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How people elect parliaments

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

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 dual citizenship rules could distort composition of Parliament

Australia’s late 19th-century constitutional bar on duel citizenships, combined with more modern 20th and 21st century national approaches to the notion of citizenship, threatens to make the Australian Parliament increasingly … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · 1 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

French shrug, stay home from legislative election

The French have stayed away in droves from the first round of their national legislative election, with a shockingly low voter turnout of just 47%. Sunday’s election turnout result – … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

UK Election 2017 – Who gets represented in British Parliaments?

The House of Commons in Britain’s Parliament is meant to represent all the nation’s people. It doesn’t. The House just ended, elected in 2015, represented just 33% of registered voters. … Continue reading

June 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Republicans stay home in congressional re-election

The first of five special elections to replace departing US Congressmen has seen over half of Republican party voters stay home. But who will take over Frank Underwood’s old seat in May? … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · Leave a comment