On Elections

How people elect parliaments

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

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

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

In memoriam: leading Australian electoral reformer passes away

One of the architects of the leading-edge electoral system used to elect the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, Canberra resident Boguslaw (Bogey) Musidlak, passed away last week. Musidlak, 63, was … Continue reading

September 4, 2017 · 2 Comments

Maine voters endorse preferential choice voting

Amidst the drama of the historic presidential election on November 8, voters in the US state of Maine endorsed a ballot measure to adopt preferential voting. Using a public referendum, Maine … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Italians dump their Prime Minister’s electoral reform plan

A failed attempt at electoral reform by referendum has resulted in the resignation of the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. Italy’s constitutional system has the unique feature of the government … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · Leave a comment