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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

Hungarian government retains absolute control of parliament

Despite winning only 48% of the national vote overnight, Hungary’s dominant Fidesz party has again taken around 67% of the seats in the nation’s parliament. The two-thirds majority will allow … Continue reading

April 9, 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

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

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

The numbers for Italy’s next government: no good options

The Italian election has produced the result anticipated by polls, and dreaded by most external observers – a complicated three-way scenario between the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement (5*M) and the … Continue reading

March 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Nepal to resume parliamentary democracy after 20 years of strife

After two decades of national turmoil, Nepal is on the verge of restoring government by parliamentary democracy. The Himalayan nation’s new parliament will be elected over two election days. Elections … Continue reading

November 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

UK House of Commons debates proportional representation

The debate over electoral reform for the United Kingdom has moved a small step forward, with a debate in the House of Commons on the subject. In response to well-supported … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Japanese parliament brings huge majority, but in distorted result

The early election called by Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe has served him well, narrowly maintaining his government’s two-thirds majority in the Shugi-in, the lower house of the Japanese parliament. … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment