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Close final US House special election backs ‘blue wave’ prediction

Predictions of a major ‘wave’ against Republican party incumbents in the coming US midterm elections have gained ground at the final special election to be held before the general election … Continue reading

August 9, 2018 · 4 Comments

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

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

Democrats seize congressional seat in historic cliffhanger vote

A seat in the United States House of Representatives appears to have changed hands, with Democratic Party candidate Conor Lamb holding a 847-vote margin in late-night counting for the special … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Elections in 2018

After multiple world electoral dramas in 2017, the 2018 calendar year will be relatively quiet for parliamentary elections, with few major nations going to the polls. The main event will … Continue reading

January 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Boilover in Alabama: Half of traditional Republican voters stay home

A dramatic special election for a United States Senator for Alabama has ended with the Democratic candidate Doug Jones defeating his astoundingly controversial Republican opponent Roy Moore. Jones polled 49.9% … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

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