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How people elect parliaments

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

Gun reform cause: partisanship imposed by broken US voting system

The astonishing campaign by US school students to change gun safety law leads directly to calls for current legislators to respond, or be voted out of office. But one key … Continue reading

March 25, 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

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

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

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

Virginia state vote ends in farce

The first election to be resolved in 2018 is actually for an American state legislature voted for last November – but the election has ended in farce. The Virginia House … Continue reading

January 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Elections in 2018

After multiple world electoral dramas in 2017, the 2018 calendar year will be relatively quiet for parliamentary elections, with few major nations going to the polls. The main event will … Continue reading

January 3, 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