Legislative Assembly. … Continue reading

May 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Independent reviews of Australian electoral boundaries announced

Electoral boundaries for Australia’s national elections are being changed, and by a process entirely free of the gerrymandering that is afflicting elections in the United States, Malaysia and elsewhere. Australia … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · 5 Comments

Malaysian government calls elections on grossly malapportioned boundaries

Malaysians will go to the polls on May 9 to try to elect a parliament, using what are probably the world’s most distorted electoral district boundaries. Malaysia has been governed … Continue reading

April 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Hungarian government retains absolute control of parliament

Despite winning only 48% of the national vote overnight, Hungary’s dominant Fidesz party has again taken around 67% of the seats in the nation’s parliament. The two-thirds majority will allow … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment