Pages tagged "Europe"

The 2015 Turkish Election: A More Proportional Result than Usual

Posted on What's New on June 26, 2015

The Turkish election in June 2015 was remarkable for many reasons. In this short piece, FairVote's Robert Buderi explores the ins and outs of the 2015 campaign and the operation of Turkey's party list proportional system. Buderi shows that a high national threshold in a proportional representation system tends to undermine the proportionality of election results and introduce some of the problems rife in winner-take-all plurality systems like the US and Britain. 

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

Posted on What's New 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 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 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 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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How to Guarantee Accountable Legislatures Under Choice Voting (Without Hurting Third Parties)

Posted on What's New 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 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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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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