We believe it will reduce negative campaigning (...) because candidates will need to appeal to a broader range of voters for first- and second-choice rankings to build a majority of support.
Ranked-choice voting also helps create a richer and, hopefully, more civil dialogue on the issues and increases the diversity of views available for voters to consider by allowing candidates from outside the two major parties to compete.
—League of Women Voters of Maine
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by Rob Richie
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have effectively wrapped up their nomination contests. A rundown of the votes it took to do so is revealing -- each has won the votes of about one in 20 eligible voters so far.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More