On Elections

How people elect parliaments

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

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

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

Queensland voters continue the breakdown of two-party dominance

Over 30% of Queensland voters have turned away from the state’s two traditional major political parties, in a complex election result which will take several days to resolve. The election … Continue reading

November 26, 2017 · 4 Comments

Queensland headed for close, complex election result

Voters in the Australian state of Queensland will elect their state Legislative Assembly tomorrow. The poll is shaping up as a close contest between the two main parties, with the … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Queensland state election called early – for last time?

The Legislative Assembly of Queensland has been dissolved for an early election – possibly the last time a state premier can casually choose an election date in Australia. Once the … Continue reading

October 30, 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

Complaints of both chaos and corruption in PNG elections

Elections taking place in Papua New Guinea are tainted by both chaos and corruption, according to a leading independent election observer. Elections for the 111-member National Parliament are run over several … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Canadian conservatives weight members’ votes in choosing new leader

On Sunday the Conservative Party of Canada elected its new national Leader, using a highly unusual weighted preferential voting system which gave heartland party supporters relatively low vote weights. Members … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · 4 Comments

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