(Originally posted on my old blog on Nov. 27, 2013; image by Rama, via Wikimedia Commons)
Voting systems are hard to introduce to students, especially some of the more creative ones. Fortunately, the internet has some really helpful resources to help explain different voting systems and the effect they have on parliaments. One of the best resources I’ve found comes from New Zealand. As part of their 2011 referendum on the electoral system, they put out several short and sweet videos that explained five different types of voting systems. You can find them all here.
Also, as a bonus, here’s a clip from the BBC that explains the D’Hondt system of allocating seats after the election. Because I know understanding this was keeping you up at night.