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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

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

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

National parliamentary elections for the remainder of 2017

After a quiet few months, a round of national parliamentary elections starting in coming days will highlight a number of the world’s electoral systems. The election of the Storting of … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · 1 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

Electoral reform movement spreading across United States

Amid one of the most turbulent periods in US political history, campaigns for reforming the nation’s legislative election systems have been springing up across the nation in recent years. In … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

Montana special congressional election turns violent

The election campaign to fill a vacant seat in the US House of Representatives has ended bizarrely, with the Republican candidate assaulting a journalist in front of witnesses the evening before … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Maine preferential voting reform back to square one

A judicial interpretation of mid-19th century terminology has trashed the desire of the citizens of the US state of Maine to start electing their politicians by preferential voting. In November … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 2 Comments