Virgil Goode Makes the Virginia Ballot

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 2:42 pm

The most important political news of the day has nothing to do with the Democratic national convention. It is that Constitution Party nominee for President Virgil Goode Jr. has made the ballot in Virginia. Last month Goode turned in over 20,000 signatures to make the ballot, and today a sufficient number were certified as valid. [...]

Pirate Party’s Big Victory in Berlin Would Be a Big Defeat in USA

By: Monday September 19, 2011 5:32 pm

One of the biggest international news stories today is that the Pirate Party in Germany managed to do very well in the Berlin state Parliament election. From the Wired.co.UK: The German arm of the International Pirate Party saw a momentous victory in this week’s Berlin state elections, as the internet activist group won 15 seats [...]

Majorities from Every Political Ideology Want a Third Party Option

By: Tuesday May 10, 2011 11:09 am

Overall, 52 percent of Americans would like to add a third major political party, while only 40 percent feel Democrats and Republicans do an adequate job representing the American people, according to the latest Gallup poll. The interesting finding of this poll is that it found across the political spectrum, liberals, moderates and conservatives, all [...]

Referendum on Alternative Voting Defeated in the UK

By: Friday May 6, 2011 7:30 pm

This week, voters in the United Kingdom went to the polls and decided strongly against a referendum on switching federal elections to alternative voting, or “AV,” also known as “instant-runoff voting” (IRV). From the BBC: UK voters have rejected a change to the voting system, a blow to Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg after heavy [...]

Canadian Results Show Election Rules Can Trump Will of the Electorate

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 8:30 am

Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party are celebrating their huge win in Monday’s election. Having won 54 percent of the seats in the House of Commons, the Conservatives now have a solid governing majority. The thing is that if Canada used a different voting system like many other democracies (such as Germany, [...]

Canada’s Left Wing New Democratic Party Surges in Polls; Is Electoral Reform Near?

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 4:32 pm

With less than a week until the the federal elections in Canada, the left wing New Democratic Party is experiencing an almost unprecedented 11-point surge in the polls. (Don’t be fooled by the traditional American use of the word “liberal,” the Liberal Party is a centrist party and the NDP is to their left.) From [...]

FL Sen: Crist’s Independent Success Makes the Dem a Third-Party Spoiler

By: Wednesday May 26, 2010 3:48 pm

Eric Kleefeld at TPM wonders if Charlie Crist is becoming the “de facto Democrat in the Florida Senate race.” Polling shows Crist in the lead with roughly a third of the vote, and likely Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek stuck around 15 percent. I think this interpretation relies on an overwhelming major-party bias in most of [...]

Unfair UK Electoral System Turns Voters’ Choice Upside Down

By: Monday May 10, 2010 12:16 pm

The results from the United Kingdom House of Commons elections May 6 are a beautiful demonstration of how absurd an electoral system they and we have. Like the United States, the UK has single-member districts where the winner is whoever gets the largest plurality, regardless of how small that plurality is. It’s called “first past [...]

Tactical Voting: A Problem in the UK and the US

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 2:12 pm

In the United Kingdom general election May 6, “tactical voting” has become a serious issue as prominent members of the Labour Party push for it as a way to “keep out the Tories.” It’s an issue in upcoming US elections, as well. Tactical voting is voting for someone besides the candidate you would most want [...]

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