2016 Presidential Primary Voter Turnout Analysis To Date

Posted by Molly Rockett, Austin Plier on May 06, 2016
2016 Presidential Primary Voter Turnout Analysis To Date

As of May 3rd, 2016, 42 states have held either presidential primaries or caucuses. FairVote has compiled the number of votes casts in state primaries for each candidate to this point, as well as the reported number of votes in state caucuses--though caucus numbers are less reliable than primary elections. Here is summary analysis of voter state presidential primary election turnout to this point in the nomination process.

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GOP Voters Shouldn’t Have to “Coordinate” to Make Their Voices Heard

Posted by Molly Rockett on April 27, 2016
GOP Voters Shouldn’t Have to “Coordinate” to Make Their Voices Heard

With just 82 days remaining until the Republican Convention, Ted Cruz and John Kasich have publicly discussed their plan to launch a coordinated opposition effort to Donald Trump in upcoming state primaries. The idea is to consolidate Cruz and Kasich supporters behind the most competitive alternative to Trump in each of the remaining states, rather than splitting the anti-Trump vote between the two candidates.

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FairVote Joins Lawsuit to Open the Debates

Posted by Drew Spencer on April 15, 2016
FairVote Joins Lawsuit to Open the Debates

For two decades, the Commission on Presidential Debates has excluded every candidate from the general election presidential and vice-presidential debates but two: the nominees of the Republican and Democratic Parties. On April 13th, FairVote filed an amicus brief in support of Level the Playing Field and other plaintiffs to change this exclusionary rule and help open the debates to more competition.

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Over 12,500 vote in UC Berkeley Ranked Choice Voting Election

Posted by Ethan Fitzgerald on April 14, 2016
Over 12,500 vote in UC Berkeley Ranked Choice Voting Election

More than 12,500 of Berkeley’s roughly 38,000 students (32%) participated in this year’s election for the Associated Students of the University of California Senate and executive branch. This level of turnout is impressive in student elections and can be, at least in part, attributed to the dynamic climate around campus politics at Berkeley.

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Here’s a Way to Eliminate Alabama’s Costly, Low-Turnout Runoffs

Posted by Austin Plier on April 12, 2016
Here’s a Way to Eliminate Alabama’s Costly, Low-Turnout Runoffs

Today, April 12th, Alabama will hold costly runoff elections for the District 1 and District 7 seats on the Alabama State Board of Education, as well as several Circuit Court Judge nominations. These runoffs are required when no candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary elections, which took place on March 1st.

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Introducing the Public Primary

Posted by Rob Richie on April 07, 2016
Introducing the Public Primary

I wanted to highlight a new proposal: the “ Public Primary.” First proposed to us last year by Chad Peace of the Independent Voter Project as an “all independent primary,” the idea has taken more shape in the succeeding months. Chad now calls it a Public Primary, as do we.

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