Topic archives: voting systems

With extreme two-party swings getting worse, has our electoral system become too unstable?

March 17, 2017 10

Time to ask questions about the ongoing suitability of Australia's prevailing electoral and constitutional arrangements.

Can we trust that our Senate votes were counted correctly?

August 5, 2016 1

The answer is a conditional "yes", writes cybersecurity consultant Ian Brightwell.

Say no to e-voting: defending the pencils of democracy

Say no to e-voting: defending the pencils of democracy

September 12, 2013 28

Electronic voting is clumsy, frustrating and open to manipulation and fraud. We'll take our trusty old pencils, thanks.

How the parties trick you into handing over personal information

How the parties trick you into handing over personal information

August 8, 2013 38

The major parties are fooling people into handing over personal information in the guise of applications for a postal vote. Here's how the ruse works -- and how to avoid it.

Supersized ballot papers: is e-voting the answer?

Supersized ballot papers: is e-voting the answer?

July 10, 2013 28

Voters will grapple with enormous ballot papers in this year's federal election, as micro-parties proliferate. Freelance journalist Sally Whyte asks if there's an easier way to cast your vote.

Hope for Gillard in British Columbia? Incumbent wins in upset

May 16, 2013 7

The opinion polls proved wrong in British Columbia, where the incumbent Liberals won in a major upset. But their first-past-the-post voting system doesn't give much hope to Julia Gillard.

Libs will face off with Nats over optional preferential voting

January 10, 2013 23

Some Liberals may want optional preferential voting to freeze out Labor and the Greens, but history shows the National Party will again stand in the way. It can't do without it.

Mackerras: our democracy is the least-worst of the bunch

May 30, 2012 9

Al Smith, failed 1928 Democratic candidate for the US presidency, said "all the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy". Looking at recent elections in Greece and Australia, he was mostly right.

What electoral reform could mean to Britain

May 11, 2010 13

Britain is seriously considering adopting a preferential voting system to avoid big messes like the one they're currently swimming in. But just how different would the election result have been?

Swing high, swing low: UK election still wide open

April 29, 2010

Despite the headlines, the general picture in the British election campaign hasn't changed much: polls still show the three parties evenly matched, with the Conservatives in the lead but well short of what they need for an absolute majority.

MacKerras: time to scrap a tired voting system for NZ election

March 26, 2010 16

Malcolm MacKerras is trying to persuade the people of New Zealand to scrap their MMP voting system and replace it with a better one.

A tale of two voting systems

March 23, 2010

It wasn't just the ALP and Libs going head-to-head in the weekend's elections: it was SA's single-member preferential voting system up against Tasmania's single transferable vote proportional representation system (aka Hare-Clark). So which works best?

Tassie parliamentary system unworkable, even for a ministry of silly walks

March 11, 2010 17

If Labor and the Liberals want to get rid of the Greens, form government in their own right and have a healthy backbench, they are going to have to change the electoral system to single-member constituencies, writes Bruce Montgomery.