On Elections

How people elect parliaments

Canada’s new parliamentary caucuses are all wrongly constituted

Canada has a newly elected national parliament, but its composition is very wrong. In fact, the party parliamentary caucuses in the new House of Commons are unrepresentative of the Canadian … Continue reading

November 7, 2019 · 12 Comments

Australia unchanged

Australia has gone to a national election, and the result is a Parliament virtually identical to the outgoing one. The incumbent Liberal-National government will continue in office. And key political … Continue reading

May 19, 2019 · 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

South Australian election historic, but for the wrong reasons

The unpredictable – some said “unwinnable” – election in South Australia has thrown up a result not at all favoured by the polls and betting markets; a majority Liberal government. … Continue reading

March 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

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

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 · 1 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

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 · 1 Comment