On Elections

How people elect parliaments

Scottish may be the key to UK electoral reform

If at any time soon the British Parliament legislates to reform the nation’s electoral system, it will almost certainly require the support of the Scottish National Party. After the recent … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Millions of British Voters Had No Choice

Millions of Britons could not exercise a proper choice at last June’s national elections, according to a new report from the British Electoral Reform Society. The ERS report condemns the continued … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Next UK electoral boundaries will leave ‘youth surge’ out

By late 2018 Britain is set to have new constituency boundaries for future House of Commons elections. But they will be based on December 2015 voter registration numbers, leaving out … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

The present – and near future – of UK tactical voting

Was the hung-parliament result of this month’s British elections affected by tactical voting? Indeed it was – and even more so will the next election be, if it is held … Continue reading

June 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Irish Unionists are nervous as vote patterns shift

The UK government stumbling towards a political accomodation with the Irish unionist DUP party comes at a time of increasing edginess for the unionist movement. Voters in both the Republic … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lack of compromise training may hurt English Conservatives

English Tory politicians may rue the fact that decades of devotion to the first-part-the-post system leaves them untrained in the art of multi-party compromise. After Thursday’s shock election result, a … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

UK Election 2017 – Who gets represented in British Parliaments?

The House of Commons in Britain’s Parliament is meant to represent all the nation’s people. It doesn’t. The House just ended, elected in 2015, represented just 33% of registered voters. … Continue reading

June 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

UK Election 2017 – Tactical voting costs British voters choice – but will it work?

It’s not a real choice when you’re forced to change your mind. Some media observers of tomorrow’s UK elections are estimating that as many as a third of British voters … Continue reading

June 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

UK Election 2017 – Far from equal: most British have little say over government

There is no genuine equality of the influence of the vote of each British person in national elections. Endemic to all single-member-division electoral systems is a striking degree of influence … Continue reading

June 8, 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 · 3 Comments