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- Posted: May 21, 2014
- Author(s): Anthony Ramicone
- Categories: Asia and Oceania, Home, International Elections, Elections Worldwide
In India's election of the 16th Lok Sabha, the BJP appeared to win a landslide victory, winning a majority of seats. In reality, India's winner-take-all system generated significant disproportionality, artificially inflating BJP's mandate.
- Posted: May 20, 2014
- Author(s): Anthony Ramicone
- Categories: Middle East and Africa, Home, International Elections, Elections Worldwide
South Africa's fifth general election since the end of the apartheid era brought another victory for the ruling ANC, but their support has been wavering. The proportional representation system, originally advocated by Mandela, has brought proportional outcomes to South African elections.
In a highly competitive election that brought over 8 thousand voters to the polls, students at UCLA used ranked choice voting (RCV) to elect student government officials last week. With 30 candidates vying for 13 offices, these elections showed that ranked choice voting can help students to elect officers that represent a broad range of voices in a large and diverse community.
The 2014 primary season is underway, and voters in eight states have already cast ballots that will determine winners in the 2014 midterm elections. Since 371 congressional districts are safe for one of the major parties, whichever candidate in the majority party wins their party’s nomination in those districts is going to be safely elected in November’s general election. Despite their importance, turnout has been upsettingly low in many of these primaries – sometimes as low at 16% of registered voters. It’s time for us to fix the primaries.
- Posted: May 7, 2014
- Author(s): Andrea Levien, Devin McCarthy, Rob Richie
- Categories: National Popular Vote, Presidential Elections, Home
Following New York’s resounding passage of the National Popular Vote plan to reform the Electoral College, the New York Post editorial team voiced concerns about the reform effort. We want to explain why they got it wrong.
- Posted: May 6, 2014
- Author(s): Drew Spencer
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting, Reforms, Home, FairVote
On Tuesday, April 29th, a group of Colorado activists called The Coalition for a New Colorado Election System held a press conference to announce that it has begun collecting signatures for a new approach to election reform. This approach will both open the primaries to independent voters while simultaneously opening the general election to real electoral competition.
- Posted: May 5, 2014
- Author(s): Rais Akbar
- Categories: Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Home, Voting Rights
The Voting Rights Act has been critical for protecting voting rights since its passage in 1965. But as a recent case in Texas shows, preconditions that assume the use of single-member districts prevent the VRA from being used to its full effect.