How people elect parliaments
(Progress update: The ‘Elections’ section of the site is currently (May 2017) undergoing major reconstruction and development. Text in grey indicates material underdevelopment. It may take some months for the national pages and links promised below to all be included. The project to prepare and include tabulated datasets of election results will take longer still.)
Elections results and data to be hosted on this website
This page is the entry point to this website’s collection of election results data and analysis covering elections in a limited selection of specific nations (and selected sub-national jurisdictions).
The selection covers 16 nations and 4 subnational jurisdictions. The selection covers several major democracies, but also prioritises focus to illustrate each of the major voting methods. (The majority of the world’s national parliaments are either elected using seat allocation systems (that is, party list proportional systems) or using the plurality (first-past-the-post) method.)
In general the starting date for data coverage is the year 2000, although the Australian data collection will commence from 1901.
The covered nations and the national voting systems they use are as follows:
Preferential SMD: Australia
Two-round runoff SMD: France
Seat allocation (party-list proportional): the Netherlands
Plurality and ‘slate’ voting: Singapore
For each selected nation linked pages provide an outline the nature and brief history of the electoral system in use, links to OnElections essays 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).
At each national page will be found links to short reports on each specific election; for direct access use this index.