Groundbreaking Maryland Legislation Seeks to End Congressional Gerrymandering with Fair Representation

Posted by Austin Plier, Rob Richie on February 11, 2016
Groundbreaking Maryland Legislation Seeks to End Congressional Gerrymandering with Fair Representation

Across the nation, Americans are frustrated with divisive politics and elections in which they feel as though their voice goes unheard. However, states are laboratories of democracy, and we now have an exciting new approach to reform--one that promises to kick-start a conversation about how to fix congressional elections and initiate change in the states.

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Meet Viviana Gonzalez

Posted by Viviana Gonzalez on February 09, 2016
Meet Viviana Gonzalez

As an undergrad at NYU, the pressure to secure an internship is intense. Very intense. As a politics pre-law major, I was warned that a lot of the internships available to me would involve quite a bit of coffee-fetching, with only the occasional opportunity to do some serious work. Though I know those internships have a lot of value, I wanted a different type of experience.

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New Legislation in 13 States to Expand Use of Ranked Choice Voting in 2016

Posted by Ethan Fitzgerald on February 09, 2016
New Legislation in 13 States to Expand Use of Ranked Choice Voting in 2016

With a new year comes a new legislative session in state houses around the U.S. 2016 has seen state legislators nationwide use this opportunity to empower voters by introducing bills that create new uses of ranked choice voting (RCV) at the state and local levels. Just one month into this year’s session, at least 27 pro-RCV bills have been introduced in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

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Face Off: New Hampshire vs. Iowa

Posted by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on February 05, 2016
Face Off: New Hampshire vs. Iowa

In this special edition of Primary Focus, we debate the merits of a humorous hypothetical. If one could vote in either Iowa or New Hampshire, which would you choose? The two states proudly boast their nominating contests as the best in the nation, but the debate has never been outlined. This five-point comparison of Iowa’s caucuses and New Hampshire’s primaries is not an endorsement of specific components; rather it is a discussion of nuanced details.

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Rubio Passes Cruz and Trump in Simulated RCV Primary

Posted by Andrew Douglas, Molly Rockett on February 05, 2016
Rubio Passes Cruz and Trump in Simulated RCV Primary

Only three days after the Iowa Caucuses, the results of that contest are already reshaping the Republican primary field. Despite the fact that Ted Cruz technically won the Caucus (as much as any candidate can really “win” a caucus with proportional allocation of delegates), second-choice polling reveals a different candidate picking up momentum.

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Meet Orion Marchese

Posted by Orion Marchese on February 05, 2016
Meet Orion Marchese

Since I was in high school I’ve always been interested in politics. It seemed very strange to many of my friends, since many of them were apathetic towards the political process.

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The Oscars, Diversity and Ranked Choice Voting

Posted by Rob Richie on February 04, 2016
The Oscars, Diversity and Ranked Choice Voting

All the prominent award systems in the entertainment industry are subject to complaints about winners, nominations, and perceived snubs. The Academy Awards are no different, with particular concerns this year that all 20 nominated actors and actresses are white for the second straight year, triggering the #OscarsSoWhite campaign and commitments from The Academy to diversify the membership that votes on nominations.

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Ranked Choice Voting Can Improve Campus Elections

Posted by Ethan Fitzgerald on February 04, 2016

Check out our presentation on RCV for the American Student Government Association's monthly webinar series. We discuss the mechanics of ranked choice voting, the solutions it offers for making elections more civil and governments more representative, and hear about Georgetown University’s experience with RCV elections.

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