Ernest Naville

On 23 September 2011, in Front Page, PR History, by jlundell

Our front page features a quote from Ernest Naville, “In a democratic government the right of decision belongs to the majority, but the right of representation belongs to all.” Who is Ernest Naville, and where does the quote come from? Naville was born in 1816 in Geneva, Switzerland, and most of his writings are theological […]

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?

On 28 August 2010, in Front Page, PR History, by jlundell

Or: If proportional representation is so wonderful, why doesn’t everybody use it? The answer, of course, is that (nearly) everybody does. Below is a list of countries that use PR for national elections (source: Wikipedia). If we included countries that use PR for at least some local elections, the list would be considerably longer, and […]

Proportional representation in the USA: Sacramento

On 23 August 2010, in PR History, by jlundell

As you can see from the PR timeline on this site, with the American Proportional Representation League forming in 1893, and Ashtabula OH becoming the first American city to adopt PR in 1915. Ryan Dunning has posted on his blog Fresno Ranked Voting an excerpt from Hoag & Hallett’s 1926 Proportional Representation describing the brief […]