Catch up on the week’s electoral reform news with our round up of folks across the country writing and talking about FairVote’s reform vision. We also invite you to read these highlights of great press for ranked choice voting in 2016.
Public interest litigation plays an important role in enacting and influencing reform, albeit imperfect and oftentimes unsuccessful. As an undoubtedly necessary strategy within the legal framework of our democratic society, attorneys can improve its effectiveness in order to better embolden and strengthen social reformers. This year, FairVote plans to publish an audit of state constitutions and courts to help prospective litigators know when seeking changes through litigation is most likely to be beneficial.
North Carolina’s decision to eliminate primary runoffs echoes FairVote’s critique of runoffs. In lieu of primary runoffs or plurality voting, North Carolina and other states should adopt ranked choice voting to ensure that elected officials win with broad support and avoid the expense and inconvenience of dragging voters back for another election.
University of Missouri-St. Louis professor David C. Kimball's research shows that RCV does not adversely affect turnout, rather it increases voter turnout in the decisive election when it replaces a two-round runoff system. Professor Kimball wrote a guest post summarizing his findings.
Ranked choice voting has been adopted by several cities in the Bay Area of California and elsewhere to replace a contingent runoff taking place after a November election. One concern for advocates and critics alike is ballot exhaustion, but the data shows reason for optimism.
FairVote’s model of U.S. House of Representatives elections shows that House elections are so uncompetitive and skewed that it is unlikely that even a Clinton landslide would deliver Democrats the House.
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is commonly used around the world to democratically elect officials more fairly than plurality. In September and October, millions of our friends in the Land of the Long White Cloud and Down Under both used RCV to elect local officials.