On Elections

How people elect parliaments

Unusual Australian elections will highlight role of preferential voting

Two elections in Australia today – a by-election for a vacant seat in the national Parliament and the election of the state Parliament of South Australia – will highlight peculiarities … Continue reading

March 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Who’s been interfering with the Russian elections …?

Russia’s presidential ‘election’ is happening this weekend. Everyone already knows who the winner will be. But President Vladimir Putin also knows how to win a parliamentary election – merely by … Continue reading

March 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Complex Colombian political landscape searches for peace with FARC guerrillas

Last weekend’s elections in Colombia have produced complex parliamentary chambers where even the largest two parties could not combine to reach a majority of seats. Colombia has a highly proportional … Continue reading

March 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Congressional cliffhanger: did the Libertarian cost the Republican victory?

The very close result in last night’s special election for the vacant 18th congressional district of Pennsylvania looks set to attract a lot of attention to the idea of ranked choice … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Democrats seize congressional seat in historic cliffhanger vote

A seat in the United States House of Representatives appears to have changed hands, with Democratic Party candidate Conor Lamb holding a 847-vote margin in late-night counting for the special … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Salvadoreans can divide their votes between parties

Voters in El Salvador have elected their national Asamblea Legislativa (Legislative Assembly), using an unusual variant of the party list seat allocation electoral system. In filling out their ballots, Salvadoreans … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

German parties will form new governing grand coalition

Nearly six months on from last year’s national elections, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will finally form a new government with a parliamentary mandate, after Social Democrat party members agreed to … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

The numbers for Italy’s next government: no good options

The Italian election has produced the result anticipated by polls, and dreaded by most external observers – a complicated three-way scenario between the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement (5*M) and the … Continue reading

March 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tasmanians elect Liberal majority government

Tasmanians, voting with their century-old single transferable vote (STV) voting system, have returned the incumbent Liberal party to majority government. Since the southern-most Australian state started using the voter-proportional election … Continue reading

March 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Italian election preview: a mess, partly down to electoral system design

Italians go to the polls on Sunday, but seem unlikely to end up with a happy parliament. The nation’s 48 million voters will elect the two chambers of their national … Continue reading

March 3, 2018 · 1 Comment