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  • Ranked Choice Voting Research Advisory Committee

    • Posted: April 15, 2015

    SF Ballot RCV ExtractFairVote has assembled a team of academic advisers with whom we work closely on issues relating to ranked choice voting. They are currently taking the lead in implementing a research project into the potential impact of RCV on the tone and substance of campaigns for which we received $300,000 from the Democracy Fund. 


  • What do Voters Think of Ranked Choice Voting?

    • Posted: April 15, 2015

    Voters2Citizens in at least 10 U.S. cities currently vote using RCV, including San Francisco, Minneapolis and St Paul.  Opinion polling shows that voters' experiences with RCV are positive: they support the use of RCV in local elections, understand RCV and notice a less negative and critical campaign tone. 

    Visit our "Voters' Views of RCV" page to find out more. 

  • How does RCV Change the Tone of Campaigns?

    • Posted: April 15, 2015

    Debate TonightDoes RCV change the way media report on elections or the way candidates reach out to voters, talk to each another and use negative ads? Initial findings suggest RCV is accompanied by more positive campaign reporting in newspaper media and a different style of candidate communication on social media. 

    Visit our "RCV and Campaign Tone" page to find out more. 

  • FairVote's Projections for U.S. House Elections in 2016

    • Posted: November 6, 2014

    On November 6, 2014, FairVote is releasing its projections for congressional elections for the November 2016 elections nearly two years away. We project vote percentages in all districts and winners in nearly 86% of races. See our summary of projections and download our spreadsheet that provides detailed information on projections in your district and allows you to see the implications of an open seat, partisan waves, or more incumbent-friendly voting patterns.

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  • The Big Question: Will corporate money change campaigns?

    • Posted: May 13, 2011

    Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer insight into Citizens United v. FEC

  • Goodbye, Granny D

    • Posted: May 13, 2011


    Remembering the inspiring life of Doris Haddock, a great-grandmother from New Hampshire who decided, at age 88, to take a stand (and a very long walk) to protect democracy.


  • Washington should enact changes to rules governing legislative redistricting

    • Posted: May 13, 2011


    One of the most important implications of the U.S. census is its use as a basis for revising the states' legislative and congressional districts. Guest columnists Bill Finkbeiner and Krist Novoselic urge changes in the Washington state law to depoliticize the process and encourage citizen involvement.


  • Redistricting need not be political blood sport

    • Posted: May 13, 2011


    The trouble begins with two seemingly innocent facts: The Constitution requires a census of the population every 10 years, and the 14th Amendment requires that states and cities redistrict legislative lines so that they have the same number of residents per representative. Such population corrections to district lines might seem relatively benign - a task for a few computer-savvy interns able to move the necessary thousands of people from one district to another based on some reasonable criteria. But redistricting instead has become the worst of political blood sports.


  • Gottlieb on Voting

    • Posted: May 13, 2011

    Anthony Gottlieb reviews “Numbers Rule: The Vexing Mathematics of Democracy, from Plato to the Present,” a new book by George Szpiro, a journalist and mathematician. The book—and Gottlieb’s essay—are about a subject that got its teeth around my ankle years ago and refuses to let go: voting systems.