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Electoral Reform

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Electoral reform is change in electoral systems to improve how public desires are expressed in election results.

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That can include reforms of:

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Voting systems, such as proportional representation, a two-round system, instant-runoff voting, Instant Round Robin Voting called Condorcet Voting, approval voting, citizen initiatives and referendums and recall elections.

A voting system or electoral system consists of the set of rules which must be followed for a vote to be considered valid, and which set out how votes are counted and aggregated to yield a final result of an election or a referendum.

Instant-runoff voting, also known as the alternative vote, transferable vote, ranked-choice voting, or preferential voting, is a voting system used in single-seat elections when there are more than two candidates.

In political science, an initiative is a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters can force a public vote.

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Vote-counting procedures

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Rules about political parties, typically changes to election laws

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Eligibility to vote

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How candidates and political parties are able to stand and how they are able to get their names onto ballots

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Electoral constituencies and election district borders

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Ballot design and voting equipment

Voting machines are the total combination of mechanical, electromechanical, or electronic equipment, that is used to define ballots; to cast and count votes; to report or display election results; and to maintain and produce any audit trail information.

A ballot is a device used to cast votes in an election, and may be a piece of paper or a small ball used in secret voting.

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Safety of voters and election workers

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Measures against bribery, coercion, and conflicts of interest

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Financing of candidates' and referendum campaigns

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Factors which affect the rate of voter participation

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