Fair Voting Resources


  • Books and Reports:
  • Voting Counts: Electoral Reform for Canada. Law Commission of Canada, 2004. Out of print. Download from the ‘Resources’ page of
  • Electoral Systems – A Comparative Introduction, 2nd. edition, 2011. David M. Farrell. Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-230-54678-3 (hardback), 978-1-4039-1231-2 (paperback). “Electoral Systems examines the principal types of electoral system currently in use in more than seventy of the world’s democracies: single member plurality, alternative vote, two-round systems, list proportional representation (PR) systems, single transferable vote and the currently fashionable mixed-member systems which come in ‘proportional’ and ‘majoritarian’ forms.”
  • Electoral System Design: The New International IDEA Handbook. The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, 2005, reprinted 2008. ISBN: 91-85391-18-2
  • Alberta Democratic Renewal Project. The ADRP has published an important paper entitled BACK TO THE FUTURE? PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION IN ALBERTA AND CANADA - you can read it here. There is an extensive and comprehensive bibliography.
  • Patterns of Democracy by Arend Lijphart – second edition – has been available since 2012. This book analyses majority-plurality systems such as Canada uses now versus Proportional Representation. ISBN-13: 978-0300172027 and ISBN-10: 0300172028. Paperback and Kindle editions available.

Educational Resources for Teachers and Schools:

  • Electoral Systems – PowerPoint Presentation that illustrates the differences between our current First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) and other electoral systems which use proportional representation. This slideshow contrasts FPTP with Mixed-Member Proportional Representation. The Teachers Guide will assist teachers in using this show in the classroom.
  • This PowerPoint slideshow Pizza Vote demonstrates how the Single Transferable Vote system could work. There is also an accompanying Teacher’s Guide.
  • Clicking on the blue links will download the PowerPoint or PDF document to your computer.
  • These materials were new as of 2015 02 23. Comments and positive feedback, especially suggestions for improvement, would be appreciated; please email Fair Vote Calgary is pleased to co-operate with the Edmonton Chapter of Fair Vote Canada in presenting these materials.
  • Update — these materials were warmly welcomed by Grade 9 and 10 Social Studies teachers at the Greater Edmonton Teachers Convention, 2015 02 26 & 27. Requests were made for materials suitable for Grade 6 and even younger. Younger students may find the CGP Grey videos (listed and linked below) useful.

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External Resources


(Source: Original + other sources, updated on 2015 02 23, 2016 04 12)