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

William Bowe March 17, 2017 10 Comments

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?

Crikey August 5, 2016 1 Comment

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

Stilgherrian September 12, 2013 28 Comments

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

Cathy Alexander August 8, 2013 38 Comments

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?

Crikey July 10, 2013 28 Comments

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

Charles Richardson May 16, 2013 7 Comments

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

Charles Richardson January 10, 2013 23 Comments

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

Malcolm Mackerras May 30, 2012 9 Comments

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

Charles Richardson May 11, 2010 13 Comments

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

Charles Richardson 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.