On Elections

How people elect parliaments

Australia unchanged

Australia has gone to a national election, and the result is a Parliament virtually identical to the outgoing one. The incumbent Liberal-National government will continue in office. And key political … Continue reading

May 19, 2019 · 1 Comment

Australia goes to the polls

Australians head to the polls today to elect their 46th national House of Representatives and half their Senate, both using preferential (ranked choice) voting. It will be a poignant event … Continue reading

May 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ranked choice voting: the Australian connection

Australians have been watching developments last week regarding ranked choice voting* (RCV) in the state of Maine – and potentially elsewhere in the US – with great interest, because Australia … Continue reading

November 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Independent reviews of Australian electoral boundaries announced

Electoral boundaries for Australia’s national elections are being changed, and by a process entirely free of the gerrymandering that is afflicting elections in the United States, Malaysia and elsewhere. Australia … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · 5 Comments

South Australian election historic, but for the wrong reasons

The unpredictable – some said “unwinnable” – election in South Australia has thrown up a result not at all favoured by the polls and betting markets; a majority Liberal government. … Continue reading

March 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Unusual Australian elections will highlight role of preferential voting

Two elections in Australia today – a by-election for a vacant seat in the national Parliament and the election of the state Parliament of South Australia – will highlight peculiarities … Continue reading

March 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tasmanians elect Liberal majority government

Tasmanians, voting with their century-old single transferable vote (STV) voting system, have returned the incumbent Liberal party to majority government. Since the southern-most Australian state started using the voter-proportional election … Continue reading

March 4, 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

Tasmanian election 2018: preview

Voters in the Australian state of Tasmania head to the polls on Saturday March 3rd. The incumbent Liberal majority government is facing a significant challenge in holding its majority of … Continue reading

February 20, 2018 · Leave a comment