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With no candidate taking a majority of the overall vote, election officials will be counting ballots again under Maine’s new ranked-choice voting system. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

Maine congressional election an important test of ranked-choice voting

The system allows voters to pick their first, second- and third-choice candidates – and could encourage more civil campaigns.
Bill Shorten will seek to elevate the issue of a republic by pledging. a policy for quick action. Julian Smith/AAP

Shorten pledges republic vote in first term

Bill Shorten's policy for quick action on a republic contrasts with Malcolm Turnbull's position.
The government has shown no interest in Tony Abbott’s idea, which on the past record of referendums would almost certainly fail. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Abbott hasn’t convinced own electors on Senate curb

Tony Abbott's proposal for a constitutional change to make it easier for a government to pass legislation blocked by the Senate does not have support in his own electorate, according to polling.
Italian Premier Matteo Renzi acknowledges defeat in a constitutional referendum and announces he will resign on Dec. 5. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

The Italian referendum: No Trump nor Brexit

The Italians have rejected Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's constitutional reform package. Now the real struggle for Italy begins.

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