Haley Smith is an expert in democratic theory, and is applying that expertise to our studies of RCV’s impacts on civility and descriptive representation. Haley grew up in Pittsburgh and received her B.A. in Political Science and Economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland. She is currently finishing up her M.A. in Political Science at the University of British Columbia.
This past Saturday, the Australian Labor Party took control of the Western Australian state parliament after more than eight years of Liberal Party leadership. In a historic swing election, voters emphatically rejected the ruling Liberal-National coalition, with outgoing premier Colin Barnett conceding the race less than three hours after the polls closed. Support for the popular minor party, One Nation, was low as well.
Nearly two weeks after it started, Wisconsin’s presidential recount is complete. The recount, which was requested by Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein and independent candidate Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente ahead of Wisconsin’s November 25th filing deadline, yielded a small vote gain (131 votes of the nearly 2.8 million cast) for president-elect Donald Trump.