On Elections

How people elect parliaments

First-past-the-post: a rogue’s practice?

How did ‘first-past-the-post’ voting – the common target of election reform campaigns in Britain, Canada and the US – get its famous name? “FPTP” is really just a plurality criterion: … Continue reading

July 31, 2018 · 7 Comments

Australia nears its centenary of ranked choice voting

Five seats in the Australian Parliament have been decided in a weekend of by-elections using preferential (ranked choice) voting. Across the United States and Canada, reform movements are calling for … Continue reading

July 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Mainers defend preferential voting … for now

Voters in the US state of Maine have today backed an unusual ballot to veto controversial electoral legislation of the state legislature, in doing so protecting a 2016 referendum vote … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · Leave a 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

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

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

Nepal to resume parliamentary democracy after 20 years of strife

After two decades of national turmoil, Nepal is on the verge of restoring government by parliamentary democracy. The Himalayan nation’s new parliament will be elected over two election days. Elections … Continue reading

November 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chileans mainly stay home despite better electoral system

Low voter turnout has featured in the first Chilean legislative election to be free of Pinochet-era electoral distortions. From the late 1980s – as the former military Junta faced losing … Continue reading

November 25, 2017 · Leave a comment