Referendum on Alternative Voting Defeated in the UK

By: Friday May 6, 2011 5:22 pm

This week, voters in the United Kingdom went to the polls and decided strongly against a referendum on switching federal elections to alternative voting, or “AV,” also known as “instant-runoff voting” (IRV).

 

All Americans Agree: Our Politicians Suck

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 6:35 pm

When everyone across the political spectrum is this cynical about our politicians, the problem probably isn’t just our current batch of elected officials, but that design of the system itself.

Tactical Voting: A Problem in the UK and the US

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 7:00 pm

In the United Kingdom general election May 6, “tactical voting” has become a serious issue as prominent members of the Labour Party push for it as a way to “keep out the Tories.” It’s an issue in upcoming US elections, as well.

Tactical voting is voting for someone besides the candidate you would most want to see win. Normally it is used to stop the candidate you hate the most from winning, by voting for your second or even third choice.

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