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Meet the Team: John Patrick Thomas

Posted by John Patrick Thomas on July 19, 2017
Meet the Team: John Patrick Thomas

Growing up as the son of journalists, I was raised on a healthy diet of political arguments at the kitchen table. My passion for public policy came with a side of mashed potatoes. Despite my many attempts to change the topic to the playoff hopes of the Boston Red Sox, I could not successfully escape the “more important” issues facing our nation.

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Canadian Conservative Party Used Ranked Choice Ballots to Determine Next Leader

Posted by Marie Lemieux on July 18, 2017
Canadian Conservative Party Used Ranked-Choice Ballots to Determine Next Leader

On May 27, 2017, Andrew Scheer, the Member of Parliament for Regina-qu’Appelle was elected as leader for the Canadian Conservative Party at the end of a thirteen month-long leadership race. The format of the leadership contest, ranked-choice voting (RCV), allowed a consensus candidate to emerge out of many controversial candidacies in order to represent a broad base of Conservatives. Scheer’s predecessor, Prime Minister Stephen Harper resigned following the Conservative Party loss in the 2015 federal elections. Following his resignation, the party appointed Rona Ambrose, a caucus member and former Minister of Health, Environment and Public Works, as interim leader until the permanent leader was appointed by the party’s members in a leadership contest.

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Meet the Team: Myeisha Boyd

Posted by Myeisha Boyd on July 18, 2017
Meet the Team: Myeisha Boyd

Hello There! I’m Myeisha. My interest in politics began during my sophomore year of college when I was a Casework Intern for Senator Richard Blumenthal. This is where my passion for public service and advocacy emerged. I truly felt as though I was making a difference by communicating with government agencies on behalf of constituents.

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Meet the Team: Madeline Brown

Posted by Madeline Brown on July 17, 2017
Meet the Team: Madeline Brown

When I was 14, I had my first experience with ranked choice voting (RCV). I was a freshman in high school in San Francisco, and we used it to elect my student body representatives. Given the city of San Francisco had been using RCV for every city election for nearly nine years, I was excited to be using it for our school elections. I saw it as a fair system that ensured the winners would have to appeal to larger portions of the student body in order to get elected. At the time, I was sure it would only be a few years before RCV was adopted in cities and states all over the US.

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Why Ranked Choice Voting is the Right Thing for Santa Fe

Posted by Author Maria Perez on July 14, 2017
Why Ranked Choice Voting is the Right Thing for Santa Fe

For the first time in Santa Fe, New Mexico history, there will be a full-time mayor elected in March of 2018 with additional powers, duties and a higher salary. It is important that the majority of Santa Fe voters elect the new mayor with ranked choice voting (RCV), an electoral reform that was approved by city voters 9 years ago and has yet to be implemented.

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The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Asian American and Pacific Islander Voting Rights and Representation

Posted by Drew Spencer Penrose, Rob Richie, Jennifer Pae, David O'brien on July 06, 2017
The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Asian American and Pacific Islander Voting Rights and Representation

While Asian American and Pacific Islanders (API) may be the smallest community in many jurisdictions, it is still the fastest growing and most diverse demographic in the country. API voters and their preferred candidates are particularly underrepresented by our current winner-take-all rules.

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Reform Roundup: June 30th, 2017

Posted on June 30, 2017
Reform Roundup: June 30th, 2017

Catch up on the week’s electoral reform news with our round up of folks across the country writing and talking about FairVote reform vision. This week, Congressman Don Beyer introduced the Fair Representation Act (FRA), H.R. 3057.

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