The Political Junkie offers an outside-looking- in view of the US. Each day, we will highlight news and opinion pieces from around the world that are focused on US politics and policy. Agree or disagree with the opinions you will read but take a few minutes to see yourselves as others see you.
Out of America: The result is too close to call, and could even be a tie that will make for edge-of-the-seat election viewing
You have to admit, first- past-the-post is more fun. Elections
decided by direct popular vote and proportional representation may be
"fairer" and more "democratic" – but what's an election night when a
computer tells you who has won, or how many seats each party will have,
within moments of the polls closing?
I have covered elections in France and Germany, Greece and Italy (as
well as the Gorbachev-era Soviet Union). But for suspense and great
viewing on election night, nothing beats a system when the outcome is
determined by a host of separate, winner-take-all contests, as in
Britain and the United States. And by any standards, 6 November here
promises to be a thriller.