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US Gerrymandering declared unconstitutional – again

A superior federal court in another US state – this time North Carolina – has declared that partisan gerrymandering of electoral districts is contrary to the US Constitution. A three-judge … Continue reading

January 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Catalans vote to retain a pro-independence parliament

The world’s last legislative election for 2017 – an emergency election for the Parliament of the Spanish region of Catalonia – has affirmed the Catalan population’s support for political parties … Continue reading

December 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

Australian parliament’s dual citizenship fiasco to roll into 2018

The constitutional high farce that has already seen 8 Australian MPS and Senators removed from Parliament now sees around a dozen more MPs under threat of removal. From July this … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dual foreign citizens ousted from Australian Parliament

Australian voters cannot elect candidates with inherited dual citizenship to their national Parliament, the nation’s High Court has ruled, despite nearly half of the nation’s people having – or being … Continue reading

October 27, 2017 · 3 Comments

Electoral reform efforts active in Canada

Canadian electoral reform organisations continue to be active in several of the nation’s provinces, despite the disappointment of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau abandoning a 2015 election pledge to secure electoral … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Will gerrymandering of US elections live or die?

The legal arguments are lining up in what may be the most significant electoral law case of the decade in the United States Supreme Court. American’s legislative elections are racked … Continue reading

September 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Australian dual citizenship rules could distort composition of Parliament

Australia’s late 19th-century constitutional bar on duel citizenships, combined with more modern 20th and 21st century national approaches to the notion of citizenship, threatens to make the Australian Parliament increasingly … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dual citizenship crisis roils Australian Parliament

Australia’s constitutional rules relating to eligibility for parliamentary election are wreaking havoc across the current Parliament. Two senators have already resigned, and three more parliamentarians have been referred to the … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Australian eligibility laws claim another member of parliament

Australia’s constitutional limits on who can be a candidate for election have struck again, causing one of the more experienced of the Greens Senators to give up his seat in … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Maine preferential voting reform back to square one

A judicial interpretation of mid-19th century terminology has trashed the desire of the citizens of the US state of Maine to start electing their politicians by preferential voting. In November … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 2 Comments