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- Posted: March 5, 2010
- Author(s): Pauline Lejeune
- Categories: Democracy SOS Project, Middle East and Africa, Research & Analysis, Home, FairVote, Elections Worldwide
This Sunday, Iraq will elect its parliament for the third time in five years. For the first time, they will use an “open” list proportional system, which is seen as a major step to cement Iraqi democracy.
- Posted: February 24, 2010
- Author(s): Pauline Lejeune
- Categories: Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Middle East and Africa, Research & Analysis, Home, FairVote, Elections Worldwide
FairVote starts a series of comprehensive blog posts about the Iraqi 2010 parliamentary elections, focusing on how Iraq has been working on building an inclusive fair voting system by relying on proportional representation (PR) instead of winner-take-all.
- Posted: November 24, 2009
- Author(s): Pauline Lejeune, Rob Richie
- Categories: Research & Analysis, Asia and Oceania, International Elections, FairVote, All Reports
The Japanese parliamentary elections in August 30, 2009 marked a turning point in Japan’s political history. Since 1955, Japan has been dominated by one party, with the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) as the governing party for all but 11 months. But in these elections the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) defeated the LDP, winning 308 seats to 109 for the LDP in the 480-seat House of Representatives.
Today the machinery of American democracy (literally) is increasingly dependent on one large corporation with little interest in transparency, competition or innovations that might affect its bottom line. For years FairVote has proposed publicly controlled voting processes, ideally with transparent administration and clear lines of accountability grounded in publicly owned voting equipment.
Proving the value of transparency and redundancy in ballot-counting, an independent rescanning of ballots cast in the May 5, 2009 elections in Aspen (CO) showed that the voting machines used for the initial vote count entirely missed 11 (0.4%) out of the 2,544 ballots cast. The ballots were initially counted with Pitkin County's Premier (formerly Diebold) AccuVote optical scan voting machines, one of the most widely used optical scanning systems in the country. The error was discovered when TrueBallot, Inc., employed under contract with the city of Aspen to re-tally the elections at a central location, rescanned all ballots using a commercial off-the-shelf scanner and discovered the erroneously disregarded 11 ballots.
- Posted: May 26, 2009
- Author(s): Paul Fidalgo, David Segal
- Categories: Research & Analysis, Universal Voter Registration, FairVote, All Reports
A movement is growing within the states to swing the doors of our democracy wide open, encouraging and facilitating the active participation of young people in the electoral process.
- Posted: April 21, 2009
- Author(s): Eve Robert
- Categories: Research & Analysis, Universal Voter Registration, International Elections, FairVote, All Reports
The United States is one of the few democracies in the world where the government does not take any responsibility in registering its citizens. This one-of-a-kind, self-initiated voter registration process acts as a major barrier to voter turnout and leads to often inaccurate voter rolls.