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The Tragic Story of Oxfordia

Let’s talk about a small, remote, poor, and undeveloped country called Oxfordia that recently held an election. Oxfordia has a simple “first-past-the-post” election system; the country is divided into two halves, each of which returns a member of parliament. The results of the election were as follows:

East Oxfordia

Labourious Party: 21,938 votes (42.5%)

The Liberally Democrats: 17,357 (33.6%)

Conversative Party: 9,727 (18.8%)

West Oxfordia

Conversative Party: 23,906 (42.3%)

The Liberally Democrats: 23,730 (42.0%)

Labourious Party: 5,999 (10.6%)

So following the election, Oxfordia has two members in its parliament, one from the Conversative Party and one from the Labourious Party. Now of course, this is pretty unfair, given the numbers of votes cast:

The Liberally Democrats: 41,087 (40.0%)

Conversative Party: 33,633 (32.7%)

Labourious Party: 27,937 (27.2%)

Still, at the end of the day, that’s just a small, far away country with a corrupt electoral system. At least we don’t have to worry about anything like that happening here.

For more information, click to read about East Oxfordia and West Oxfordia.

2 Comments

  1. Roger Gammans

    Once the fulls votes are available in an easy to process form. (electoralcalculus.co.uk – is such a source) I will probably run some numbers to look at this.

    One of the things which would be useful is a list Constituency pairs to group together.

    What I plan to do is looking at the Second choice candidates in each constituency and see what would happen if we returned to candidates per. But I really like to also pair each constituency and do the analysis again – so we are comparing same size parliaments.

    • Jonny Nexus

      That sounds really cool. Please let me know when you’ve done it so I can take a look.

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