Pages tagged "International elections"


Choice Voting vs. The Challengers: The Irish Convention on the Constitution Decides

Posted on What's New by Robert Fekete on August 07, 2013

The Irish Constitutional Convention was tasked with finding the best electoral system for Ireland, and all options were on the table. They decided to stick with the choice voting form of fair representation, with only 3 percent preferring U.S.-style single-member districts.   

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Irish Convention Recommends Lowering the Voting Age

Posted on What's New by Robert Fekete on July 08, 2013

The Irish Convention of the Constitution has recommended that Ireland become the 18th nation in the world to allow people under 18 years old to vote - a reform that is also gaining traction on the local level in the U.S.

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Ireland Takes Election Reform Seriously with Convention on the Constitution

Posted on What's New by Robert Fekete on June 28, 2013

Last year the Irish Parliament decided to take a serious look at reforming their constitution, commissioning a citizen's assembly to examine their electoral system. The United States could learn from the Irish example.

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Rank the Vote: Comparing Voting in Ireland and the United States

Posted on What's New by Robert Fekete on June 24, 2013

Since 1919, Ireland has used a form of ranked choice voting for all its public elections. When the Irish think of voting, they think about ranking candidates in their order of preference. But here in the U.S., our conception of voting is usually just picking our one favorite candidate. FairVote examines the lessons we can learn from ranked choice voting in Ireland.

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Pakistan - Peaceful Transitions but Winner-Take-All Failure

Posted on What's New by Elizabeth Hudler on May 24, 2013

Pakistan experiences a peaceful transition of political power, but its winner-take-all system threatens the country's democratic development.

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Philippines Holds Elections Using Degree of Proportional Representation

Posted on What's New by Jonathan Gerstell on May 17, 2013

The Philippines, a former U.S. colony, held elections on Monday using a small degree of proportional representation that was recently expanded to include national parties by the Supreme Court.

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How Districts Plus Has Worked for German Elections

Posted on What's New by Rebecca Franklin on May 03, 2013

Despite a recent constitutional controversy, Germany's mixed member proportional representation system of elections remains one of the most effective in the world.

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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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Electoral Reform on the Move in Canada

Posted on What's New on April 16, 2013

From a poll showing widespread support for proportional representation to the Liberal Party leadership elections held using ranked choice voting to the growing movement for ranked choice voting in Toronto, things are looking up for electoral reform in Canada.

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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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