Hey, Canadians, Go Vote

By: Monday May 2, 2011 3:55 pm

Today is election day in Canada, so to all our Canadian readers: go vote! To our non-Canadian readers, today’s election could be a truly historic event worth keeping an eye on. The center-left Liberal Party has ruled Canada for much of its history and been a major party for over a century. That makes it [...]

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: Race Shows Difficulty for Third Party, Despite Voters Wanting That Option

By: Saturday October 16, 2010 9:15 am

The Hill just became the most recent news outlet to find, through polling, that most voters want a viable third party as an alternative to the Republicans and Democrats. Their poll found that 54 percent of likely voters in 10 swing districts think there should be a third party. Their results mirror national polling from [...]

Large Majority of Americans Thinks Country Needs Viable Third Party

By: Monday September 20, 2010 1:03 pm

A large majority of Americans, 58 percent, believe that the country needs a third major party to adequately represent the American people, according to a new Gallup poll. Only 35 percent think the Democratic and Republican Parties do an adequate job representing the electorate. The desire for a third party is high because currently both [...]

How Stupid Election Law Design Gave Republicans HI-01

By: Sunday May 23, 2010 2:04 pm

Republican candidate Charles Djou won the HI-01 special election with 39.5% of the vote because two Democrats, Colleen Hanabusa with 30.8% and Ed Case with 27.6%, split the Democratic vote almost down the middle. This is a great example of how the design of our election laws can greatly affect our government; a poorly-designed electoral system [...]

Americans Want More Diversity in Their Political Choices

By: Monday April 19, 2010 2:09 pm

The U.S. is not an inherently divided country split between two ideologies. Nor do American voters actually want a two-party system; they don’t believe this offers a sufficient set of choices. This dichotomy is a result of our election system’s structure and will not change until are election laws are changed.

Growing Need for Diversity of Political Voices Might Need to Come from Systemic Election Reform

By: Friday April 9, 2010 8:03 pm

Both the Republican and Democratic parties currently have favorability ratings that are significantly net negative. There is roughly a fifth of the country that does not hold a favorable view of either of the two parties. That is a serious issue in a two-party political system, and an indication that there need to be chances [...]

Electoral Reform: Proportional Representation Will Require Constitutional Change But Produce Fewer Changes Than Instant Runoff

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 1:30 pm

I personally think the nation would be much better off if we could adopt instant runoff voting, also called “alternative voting.” I think Tom Friedman is right about that, but I support if for different reasons then he does: [G]et states to adopt “alternative voting.” One reason independent, third-party, centrist candidates can’t get elected is [...]

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