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India Elects 14th President Using Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on What's New by Myeisha Boyd on July 21, 2017
India Elects 14th President Using Ranked Choice Voting

Yesterday, July 20, Ram Nath Kovind was elected as the 14th President of India. President Kovind received 65.65% of the total vote, which secured a massive margin over his rival Meira Kumar who received 34.35%.The winner is selected through a system known as proportional representation by means of a single transferable vote (STV). Proportional representation ensures equal representation to all groups because it allows voters to mark their voting preferences rather than choosing just one candidate. Votes are never wasted because if your first choice candidate does not win, your second choice is counted and it’s an instant run off until someone wins a majority of the votes.

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Canadian Conservative Party Used Ranked Choice Ballots to Determine Next Leader

Posted on What's New by Marie Lemieux on July 18, 2017
Canadian Conservative Party Used Ranked-Choice Ballots to Determine Next Leader

On May 27, 2017, Andrew Scheer, the Member of Parliament for Regina-qu’Appelle was elected as leader for the Canadian Conservative Party at the end of a thirteen month-long leadership race. The format of the leadership contest, ranked-choice voting (RCV), allowed a consensus candidate to emerge out of many controversial candidacies in order to represent a broad base of Conservatives. Scheer’s predecessor, Prime Minister Stephen Harper resigned following the Conservative Party loss in the 2015 federal elections. Following his resignation, the party appointed Rona Ambrose, a caucus member and former Minister of Health, Environment and Public Works, as interim leader until the permanent leader was appointed by the party’s members in a leadership contest.

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Ireland Ruling Party’s Electoral College Elections Produce Undemocratic Outcomes

Posted on What's New by Michael Patison on July 11, 2017
Ireland Ruling Party Electoral College Elections Produce Undemocratic Outcomes

After a week-long election began on May 29, Ireland’s ruling party, Fine Gael, has elected Leo Varadkar as its next leader in the party’s first leadership election since outgoing leader Enda Kenny’s election in 2002.

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Legislative Elections in France: Wave of Change, Same Distortion

Posted on What's New by Marie Lemieux on June 28, 2017
Legislative Elections in France: Wave of Change, Same Distortion

Due to the historically low turnout and the distorted results, Macron’s party “En Marche!” has not received a stable mandate. Thus, he, along with his party, must find a way to collaborate across party lines to accomplish his policy goals and reform the French political system.

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Greater Choice Draws Massive Turnout in Maltese Ranked Choice Voting Elections

Posted on What's New by Jesse Docter on June 21, 2017
Greater Choice Draws Massive Turnout in Maltese Ranked Choice Voting Elections

The Maltese political system is one of the oldest of its kind in the world. Multi-winner RCV has been in place in the island nation since 1921, surviving several dramatic changes in government and sovereignty.

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Multi-Winner Ranked Choice Voting in Scottish Elections Guarantees Fair Results

Posted on What's New by Jesse Docter on June 21, 2017
Multi-Winner Ranked Choice Voting in Scottish Elections Guarantees Fair Results

On May 4th, Scotland held its elections for local councils using a Multi-Winner Ranked Choice Voting System (RVC). Once again, Scottish election results have demonstrated how their system gives voters greater choice, and a stronger voice.

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UK Election Results Were More Proportional Than Usual, Here’s How They Could be Even Better

Posted on What's New by Michael Patison on June 16, 2017
UK Election Results Were More Proportional Than Usual, Here’s How They Could be Even Better

On Thursday, June 8, the United Kingdom went to the voting booths to elect the 650 members of Parliament for the second time in three years.

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"We are providing more choices": This is why London, Ontario adopted ranked choice voting --and made Canadian history

Posted on What's New by David Daley on May 09, 2017

More diversity. More choice. More civility. Those were just a few of the reasons touted by city councilors in London, Ontario, last week when the Canadian city made history as the nation’s first to adopt ranked-choice voting for municipal elections.

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"It really makes the principle 'one people, one vote' true": The editor of Slate France explains his country's presidential election

Posted on What's New by David Daley on April 25, 2017

We asked Jean-Marie Pottier, the editor of Slate France to explain the history of the French system – and the way it shapes the country’s politics and enhances the idea that every vote must count equally.

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