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Are we overthinking referendums?
2 February 2018
Conventional wisdom advises against holding referendums at election time. Conventional wisdom is wrong
Queensland: a final note on preferences
14 December 2017
The detailed figures are out at last, and they confirm that One Nation’s preferences barely mattered
Beyond the Hipster Line
19 November 2017
Perhaps the most interesting results of the marriage-equality survey were to be seen outside the eastern capitals
Marriage equality gets a Yes; uncertainty strikes in Bennelong
15 November 2017
Both votes are a test for the government, but the second has suddenly become less predictable
Perplexing the poll-watchers
30 October 2017
How-to-vote cards will play a key role in determining next month’s election result in Queensland
Are voters moving to the left?
1 September 2017
More young Australians are enrolled to vote than ever before. But will this have the impact Labor and the Greens are hoping for?
Marriage equality’s secret weapon
10 August 2017
Could one divisive figure decide the result?
The forgotten 1967 referendum
26 May 2017
Fifty years ago this weekend, Australians voted on two constitutional changes. One of them was defeated, and that’s still influencing election results today
Is technology outpacing compulsory voting?
19 April 2017
How should authorities deal with a fast-growing electoral roll that hasn’t translated into a comparable lift in voting?
The ballot box wars
Brian Costar & Peter Browne
28 January 2017
From the archive
| Despite vast differences in the way elections are run in the US and Australia, we have one thing in common – allegations of voter fraud. But…
One vote, one value?
27 January 2017
Translating the national vote into a fair election result shouldn’t be too hard. But neither the United States nor Australia has cracked it
A shred of hope for Democrats?
15 November 2016
Votes across America to increase the minimum wage may point the way forward
11 July 2016
The long festival of democracy took
to – where else? – Old Parliament House
All the polls are in, so what’s the best guess?
2 July 2016
There’s still plenty of uncertainty in the details, but
takes a punt on the House of Representatives numbers
Early voting: the quiet electoral revolution
28 June 2016
Vote early and vote often, the old adage goes. Voters are taking at least the first part to heart, writes
On a roll with the electoral commission
9 June 2016
New figures show a significant rise in the proportion of Australians enrolled to vote.
looks at how and why
In America, voting isn’t a democratic right that comes easily
20 April 2016
Discriminatory rules, long queues, gerrymandered boundaries: the decentralised US election machinery doesn’t serve voters well, writes
Fixing the Senate
16 May 2014
Senate voting needs to be simpler and more transparent.
about a plan to fix the system, and looks at the politics of the federal budget
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