Content Categorized with "Europe"
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- Posted: November 26, 2012
- Author(s): Sara Helmi, Devin McCarthy
- Categories: Europe, Home, International Elections, Elections Worldwide
Think the U.S. House elections had a structural bias in favor of one party? The partisan bias in Ukraine's parliamentary elections, held just a week before the American elections, was even worse.
- Posted: October 18, 2012
- Author(s): Devin McCarthy, Sara Helmi
- Categories: Instant Runoff Voting/Ranked Choice Voting, Europe, International Elections, Home, Elections Worldwide
As the results of Russia's October 14 local elections show, the rumors of United Russia's death have been greatly exaggerated. But did Vladimir Putin's party manipulate Russia's electoral laws to keep power?
- Posted: October 17, 2012
- Author(s): Devin McCarthy, Sara Helmi
- Categories: Europe, International Elections, Home, Elections Worldwide
Lithuania's conservative government is likely to be toppled following a defeat in the October 14 national elections. Lithuania uses a combination of open list proportional representation and a winner-take-all runoff system based on geographic constituencies to elect its legislature.
- Posted: July 31, 2012
- Author(s): Devin McCarthy
- Categories: Europe, Reforms, Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Home, Elections Worldwide
A lordship, by its very definition, has historically not been an elected office. But there is a strong movement in the British House of Commons to transform the upper house of the British parliament, the House of Lords, into a largely elected body based on proportional representation. This reform is long overdue.
- Posted: May 7, 2012
- Author(s): HÃ¼seyin Koyuncu, Rob Richie
- Categories: Europe, Presidential Elections, FairVote, Elections Worldwide
France elected a new president on May 6 in a majority runoff in which Francois Hollande defeated incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy. FairVote's director and FairVote intern Huseyin Koyuncu, a French student from Sciences Po, report on the election and five notable facts about how France votes.
The French presidential election of 2012 is the 10th presidential election in the 5th Republic and the 9th election by direct universal suffrage. The winner will serve a term of five years. The first round was held on April 22 and the runoff will take place on Sunday, May 6.
- Posted: December 7, 2011
- Author(s): Elise Helgesen
- Categories: Europe, Middle East and Africa, Universal Voter Registration, Home
Egypt recently began the process of electing members to its People's Assembly. Egypt's parliamentary elections provide an example for the United States worth taking note. Egypt uses a system of universal voter registration, which helped bring large numbers of voters to the polls. FairVote believes this type of universal voter registration would modernize and improve the type of voter registration in American elections.
- Posted: November 23, 2011
- Author(s): HÃ¼seyin Koyuncu
- Categories: Europe, Home, International Elections
Francois Hollande, the so-called “Mr. Normal” of French politics, will now represent the Socialist party in the April 2012 general election as his party seeks to unseat incumbent first-term president Nicolas Sarkozy. The party’s most critical challenge will be to unite behind its official candidate, lest bitter feelings and ideological squabbling endanger the party’s chances against Sarkozy. Those focused on electoral process are particularly interested in how Hollande won France's first-ever national primary to pick a major party nominee
- Posted: November 6, 2011
- Author(s): Rob Richie
- Categories: Instant Runoff Voting/Ranked Choice Voting, Europe, Home, Elections Worldwide
Our political leaders are again rolling the dice with the American people. Rather than pursue statutory solutions to potential electoral landmines, they've left intact a set of electoral rules that aren’t designed for elections where voters have more than two choices. Ireland last month showcased a better way in its elections. As with all other well-established democracies with presidential elections, Ireland elects its president based on a national popular vote. It uses instant runoff voting to uphold the goal of majority rule.