The Waterside District Electoral Area has long been the epicentre of political unionism in Londonderry and there are four bolt-on seats for the mainstream unionist parties here this year, as always: three DUP; one UUP. It’s noteworthy that for this, the inaugural election to the new Derry and Strabane Council, it’s a bigger electoral area than previously.Gone is the old Altnagelvin ward, and in its wake comes the new Drumahoe ward.The DEA has also swollen to include the distinctly middle-class looking Summer Meadows, parts of Ivy Mead, Prehen and the Strabane Old Road.There are now 18,680 electors compared with 15,252 in 2011, a significant increase.In terms of the quota to get elected, looking at the last series of local elections, the percentage of valid votes cast versus total electorate has varied from 59 per cent in 1997, to 65 per cent in 2001, to 63 per cent in 2005 to 53 per cent in 2011.So if, say, 58 per cent of the electorate cast valid votes this time - it seems … [Read more...] about The battle for the Waterside
Arguments for the electoral college
Scotland politics By Glenn Campbell Chief political correspondent, BBC Scotland 16 April 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-47937629 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsBrexit The latest delay … [Read more...] about Is there time for another Brexit vote?
opinion Jon Gabriel The Arizona Republic Opinion Published 5:00 AM EDT Apr 2, 2019 We've listened to two years of complaints about how President Donald Trump is destroying the norms of democracy. But as the endless parade of Democrats announce their candidacy for the White House, they want to destroy several norms of their own. Of course, there are the policy moonshots such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. Several candidates, however, recommend packing the Supreme Court with new judges. Instead of the nine justices we’ve had for a century and a half, Beto O’Rourke and Pete Buttigieg would expand the high court to 15. A radical idea gaining even more traction is abolishing the Electoral College. Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, along with O'Rourke and Buttigieg, have signed on to this effort, despite it requiring fundamental changes to the Constitution. Every vote matters, right? Not exactly … [Read more...] about Electoral College is undemocratic, that’s why it works
Senator Elizabeth Warren announced her desire to abolish the electoral college on Monday night. “Every vote matters,” she said to a crowd at Jackson State University, “and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the electoral college.” Her call was endorsed the following day by Beto O’Rourke. The Electoral College has been on thin ice for decades, with a majority of Americans favoring a constitutional amendment to install popular voting. That is, until the 2016 election, when, according to Gallup, Republican enthusiasm for the Electoral College rose dramatically. Warren argued on Monday that the current system encourages presidential candidates to focus on a handful of “battleground states” to the exclusion of others, such as Mississippi. This imbues individual voters in those states with disproportionate power, so the argument goes. But Warren’s reasoning is almost certainly … [Read more...] about Opinion: Why Elizabeth Warren is wrong about the electoral college
Two Democrats running for the nation's highest office want to revolutionize the way the U.S. elects its presidents — they're calling for the abolition of the Electoral College. Since 2000, the Democratic Party has seen two of its candidates win the popular vote, only to lose the electoral vote and the White House. Now, Pete Buttigieg and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, both of whom are running to unseat President Trump in 2020, want to see an end to the Electoral College. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke said Tuesday he sees "a lot of wisdom" in the idea."I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and to make sure that vote gets counted," Warren said at a CNN town hall on Monday. "We can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College."But the Electoral College has been enshrined in the Constitution for more than 200 years, so getting rid of it wouldn't be easy. Here's what to know … [Read more...] about What to know about the Electoral College, and why some Democrats want to end it