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The time for Proportional Representation has come

This election result pulls back the curtain on the damage our broken voting system is doing to representation and engagement in politics. It’s time to reset our political system by ensuring that at the next election everyone has an equal voice, vote and stake in our politics. PR’s time has come.
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Election 2024: another step backwards for democracy

For some, 4th July was their first election. For others, just one election of many. People voted for different outcomes, with different priorities, but what united these disparate hopes as they went into the ballot box is that most of them would not count. Alberto Smith reflects on the general election.
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Election 2024: our least representative election ever

The moment Big Ben struck ten and the exit poll was announced, it was clear we were witnessing the beginning of one of the most seismic reverses in UK electoral history, and were about to come face-to-face with one of the most distorted parliaments in the history of modern democracy. Dylan Difford crunches the numbers.
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“I knew my voice would be heard.” How voting in New Zealand differs from the UK

New Zealand used to have First Past the Post like the UK, but switched to PR after a referendum in 1993. Kieran Rayner contrasts how PR in New Zealand helped him become politically engaged with the disempowering effect of FPTP in the UK.
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Election 2024 preview: a new low for representation

At the halfway point of this election campaign, we are beginning to get a reasonable idea of the likely results. Dylan Difford explores the potential scenarios, highlighting how and why this general election is set to be, in many respects, the least representative in the UK’s democratic history.
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A proportional continent: the European elections

The proportional principle is universally embedded in elections to the European Parliament. Although the details vary by member state, each national delegation already reflects how that country voted. Europe remains a proportional continent, just with a few unfortunate exceptions outside the European Parliament.
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Local elections: different year, same failing voting system

Beyond the headline stories from this year's local elections, we see a voting system that is delivering poor representational outcomes for voters. In certain respects, it’s a tale told many times before; but it's getting worse with every telling. 
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Agents of change: dispelling the ‘lazy youth’ myth

Young people defy stereotypes in many, often surprising ways. Ella Eagle Davies argues that young people - contrary to the prevailing narrative - are neither lazy nor mere objects of policy, but rather strikingly creative when it comes to sustaining a voice in politics. It's the voting system that is letting them down.
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Make local votes matter

This year’s local elections will provoke lots of reaction about the states of the parties. Absent, all too often, will be discussion of the severe representational deficits in England's local elections system. Hugely distorted results have become a matter of routine - but things don’t have to be this way…
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The Untold Tale of How and Why Britain has First Past the Post

It is sometimes thought that Britain’s use of First Past the Post (FPTP) to elect Members of Parliament to the House of Commons is part of Westminster’s ancient heritage. This isn’t so. The introduction of single-member FPTP in 1885 was as much a piece of electoral engineering for the benefit of the leading political parties…
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