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Is it time for voter ID?
27 October 2021
The federal government thinks so, but probably for the wrong reasons
Small force, great weight
27 November 2020
Could preferential voting be an “Archimedean lever of change” for American politics?
America’s electoral counter-revolution
19 October 2020
What the Republican Party is attacking is democracy itself
A complex compulsion to vote
13 October 2020
Australians are more likely to vote than their international counterparts — but does that mean the system should stay as it is?
Trump’s generation gap
8 September 2020
Young voters look like playing a bigger role than usual in this year’s election
Essays & Reportage
Did late deciders confound the polls?
19 September 2019
Predictions of the 2019 election result were way off the mark. But we still don’t know why
The referendum conundrum
20 August 2019
Attempts to change the Constitution often fail, but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying
Not what the voter ordered?
7 August 2019
Australia’s lower house voting system isn’t designed to be proportional, though perhaps it should be
In for the count
10 July 2019
A furore over a proposed question in the 2020 US census could escalate into a constitutional crisis
The secret ballot with an antipodean twist
3 July 2019
The Australian Ballot almost took over the world, but it might not be entirely our idea after all
Voting for the future
26 June 2019
Secrecy and convenience don’t always coincide in Australia’s highly accessible electoral system
Can you feel it?
18 May 2019
| Will the skittish commentariat be vindicated tonight?
A matter of preferences
17 May 2019
| The two-party-preferred count is a relic of an era in which the major parties were overwhelmingly dominant
Labor’s nightmare (and other preference puzzles)
7 May 2019
| Voters’ rankings could count in ways that aren’t clear in the polls
On a roll with the AEC
3 May 2019
| The Australian Electoral Commission’s success in boosting voter enrolments has created its own problem
The war within
3 May 2019
| How the Liberal right found its enemy, why the High Court could be busy this year, and why you might worry about early voting
Voting early, voting often?
21 March 2019
Leaving aside errors and misunderstandings, Australia doesn’t have a big fraudulent-voting problem. But a little reassurance wouldn’t go amiss
Books & Arts
A festival of (compulsory) democracy
5 March 2019
| How Australia came to be good at elections
A solution in search of a problem
11 December 2018
The Coalition wants to introduce compulsory voter ID in Australia. Here’s why we don’t need it
Australia’s growing democracy gap
2 October 2018
A little-remarked feature of New Zealand’s political system would help make Australia more democratic
Books & Arts
1 October 2018
Australian suffragettes played a sometimes flamboyant role in the fight for the vote, at home and in Britain
Is demography still working against the Coalition?
14 September 2018
The short answer is yes, but the long answer is more complicated
Is something rotten in the City of Melbourne?
28 March 2018
By the time a new lord mayor is elected in May, quite a few electors will have voted twice
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?
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