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This week we're embarking on an epic mission to settle once and for all what the best electoral system is. We survey a wide range of the systems in use and discuss their pros and cons, working our way up from worst to best. This week we get from the block vote all the way up to the single transferable vote, before leaving you in suspense for our to…
 
Ben is joined by Maholopa Laveil from the University of Papua New Guinea to discuss the upcoming Papua New Guinea national election, with voting scheduled for most of July. We discuss PNG constitutional structures, election procedures, how the parties work and political geography. This podcast is supported by the Tally Room’s supporters on Patreon.…
 
This week we're catching up on two second rounds from elections we've looked at in the past few weeks. First, we return to Colombia, where Andres has been reporting on the ground, to hear about Petro's narrow victory. Then we go back to France where Macron's bloc looses its parliamentary majority, throwing the 5th republic into uncharted waters. We…
 
Bonjour! We're back in France taking a look at the first round of the French legislative elections that are following hot on the heels of Macron's reelection as President. We're unpacking where NUPE came from and why its posed such a danger to Macron, as well as the behaviour of the other parties and alliances in this contest. Because it's the Ball…
 
Ontario held provincial elections last week, which saw the incumbent Progressive Conservatives win in a landslide. Their leader, Doug Ford, has been a populist figure with a controversial record. Also this week, the UK Conservatives held a vote of confidence in PM Boris Johnson, who survived, but by a fairly narrow margin. We break down what the re…
 
Colombia held its first round of voting for president last Sunday (May 29th) which culled the field of contenders to two candidates: Gustavo Petro who everyone expected would go on to the second round and Rodolfo Hernández whose victory is quite shocking. The fact that Gustavo Petro emerged as the highest voted candidate is already a sort of politi…
 
Ben is joined by William Bowe from the Poll Bludger to wrap up the 2022 federal election. We discuss the undecided Senate races, the close House races, and the paths to victory for the Coalition and chances for future hung parliaments. This podcast is supported by the Tally Room’s supporters on Patreon. If you find this podcast worthwhile please co…
 
Australia's federal elections saw the ouster of Scott Morrison's Coalition government and major successes for third parties and independents. It also saw the return of the Labor Party under leader Anthony Albanese after 9 years in opposition. We're joined by Australian elections analyst Ben Raue to break down the collapse in coalition support and t…
 
Filipinos went to the polls on May 9th 2022 for an important general election, to elect president, vice-president, renew the House of Representatives, some Senate seats, and elect governors, and several local officials. The main headline is that a majority of voters in the Philippines elected Ferdinand Marcos, also referred to as Bongbong Marcos, t…
 
On 5th May Northern Ireland elected a new Assembly in a momentous contest which saw Sinn Féin become the largest party for the first time and the hardline unionist DUP loose a significant share of the votes. The elections come at a turbulent moment for Northern Ireland, with breakdowns in power-sharing and the fallout form Brexit. We're joined by P…
 
This week Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru announced plans to dramatically reform the Welsh Parliament- the Senedd. These much needed changes, which would increased the Parliament from 60 to 96 and change the electoral system, have been met with change and controversy. We break down what these changes mean for Welsh politics.…
 
We’re discussing local elections held across England, Scotland and Wales last week, which saw heavy losses for the governing Conservatives and gains for the centre-left opposition parties. In Scotland, the SNP remained dominant and Labour returned to second place, and in Wales Labour scored a major victory as Plaid Cymru strengthened its hold over …
 
We return again today to the polls, talking to two more pollsters from some of Australia's biggest political polls: Campbell White from YouGov/Newspoll and Mark Davis from Ipsos. We discuss the formation of the Australian Polling Council and what has changed since 2019. YouGov's methodology statements Ipsos methodology statements This podcast is su…
 
Slovenia has been ruled in recent years by a rickety coalition headed by Janez Janša, who has been a mainstay of Slovenian political life its entire democratic history. Janša is an incredibly controversial figure, who has cuddled up to Viktor Orban and moved towards the radical right. He has a long history of personal corruption and abuse of power.…
 
We break down the second round of France's presidential elections, which saw a wider than expected victory for President Macron over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. We discuss why this happened and what might be in store for Macron's second term and the upcoming legislative elections. Follow us on twitter @ballotworld and please rate and subscri…
 
Ben is joined by Duncan McDonnell and Marija Taflaga to discuss the closing of nominations. We discuss numbers of women and Aboriginal candidates nominating at the election, and the impact of increasing ballot sizes on the House informal vote. We also discuss the electorate of Lingiari in the Northern Territory. Duncan's paper with Ferran Martinez …
 
On April 10th, Mexico held its first presidential recall vote to see whether Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) would remain in office or not. The turnout threshold of 40% was not reached, as only 17.8% of the voter’s roll turned out, which means that the results were not legally binding- in any case, 92% of voters who turned out voted for AMLO to …
 
With all eyes on the French presidential election we decided to dive deep into the nature of this unusual executive, which has a reputation for being extremely powerful but doesn't operate along the lines spelled out in the constitution. We discuss the origins of the position, the sources of its power and analyse the results of the first round of t…
 
Ben is joined by Glenn Kefford from Griffith University and Rob Manwaring from Flinders University to discuss the relationship between Labor and the Greens and how it may play out in this federal election. This podcast is supported by the Tally Room's supporters on Patreon. If you find this podcast worthwhile please consider giving your support.…
 
Don't listen to this episode if you're feeling down! It's not going to be easy listening as we delve into the results of Hungary and Serbia's elections on 3rd April. In both countries the authoritarian incumbents Viktor Orban and Aleksandar Vučić scored new victories, despite unprecedented opposition unity and an ongoing cost of living crisis. We e…
 
Malta held general elections on 26th March, which were won by the incumbent Labour Party of PM Robert Abela in another landslide victory. This outcome was never really in doubt, given all polls pointed towards it. The Labour government has been constantly dogged with corruption allegations, most famously the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Gali…
 
Hungary will go to the polls on 3rd April for an incredibly significant election where opposition parties have united to challenge the 12 year-long and increasingly autocratic rule of Viktor Orban. Ahead of Election Day, we’re looking back at the 3 decades of Hungarian history since the fall of communism, exploring how the country’s democracy came …
 
Don't know much about South Korean democracy? Well neither did we, which is why we spoke to Dr. Myungji Yang of the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, who took us through the main features of Korean politics and the key debates and personalities of this election. The election ended up a nail-bitter between two fairly inexperienced and unpopular candidat…
 
Ben is joined by Haydon Manning and Matt Clemow to discuss the key seats in play at this weekend's South Australian state election. Check out the Tally Room guide to the South Australian election, now free for all to access. This podcast is supported by the Tally Room's supporters on Patreon. If you find this podcast worthwhile please consider givi…
 
Last week Russia began a baleful and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, which has been fiercely resisted. While none of us feel qualified to discuss the war or offer analysis of it, we have recorded this to share some thoughts on Ukrainian democracy- particularly Chris' memories of being an election observer in Dnipro in 2012- and explain some of the …
 
In this episode, Ben introduces the South Australian state election with Tom Richardson from InDaily. Check out the Tally Room guide to the South Australian election, now free for all to access. The abolition of the South Australian redistribution "fairness clause" was discussed in episode 30 of the podcast. This podcast is supported by the Tally R…
 
On February 13th early elections were held to the parliament of the Spanish region of Castile and León, resulting in a bit of a backfire for regional centre-right President Alfonso Fernández Mañueco. Why should we care so much about these elections in a lesser known Spanish region? Well aside from some interesting local parties and issues of rural …
 
Ben is joined by William Bowe from the Poll Bludger to discuss Saturday's by-elections in New South Wales, with a particular focus on how we analyse election results as increasing numbers of voters opt to use postal and pre-poll options. This podcast is supported by the Tally Room's supporters on Patreon. If you find this podcast worthwhile please …
 
Latin America's most stable democracy went to the polls last weekend to elect its legislature, President and (two) vice-presidents. Costa Rica's party system is a long way from the two-party system that existed until 15 years ago, but it was the candidate of the old PLN that came out on top this time. José María Figueres, a former president with an…
 
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