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Our International Voting Systems Dashboard has five tabs:
1. Parliaments and rankings
This tab shows the structure of government, the rank for women's representation (based on the percentage of women in the lower house), the number of women elected, and the percentages of women in the chambers.
2. Voting systems of parliaments
This tab shows the type of voting system used, along with sub-categories, and the date of the most recent election.
3. Gender quotas
This tab details the types of gender quotas implemented in each chamber of parliament.
4. Heads of state and government
This tab shows the current Heads of State (HoS) and Government (HoG) & their respective genders (F or M), election dates, and titles. This tab also
This section shows the number of cabinet members, the number of women in the cabinet, the percentage of women in the cabinet, and the most recent verification date.
The goal of this dashboard is to contextualize the U.S. within the world, show the unique systems used around the globe, and show where women's representation is the highest.
This dashboard is interactive! Scroll over each country to see the data.
- Proportional (PR) systems represent subgroups according to a party or candidate's vote share.
- Semi-Proportional (Semi-PR) systems combine elements of proportional and plurality-majority systems. Semi-PR systems are often more representative than non-PR systems because they ensure that political minorities are at least somewhat represented.
- Plurality-Majority systems allow the candidate with the most votes to win, no matter how slim the margin.
Voting systems are the rules and procedures that determine how people are elected. Each system informs how ballots are designed, how people cast their votes, how the results are counted, and how the winners are determined. The type of voting system can greatly impact voter turnout, the role of political parties, candidate engagement, and representation in government.
To read more about the voting systems used around the world, see our International Voting Systems Memo.
In 2022, we released an interactive dashboard to present the latest data on women's representation in ranked choice cities. In addition to providing summary data on where ranked choice voting (RCV) is used and its impact on local representation, the RCV Dashboard includes updated case studies on the impact of ranked voting on women's representation in Cambridge, New York City, the Bay Area, and Utah.
For more information about RCV and its impact on women's representation, check out our 2023 Ranked Choice Voting Memo.
Updated: January 2023
This map shows the gender makeup of state supreme courts as of May 2022. Perhaps surprisingly, many states have significant women's judicial representation. Hover over each state with your cursor for details.
This map shows whether states have single-member plurality districts, two-member districts, or 3+ member districts (multi-member). The map also shows the two states that use ranked choice voting (Alaska and Maine). District magnitude matters because this determines how many subgroups can be represented. If there are more seats available, more groups obtain representation.
This map shows the gender makeup of state cabinets as of January 2022. Cabinet positions serve as opportunities for women to lead, and appointing women cabinet members can normalize women in positions of leadership, opening the door for more women in politics down the line.
This map has two tabs: women's representation in the 117th Congress, and potential women's representation in Congress if the Fair Representation Act was passed. The Fair Representation Act would:
- Create multi-member districts,
- Implement ranked choice voting for all U.S. House elections, and
- Establish an independent redistricting commission.
All of these reforms would contribute to making elections more competitive and achieving more representative outcomes for all.
Incarceration impacts political representation by:
- Requiring formerly incarcerated individuals to pay legal financial obligations (LFOs) before being re-enfranchised. This pay-to-vote system is particularly difficult for formerly incarcerated women who face higher rates of unemployment both before and after incarceration than men.
- Prison gerrymandering counts incarcerated individuals as residents of the prison's district rather than their home communities in the decennial census. This impacts both the funding and representation given to both the prison and home communities.
Further research and resources on the topic can be found from allies in the field at: the Vera Institute of Justice, the Prison Policy Initiative, the Sentencing Project, and the following podcast with Michele Goodwin.