When choosing a proportional voting system, one of the most important decisions is the number of MPs each constituency elects – its ‘district magnitude.
Posted 26 Nov 2021
This week saw a historic moment in Wales. Standing on the steps of the Senedd on Monday afternoon, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford and Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price announced The Co-operation Agreement, setting out...
Posted 23 Nov 2021
When discussing proportional voting systems, or voting systems in general, we usually talk about how they allocate seats to political parties. But parliaments are more than parties and it also matters how they decide which...
Posted 15 Nov 2021
The first meetings of the Electoral Reform Society, then known as the Proportional Representation Society, quickly settled on the Single Transferable Vote (STV) as the best option for electoral reform.
Posted 17 Aug 2021
The first meetings of the Proportional Representation Society quickly attracted many leading lights of the Victorian age – including Lewis Carroll, CP Scott (editor of what is now The Guardian) and Thomas Hare (the inventor...
Posted 10 Aug 2021
"With STV, we are trying to steal a march on other parties, while at the same time cooperating for the public good."
Posted 05 Aug 2021
This is a guest post from Dylan Difford who has recently completed an MA in Politics at the University of Essex, focussing on party and voting systems in Britain and Europe. Every party system is...
Posted 09 Jun 2021
Boundary Review day comes round faster every year it seems. The so-called Sixth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies is now on its third go at suggesting new boundaries. The electoral map has to be updated...
Posted 09 Jun 2021
We’re already seeing a plethora of rotten results – with parties taking nearly all the seats on a fraction of the vote.
Posted 07 May 2021
England is likely to see swathes of ‘one-party councils’ picked next week, under England and Wales’ one-party takes all local electoral system. Spread out over a whole council area, one party can get near 100%...
Posted 30 Apr 2021