Pages tagged "Elections worldwide"

Philippines Holds Elections Using Degree of Proportional Representation

Posted on What's New 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 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 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 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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Malta Elections Have 93% Turnout Using Choice Voting

Posted on What's New 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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Italian Elections Expose Non-Proportional and Ineffective Voting System

Posted on What's New 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 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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Israeli Election Results Show Responsiveness of Proportional System

Posted on What's New on January 24, 2013

As Tuesday's Israeli elections show, proportional representation systems guarantee that voters can change their government when they are unsatisfied with its performance. 

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