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Alexis: It's important that my son knows his voice always matters.Voters in cities and states across the country are turning to ranked choice voting to give themselves - and future generations - better options. That’s what Alexis W. of Maine shared with us.

"It’s important that my son knows his voice always matters – that he does have a say in a democracy that is of the people, by the people, and for the people. That’s why I gathered, sorted, and filed thousands of petitions for ranked choice voting over the past several months. Ranked choice voting won’t fix all of the problems with our politics, but it will put more power back in the hands of voters. It will make politicians more accountable to people by encouraging candidates to appeal to more voters to win elections."

Learn more about the historic campaign to make Maine the first state to use ranked choice voting for statewide elections.

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Fair Representation Voting for Congress

The Problem

The Problem

Winner-take-all elections create polarization and a striking lack of competition.

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Our Solution

Ranked choice voting gives every voter a meaningful vote.

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FairVote's brief and timely commentary on the latest news.

Vermont Governor Signs Automatic Voter Registration into Law

by Austin Plier

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an automatic voter registration bill into law on Thursday, April 28th, making Vermont the fourth state to pass such a law. The bill could add up to 50,000 new voters to the rolls over the course of its first four years in effect. The bill was proposed by former FairVote employee Rep. Christopher Pearson, and received overwhelming all-partisan support in the Vermont Legislature.

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Georgia Special Election Runoff Garners 6% Voter Turnout

by Austin Plier

Carl Gilliard won a special runoff election for House District 162 of Georgia's State House. Only about 6% of the 23,000 registered voters across 19 precincts showed up to vote in the runoff election. Georgia should adopt ranked choice voting--also known as "instant runoff voting"--for situations as these. This would allow the state to save money by avoiding the costs associated with a runoff, and maximize turnout in one election, while still achieving the same democratic results.

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Kansas Officials Already Gearing Up for 2022 Redistricting

by Austin Plier

Kansas lawmakers will not redraw the state's congressional and legislative maps until 2022, but already the Legislature's Research Department is meeting with the U.S. Census Bureau regarding data and computer software that will be used to draw district lines. With fair representation voting in place, perhaps elected officials wouldn't already be planning how to draw the very districts in which they are elected six years in advance, and voters would have more trust in the process as well.

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