How people elect parliaments
This page will form the entry point to this site’s collection of election results data and analysis. It cover elections in a limited selection of specific nations (and selected sub-national jurisdictions).
(Note: The ‘Elections’ section of the site is currently undergoing development, which will be a long project!
→ Covered nations
The selection covers 16 nations together with several subnational jurisdictions. The selection prioritises nations which illustrate each of the major voting methods.
Plurality single-member division (SMD) voting: the United States (House of Representatives and Senate) the United Kingdom, Canada (including selected provinces), India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Zimbabwe
Preferential SMD: Australia (including five of its states and the Northern Territory)
Two-round runoff SMD: France
Seat allocation (party-list proportional): the Netherlands
Mixed plurality and ‘slate’ voting: Singapore
Plurality with nomination distortion: Italy
For each selected nation linked pages provide an outline the nature and brief history of the electoral system in use, links to OnElections commentary and analysis relating to this nation, an overview of the party configuration contesting elections, the key electoral system outcomes in relation to the primary goals of representation, and data on election results (where completed).
In general the starting date for data coverage is the year 2010, although the Australian data collection will commence from 1901.
→ Full catalogue of national electoral systems.
→ Direct index of all reports on specific elections.