Sighs of relief As the US Democrats seize power

The results of the American election are in with the US Democrats wining the Mid Term elections.

Still unknown is the outcome of the the US Senate election which is tethering on a knifes edge.

4:00 a.m. (US) ET

Preliminary review of the US election results highlight the problems of the US first-past-the-post voting system with a number of seats determined by less then a majority of voters. In seats where there is more then 2 candidates running third party candidates take away votes from the two major parties. More then 50% of the US voters will go unrepresented.

To add to the distortion of the US voting system one state that will determine which party holds the balance of power is Montana with around 367,000 voters. Recent counting at 87% of the vote counted has the Democrats on 158,068 , the Republicans 153,453 and a third party ‘spoiler’ candidate on 8,279 votes.

The other US State still under contention, Virgina, has 2.4 Million voters with 99% of the vote counted the US Democrats are on 1,170,564. The Republicans 1,162,717 and a ‘spoiler’ on a slim 26,045.

America which portrays its self a “A democracy” would better serve and represent its people if it considered electoral reform similar to that in use in Australia. the outcome of an election should not be determined by less then a majority of voters. America should adopt a preferential voting system.

Sighs of relief As the US Democrats seize power

The results of the American election are in with the US Democrats wining the Mid Term elections.

Still unknown is the outcome of the the US Senate election which is tethering on a knifes edge.

4:00 a.m. (US) ET

Preliminary review of the US election results highlight the problems of the US first-past-the-post voting system with a number of seats determined by less then a majority of voters. In seats where there is more then 2 candidates running third party candidates take away votes from the two major parties. More then 50% of the US voters will go unrepresented.

To add to the distortion of the US voting system one state that will determine which party holds the balance of power is Montana with around 367,000 voters. Recent counting at 87% of the vote counted has the Democrats on 158,068 , the Republicans 153,453 and a third party ‘spoiler’ candidate on 8,279 votes.

The other US State still under contention, Virgina, has 2.4 Million voters with 99% of the vote counted the US Democrats are on 1,170,564. The Republicans 1,162,717 and a ‘spoiler’ on a slim 26,045.

America which portrays its self a “A democracy” would better serve and represent its people if it considered electoral reform similar to that in use in Australia. the outcome of an election should not be determined by less then a majority of voters. America should adopt a preferential voting system.

Sighs of relief As the US Democrats seize power

The results of the American election are in with the US Democrats wining the Mid Term elections.

Still unknown is the outcome of the the US Senate election which is tethering on a knifes edge.

4:00 a.m. (US) ET

Preliminary review of the US election results highlight the problems of the US first-past-the-post voting system with a number of seats determined by less then a majority of voters. In seats where there is more then 2 candidates running third party candidates take away votes from the two major parties. More then 50% of the US voters will go unrepresented.

To add to the distortion of the US voting system one state that will determine which party holds the balance of power is Montana with around 367,000 voters. Recent counting at 87% of the vote counted has the Democrats on 158,068 , the Republicans 153,453 and a third party ‘spoiler’ candidate on 8,279 votes.

The other US State still under contention, Virgina, has 2.4 Million voters with 99% of the vote counted the US Democrats are on 1,170,564. The Republicans 1,162,717 and a ‘spoiler’ on a slim 26,045.

America which portrays its self a “A democracy” would better serve and represent its people if it considered electoral reform similar to that in use in Australia. the outcome of an election should not be determined by less then a majority of voters. America should adopt a preferential voting system.

God save America God helps those that help themselves and those that vote

With one race down and two to go the second race will be played out today as the united States go to the polls in what is picked to be a win to the US Democratic party and a re-buff to the polices of George W Bush and the Republican Party.

America’s electoral system, which uses first past the post has little to desire but we can only hope that the Democrats prevail by wining control of both houses of congress.

Voting is compulsory but not the way you vote.

Unlike the Australian electoral system were voting is compulsory one of the biggest challenges for US Parties is to get people out and voting. One US State has put forward a proposal for a State Vote-lottery. Every person who votes is entered in to a draw and the lucky voter could win one million dollars. (It adds new meaning to the notion of vote early vote often increase your chances of winning or you can win twice with your vote). How this policy plays out with those opposed to any form of gambling is hard to assess.

The American election along with the Melbourne Cup have provided public diversions as Victoria heads to the polls in just over two weeks. With the introduction of fixed terms and a fixed date for the election the Liberal party have had plenty of time to stage their campaign but for some reason all players have hardly left the gates at a galloping pace.

God save America God helps those that help themselves and those that vote

With one race down and two to go the second race will be played out today as the united States go to the polls in what is picked to be a win to the US Democratic party and a re-buff to the polices of George W Bush and the Republican Party.

America’s electoral system, which uses first past the post has little to desire but we can only hope that the Democrats prevail by wining control of both houses of congress.

Voting is compulsory but not the way you vote.

Unlike the Australian electoral system were voting is compulsory one of the biggest challenges for US Parties is to get people out and voting. One US State has put forward a proposal for a State Vote-lottery. Every person who votes is entered in to a draw and the lucky voter could win one million dollars. (It adds new meaning to the notion of vote early vote often increase your chances of winning or you can win twice with your vote). How this policy plays out with those opposed to any form of gambling is hard to assess.

The American election along with the Melbourne Cup have provided public diversions as Victoria heads to the polls in just over two weeks. With the introduction of fixed terms and a fixed date for the election the Liberal party have had plenty of time to stage their campaign but for some reason all players have hardly left the gates at a galloping pace.

God save America God helps those that help themselves and those that vote

With one race down and two to go the second race will be played out today as the united States go to the polls in what is picked to be a win to the US Democratic party and a re-buff to the polices of George W Bush and the Republican Party.

America’s electoral system, which uses first past the post has little to desire but we can only hope that the Democrats prevail by wining control of both houses of congress.

Voting is compulsory but not the way you vote.

Unlike the Australian electoral system were voting is compulsory one of the biggest challenges for US Parties is to get people out and voting. One US State has put forward a proposal for a State Vote-lottery. Every person who votes is entered in to a draw and the lucky voter could win one million dollars. (It adds new meaning to the notion of vote early vote often increase your chances of winning or you can win twice with your vote). How this policy plays out with those opposed to any form of gambling is hard to assess.

The American election along with the Melbourne Cup have provided public diversions as Victoria heads to the polls in just over two weeks. With the introduction of fixed terms and a fixed date for the election the Liberal party have had plenty of time to stage their campaign but for some reason all players have hardly left the gates at a galloping pace.