Pages tagged "Topic international elections"


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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How to Guarantee Accountable Legislatures Under Choice Voting (Without Hurting Third Parties)

Posted on What's New by Devin Mccarthy on March 21, 2013

You don't have to sacrifice voter choice in order to guarantee accountable governments in a choice voting system - either in Malta or in the U.S. 

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Malta Elections Have 93% Turnout Using Choice Voting

Posted on What's New by Devin Mccarthy on March 14, 2013

Malta's ultra-high-turnout elections demonstrate some of the many benefits that the choice voting form of fair voting could bring to legislative elections in the United States.

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The Future of Egyptian Democracy Hinges on the Fight Over Its Electoral Law

Posted on What's New on March 12, 2013

 Over two years since the Arab Spring ousted President Hosni Mubarak and brought the promise of democracy to Egypt, it is clear that that promise is threatened. While most of the media covers the protests and riots in the streets of Cairo and Port Said, the battle that may ultimately decide the fate of Egyptian democracy is being fought over Egypt's new electoral law. The key issue is proportional representation. 

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