March 17, 2017 10
Time to ask questions about the ongoing suitability of Australia's prevailing electoral and constitutional arrangements.
August 5, 2016 1
The answer is a conditional "yes", writes cybersecurity consultant Ian Brightwell.
September 12, 2013 28
Electronic voting is clumsy, frustrating and open to manipulation and fraud. We'll take our trusty old pencils, thanks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.