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Mueller reveals depth of states’ election vulnerabilities

Politico: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s latest indictment offers new details of just how deeply Russian operatives have infiltrated state and local election agencies across the U.S. — adding to years of warnings about the technologies that underpin American democracy. Read more…

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The laws protecting Britain’s democracy from big money are broken

In Mike Myers’ 90s classic ‘Austin Powers’, Dr Evil, the baddie transported from the 1960s, threatens to blow up the world unless he’s paid a ransom. Confused by inflation, however, he only demands “one million dollars”, much to everyone’s mirth. In related news, the Electoral Commission has fined Vote Leave, Darren Grimes and Veterans for Britain […]

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How democratic are the reformed electoral systems used in Britain’s devolved governments and English mayoral elections?

Democratic Audit UK: As part of our 2018 Audit of UK Democracy, Patrick Dunleavy and the Democratic Audit team examine how well citizens are represented by the two main reformed electoral systems used in the UK – the ‘additional members system’ (AMS) and the ‘supplementary vote’ (SV). How successful have they been in showing the way for more modern electoral […]

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Elections: Freedom of Information

Cabinet Office written question on what steps the Government plans to take to (a) maintain the secrecy of voting and (b) ensure that voters can not be identified as a result of bringing Returning Officers under the Freedom of Information Act.

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UEA Impact Recognised by ESRC

Toby James: It was a great honour to be a finalist in the ESRC Impact Awards last month.  An even greater honour was to receive a silver medal from former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Read more…

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How democratic is the Westminster ‘plurality rule’ electoral system?

Democratic Audit UK: In the first part of our 2018 Audit of UK Democracy, Patrick Dunleavy examines a topic of foundational importance for any liberal democracy – how well does the electoral system (in this case the Westminster plurality rule, aka ‘first-past-the-post’) convert votes into seats? A sudden growth in two-party support in 2017 allowed the UK’s ancient […]

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