These are some electoral reform updates

Tom Flanagan: The Alternative Vote

A 2001 article on how AV would improve Canadian politics and the benefits of a preferential ballot.

Tom Flanagan
Department of Political Science
The University of Calgary
tflanaga@ucalgary.ca

Presented to
Votes and Seats:
Opportunities and challenges for Electoral Reform in Canada
Institute for Research on Public Policy
Ottawa, Ontario
May 2-3, 2001

 

Preferential Ballots in Manitoba

In the early 20th century, Manitoba became a leader in electoral reform.   Shortly after the general strike, the government introduced preferential ballots in Winnipeg.  

In 1920, a proportional ranked ballot system known as the single transferable was used to elect the 10 legislators for Winnipeg, allotting a seat to each party per 9% of the vote they got.

In 1924, a second electoral reform bill was passed and the alternative vote was used in 1927 for all of the ridings in Manitoba outside of Winnipeg. 

Instant Runoff Voting: Thumbs Up From Rachel Maddow, Federal Judge, North Carolina, More

Ever wonder why voting for the candidate you most want can result in the election of the candidate you dislike the most? Welcome to the funhouse mirror qualities of plurality voting, our current method that can turn the lemonade of increased voter choice into spoiled elections. More people are realizing it's time to adopt the ranked choice voting method of instant runoff voting (IRV).

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-richie/instant-runoff-voting-thu_b_717187.html