Pages tagged "International elections"


Ranked Choice Voting Around the World in October

Posted on What's New Author Ryan Healy on October 19, 2016
Ranked Choice Voting Around the World in October

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is commonly used around the world to democratically elect officials more fairly than plurality. In September and October, millions of our friends in the Land of the Long White Cloud and Down Under both used RCV to elect local officials.

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FairVote Provides Research to Canada's Electoral Reform Committee

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on August 29, 2016
FairVote Provides Research to Canada's Electoral Reform Committee

FairVote joined scholars like Arend Lijphart in submitting a brief to the Canadian Special Committee on Electoral Reform to help guide their decision making as to how Canada’s elections should be reformed. Like the United States, Canada elects its national legislature exclusively from single-winner districts, elected by plurality vote. It does not use a proportional system. Also like the United States, this causes problems.

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Australians cast RCV ballots in a House of Representatives election that’s too close to call

Posted on What's New Sarah John on July 08, 2016
Australians cast RCV ballots in a House of Representatives election that’s too close to call

On Saturday, Australians headed to the polls to vote in the ranked choice voting elections for their national legislature. FairVote gives an overview of the campaign and the rise of early voting and voting by mail in Australia.

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A Shake-Up in Ireland

Posted on What's New Viviana Gonzalez on March 17, 2016
A Shake-Up in Ireland

Today we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day by reporting on the Irish election of a couple of weeks ago (February 26). Changes in voter sentiment since the last election in 2011, combined with the use of multi-winner RCV, ensured that the election was highly competitive and that the newly elected Dáil Éireann is very different from the outgoing one.

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The 2016 Irish elections

Posted on What's New Sarah John on February 24, 2016
A brief run-down on the 2016 Irish elections

A brief run-down on the 2016 Irish elections

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New Zealand holds national election with ranked choice voting

Posted on What's New Rob Richie on December 15, 2015
New Zealand holds national election with ranked choice voting

New Zealand uses RCV in several of its major cities, including mayor and city council of Wellington, and just held a national referendum with ranked choice voting, called “preferential voting” in the country. The government has invested tens of millions of dollars in a two-round process in which the current flag will face off against the flag that was chosen in a recent RCV election among five alternative flags.

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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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Millions of 16- and 17 years olds vote in Brazilian Presidential Election, but no President Elected

Posted on What's New Mike Macnevin on October 23, 2014

Brazilians flocked to the polls on October 5, 2014, to vote for their next president. Yet, after all the votes were counted, no one was elected. This blog entry briefly explores the use of runoff elections in Brazil before discussing the growing worldwide movement to repeat Brazil's enfranchisement of  16 and 17 year olds.

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