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Strangeness of a One-Party Majority in New Zealand

Posted on What's New by Sarah John on September 26, 2014

At the end of an unusual election campaign, New Zealand's Mixed-Member Proportional Representation (MMP) electoral system has delivered Kiwis a strong mandate for the current government, with the first time a single party has  won a majority of seats  since the nation replaced  U.S.-style plurality voting elections with MMP in 1993. The election also demonstrated many of the advantages that such fair representation voting systems have over the single-member plurality systems so often used in American elections. 

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Continuing Electoral Reforms in Trinidad and Tobago

Posted on What's New by Sarah John on September 15, 2014

Hot on the heels of electoral reforms last year, small Caribbean island nation Trinidad and Tobago has abandoned plurality voting in favor of runoff voting in its national elections. FairVote is keeping close watch on Trinidad and Tobago, as political parties, legislators and citizens continue to discuss voting systems, including ranked choice voting and fair representation voting, and agitate for reform.

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Ethnic Minorities and Proportional Representation in Myanmar

Posted on What's New by Sarah John on September 05, 2014

Having tentatively thrust off their military dictatorship, Myanmar actively debates adopting Proportional Representation for its legislature. (Photo Credit: Htoo Tay Zar, Wikicommons)

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The World Cup of Democracy

Posted on What's New on July 09, 2014

World Cup of Democracy Goes to the Netherlands

While the FIFA World Cup will decide the best soccer team in the world, the World Cup of Democracy will decide the best democracy in the world. See how the tournament played out after the jump.

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Reforming the Australian Senate

Posted on What's New by Sarah John on June 06, 2014

Australia's Senate is elected by a method of ranked choice voting that forces voters to rank every candidate on the ballot. But after a variety of quirky minor parties have made their way into the Senate, it might be time to allow voters the freedom to not rank all candidates.

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Indian Election Results In BJP Victory, Disproportionality

Posted on What's New by Anthony Ramicone on May 21, 2014

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.

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South African Election Brings Another ANC Victory with Reservations

Posted on What's New by Anthony Ramicone on May 20, 2014

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.

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Elections in India and Indonesia Highlight Differences Between Electoral Systems

Posted on What's New by Ben Petit, Matthew Bugajski, Kevin Werner on April 29, 2014

India and Indonesia both held major elections this month. One country uses winner-take-all, the other proportional representation. That choice makes a difference.

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Ranked Choice Voting Ensures Fair Representation in Tasmania

Posted on What's New by Kevin Werner on March 20, 2014

Tasmanian House of Assembly elections have been decided using ranked choice voting in multi-member districts for over 100 years. This year's contest once again demonstrated the value of such systems for ensuring fair representation for voters of all stripes, even as a significant shift in power occurred.

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