"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Odd map out

Britain, Canada, Australia, and the United States share much in their political systems, including bicameralism, federalism in the case of the latter three, single-member electoral districts for national-level elections, and, with the wonderful wrinkle of Australia's preferential balloting system, first-past-the-post voting for elections to the lower house of the national-level legislature.

Still, one of these things is decidedly not like the others. Here are the national-level electoral maps of the largest cities in each of the four countries, starting with the central urban portion of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

London, England, United Kingdom:

And New York, New York, U.S.A.:

The truly scary thing: New York's not even the worst. Try Miami. Or Chicago.

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