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Maine Legislators Should Respect the Will of the People

Posted by Grace Ramsey on February 02, 2017
Maine Legislators Should Respect the Will of the People

When Maine voters adopted ranked choice voting on November 8, 2016, the result was heralded as “hope for the future.” However, a recent controversial move in South Dakota demonstrates how politicians can react to reform with knee-jerk opposition, and some worry that at least some Maine legislators are seeking a way to delay, or even repeal, ranked choice voting - against the wishes of the people.

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Wyoming Legislators Introduce Bills Advancing Electoral Reform

Posted by Ethan Fitzgerald on January 30, 2017
Wyoming Legislators Introduce Bills Advancing Electoral Reform

Wyoming State Senators Cale Case and Chris Rothfuss, along with Representative Dan Zwonitzer, recently filed a bill to move the state’s elections to “ranked pairs” voting. Rothfuss and Zwonitzer are also sponsors of a bill to establish a commission to study election issues, including alternative voting systems.

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Iowa Democrats Elect State Party Chair Using Ranked Choice Voting

Posted by Ethan Fitzgerald on January 27, 2017
Iowa Democrats Elect State Party Chair Using Ranked Choice Voting

In the first election for state chair using a single, ranked choice voting ballot, the Iowa Democratic Party elected Derek Eadon from a crowded field of seven candidates. Ranked choice voting allowed the committee to efficiently elect Eadon with a majority of the vote and choose a candidate who seems to have earned consensus support from different factions within the party.

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Swarthmore Students Intern at FairVote/Rep2020

Posted on January 13, 2017
Swarthmore Students Intern at FairVote/Rep2020

FairVote and Representation2020 hosted four Swarthmore students for a week-long externship where they get to be part of our team and learn how FairVote works. Here, Anna Garner, Anna Scheibmeir, Ava Shafiei and Morgin Goldberg reflect on their experiences and explain what drew them to our organization.

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