Tuesday, April 19, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Via Reuters:  Support slides for UK electoral reform – poll

Forty-four percent of Britons backed maintaining the current first-past-the-post voting system, with 33 percent wanting a switch to AV and 23 percent undecided, according to a Guardian/ICM poll.

There will be a referendum held on May 5 to determine if a change will be adopted.  If the above numbers are an accurate reflection of voter sentiment, then it would seem rather unlikely that the reforms will win the day.

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Thursday, March 24, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Last year, after an opportunity to witness Colombia’s congressional elections first hand, I noted that there was some clear confusion on the part of both voters and poll workers/vote counters regarding the ballot’s format.  See, for example, Ballot Design (and Voter Knowledge) Matters.

One of the problems was confusion over the way that voters should vote for candidate preferences for parties with open lists.

For the 2024 local elections (set for October of this years) a redesigned (really, reorganized) ballot will be used (click for a larger image):

2011 Asamblea Antioquia

While this may not solve all of the issues noted in the above-linked post, it should be far more intuitive in terms of the open list issue.

More info:  here.

Wednesday, November 24, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

And, in this case, the convergence of royal weddings and a referendum.


The April 29 date falls less than a week before the national referendum on electoral reform on May 5.

Campaigners fear the wedding and bank holiday weekend will scupper any hopes of turning the voting issue into a major debate.

Monday, November 22, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

It would appear that the UK is not the only country contemplating electoral reform.

Via the New Zealand HeraldMMP vote will lead to total review of system.

The Electoral Referendum Bill – reported back from select committee yesterday – recommends a review to take place, but only if a majority vote to keep it in the referendum.


If a majority want a change, another referendum will be held in 2024 asking voters to choose between MMP and the most popular of four alternatives: First Past the Post, Preferential Voting, Single Transferable Vote or Supplementary Member (SM).

Apparently voters will be allowed to vote on whether they want to keep the MMP (mixed member proportional) system that was put into place in 1993 to replace the first past the post system that it had (i.e., like the US and UK).   Voters will also be asked which of the four above-listed alternative they would prefer.  If a majority wants to scrap MMP then a 2024 referendum will be held to determine if the most popular of the four choices in the 2024 referendum.

It is interesting that electoral reform is a major issue is both a system that has been in place for centuries (the UK) as well as a place that has had recent reform (NZ) and yet it isn’t even on the edge of the political radar in the United States to the point that most people don’t even realize that there are other voting systems that could be used.

Update:  Right after posting this I noticed that Matthew Shugart has put up a more detailed post on the subject—which makes sense since he wrote (well, co-edited) the book on this subject.

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