On Elections

How people elect parliaments

Ontario voters stay home, leaving a barely legitimate Assembly

Yesterday’s provincial election for the Ontario Legislative Assembly raises some alarming questions about how Canadian electoral systems are functioning to provide representative and responsible government. The most dramatic outcome of … Continue reading

June 4, 2022 · 3 Comments

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

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 · 1 Comment

UK Conservatives’ early election call cost them majority

Had UK Prime Minister Theresa May waited several months to call an election, her Conservative government might have retained its House of Commons majority in a smaller Parliament, even on … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Will the UK ever get revised electoral boundaries?

The UK Government is pondering yet another major delay to a redistribution of House of Commons constituency boundaries, according to a report in The Times. If true, the House of … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

US states edge forward on automatic voter registration

A 10th US state has now legislated to automate the process of voter registration, bringing coverage up to 25% of the US population. In the United States automatic voter registration – … Continue reading

September 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Australian electoral roll tops 16 million after marriage vote enrolment surge

The Australian electoral roll has surged to its highest and most complete level ever, in time for the planned national survey of views on marriage equality scheduled to commence in … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Next UK electoral boundaries will leave ‘youth surge’ out

By late 2018 Britain is set to have new constituency boundaries for future House of Commons elections. But they will be based on December 2015 voter registration numbers, leaving out … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

UK Election 2017 – WTF just happened?

England is the Mother of Parliaments, according to John Bright (1852). But the results of the June 8 UK election will instead read the Riot Act (1714) to those who … Continue reading

June 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

UK Election 2017 – Who’s going to show up?

Are the young going to vote in large numbers and change the outcome of the UK elections? In 2015 only 43% of UK voters aged 18-24 turned out to vote. … Continue reading

June 8, 2017 · Leave a comment