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How people elect parliaments

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

South Australian election 2018: preview

Australia may be headed for an historic upset of its traditional two-party election dynamic at the election of the State parliament in South Australia on March 17. For decades the … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

US Gerrymandering declared unconstitutional – again

A superior federal court in another US state – this time North Carolina – has declared that partisan gerrymandering of electoral districts is contrary to the US Constitution. A three-judge … Continue reading

January 10, 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 · 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

US state and local elections will test national mood

Voters in two US states – Virginia and New Jersey – will provide the first major test of the impact of the Trump administration on US politics. Elections for a … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Will gerrymandering of US elections live or die?

The legal arguments are lining up in what may be the most significant electoral law case of the decade in the United States Supreme Court. American’s legislative elections are racked … Continue reading

September 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gerrymandering still rife in US congressional districts

As US voters go to the polls to choose 435 House of Representatives members, the Republican party has an artificial advantage of more than 20 seats, built into the contest … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · Leave a comment