Make Votes Matter is the national movement for Proportional Representation

1840

Hill’s son Rowland oversees proportional elections to Adelaide City Council, Australia’s first municipal election and the first use of PR for a public election anywhere in the world
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1855

Denmark creates the Rigsråd, a special legislative chamber which is partially elected using another early version of STV devised by politician Carl Andræ
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1861

Scottish-Australian political reformer Catherine Helen Spence publishes A Plea for Pure Democracy, she spent the next fifty years tirelessly campaigning for PR (which she termed ‘effective voting’) and women’s suffrage
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1866

Following the dissolution of the Rigsråd, Andræ’s STV method is transferred to elections to the Landsting, the upper house of the Danish parliament
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1867

The Second Reform Act introduces the Limited Vote for fourteen constituencies comprising 43 seats in the House of Commons – though not a PR system, the Limited Vote intends to allow for minority representation
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