FairVote Legal Staff Promote Fair Representation Voting in Law Review Issue Celebrating Voting Rights Act

Posted by Chris Hughes on August 24, 2016
FairVote Legal Staff Promote Fair Representation Voting in Law Review Issue Celebrating Voting Rights Act

Last year was the 50th Anniversary of the March on Selma and the passage of the seminal Voting Rights Act of 1965, which changed the course of minority voting power in American politics, and just last week celebrated its 51st Anniversary. To honor that legacy, the Cumberland Law Review at the Stamford School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama dedicated an issue of its most recent volume to the history, impact, and future of the VRA, to which FairVote contributed an article about adopting ranked choice voting in multi-winner districts for Congress.

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Running Ranked Choice Voting Elections with OpaVote

Posted by Austin Plier on August 18, 2016
Running Ranked Choice Voting Elections with OpaVote

OpaVote is a website for running elections online, and in this blog post we interview, Jeff O'Neill, the founder of OpaVote and a former FairVote legal intern in 2003. If you are part of an organization that holds elections using ranked choice voting, then you may find OpaVote a useful service for running your election.

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State Parties Turn to Ranked Choice Voting Systems to Make Convention Elections More Representative

Posted by Harry Leeser on August 01, 2016
State Parties Turn to Ranked Choice Voting Systems to Make Convention Elections More Representative

Every four years, the Democratic and Republican parties’ national conventions draw an enormous amount of public attention as the parties select their presidential candidates and set their direction for the next four years. However, much less attention is paid to the smaller state and local conventions that are also held in the leadup to the national convention. Each of these conventions has its own rules, including the rules governing how the nominees to be selected at the convention will be chosen, and how the various party officials will be elected.

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Tracking the Candidates: Current Electoral College Rules Mean Most Americans Ignored

Posted by Rob Richie, Peter Jarka-sellers on July 29, 2016
Tracking the Candidates: Current Electoral College Rules Mean Most Americans Ignored

In the weeks since the California primary, when Hillary Clinton joined Donald Trump in becoming her party’s presumptive nominee for president, FairVote has tracked both candidates’ campaign appearances. FairVote’s similar analysis in 2012 showed just how much the candidates focus on swing states that might tip the election with our current Electoral College rules.

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Meet The Team: Stephen Beban

Posted by Stephen Beban on July 14, 2016
Meet The Team: Stephen Beban

The first time I got to vote, it was on New Zealand’s 2011 Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) referendum. It was exciting to be able to have a voice on how our electoral system works in my first democratic experience.

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Meet The Team: Michael Patison

Posted by Michael Patison on July 14, 2016
Meet The Team: Michael Patison

I am a Dallas native and rising 5th year at the University of Texas at Austin, where I’m majoring in International Relations, with a concentration in International Security, and Plan II Honors, an interdisciplinary honors program, with minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic.

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Meet The Team: Carlos Vergne

Posted by Carlos Vergne on July 14, 2016
Meet The Team: Carlos Vergne

My name is Carlos and I’m from San Juan, Puerto Rico. At present, I am a rising senior at Haverford College on the Political Science track. I first heard about FairVote through my American Politics class at Haverford as we discussed the topic of electoral reform. I learned that the organization was dedicated to strengthening American democracy by making the electoral process more representative.

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Meet The Team: Isaac Katz

Posted by Isaac Katz on July 13, 2016
Meet The Team: Isaac Katz

I am a law student at Georgetown University Law Center. I have questioned the logic of the U.S. electoral system since my middle school civics class. I watched the frustration and chaos boiling over during the 2000 presidential election – the first election I can remember - and found it hard to accept that any system that elected leaders without a popular majority could truly represent the will of the people.

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