Multimember District Representation in the US and in the States

Americans are used to electing our representatives from single-member districts. Since the 1970s, all members of the US House of Representatives have been elected this way. But in many cases prior to that, states elected some or all of their federal representatives from multimember districts, where two or more people represented the same geographical area. In […]

What Election Night Looks Like in a Multiparty System

It was interesting simply on the level of infographics to watch the BBC’s live coverage of last night’s election returns. Here are some of my impressions. For all the fanciness of the graphics you see on CNN, etc., there’s not that much to analyze when only two parties are competing. Below, we see the vote percentages […]

The Jospin Scenario: Why Top-Two and Two-Round Voting Systems are Fatally Flawed

In 2010, California adopted a “top-two” open primary system, in which the primary is nonpartisan and open to every voter. The top two vote-getters—regardless of party—advance to the general election. This was the result of voters’ approval of Proposition 14, which was designed to overcome the extreme gridlock from which the state government had suffered. […]