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Winner-Take-All Elections Exacerbate Kenya's Ethnic Tensions

Posted on What's New by Andrew Douglas, Sara Helmi on May 02, 2013

Kenya's use of winner-take-all elections provides few incentives for inter-ethnic cooperation. Proportional representation could help bridge the country's ethnic divides.

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Japan's Electoral Unfairness Goes Deeper than Malapportionment

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on April 05, 2013

Several of Japan's high courts have called the 2012 election unconstitutional because of malapportionment. But the continued use of winner-take-all elections is the deeper cause of Japan's distorted electoral outcomes.

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Italian Elections Expose Non-Proportional and Ineffective Voting System

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on February 28, 2013

In the aftermath of Italy's general election on February 25-26, outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti asserted that "no country has such a bad electoral law as Italy." That may be an exaggeration, but there was plenty to be dissatisfied with in the election results.

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Czech Republic Holds First Popular Election for President

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on January 29, 2013

On January 26, Czech citizens had the chance to directly elect their president for the first time since the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993. They used a national popular vote with a majority runoff to do it.

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Putin Orders Return to Parallel Electoral System for Russian Duma

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on January 07, 2013

Do not be fooled by Vladimir Putin's claims that the reintroduction of single-member, winner-take-all seats to the Russian Duma will be a step towards a fairer and freer democracy in Russia. It is instead a step towards the continuation of one-party rule.

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Ukrainian Elections Are Another Example of Partisan Bias Caused by Winner-Take-All

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on November 26, 2012

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. 

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France May Introduce a Little Bit of Proportional Representation to its Legislative Elections

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on November 12, 2012

Proportional representation may be coming to the French legislature--or at least 10% of it.

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Putin's United Russia Wins Resounding Victories in Local Elections

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on October 18, 2012

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?

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Opposition Parties Win First Round of Lithuanian Elections

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on October 16, 2012

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.

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Major Media Gets it Wrong on Hong Kong Elections

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on September 24, 2012

Hong Kong's pro-democracy parties did not perform as well as expected in the September 9 Legislative Council elections. The New York Times would have you believe that the disappointing result can be blamed on Hong Kong's proportional representation system. But that explanation is misleading and distracts from the real problems of the city's electoral structure.

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