Professors Hersh and Fraga’s analysis of electoral competition makes the case that “the picture is much rosier” than FairVote characterizes in calling one of our reports “dubious democracy.” But we stand firmly by our position. In this first post we examine the presidential elections and show that that levels of electoral competition in states are far from healthy. Without rose-tinted glasses, this conclusion is inescapable.
Nevada could be the first state whose legislators implement such a system when they convene early next year. Since 2013 there has been a quiet effort to end Nevada’s closed primary system. The Nevada Election Modernization and Reform Act would drastically improve elections in Nevada.
FairVote joined scholars like Arend Lijphart in submitting a brief to the Canadian Special Committee on Electoral Reform to help guide their decision making as to how Canada’s elections should be reformed. Like the United States, Canada elects its national legislature exclusively from single-winner districts, elected by plurality vote. It does not use a proportional system. Also like the United States, this causes problems.
FairVote staff were recently published in the Voting Rights Act 50 year anniversary issue of the Cumberland Law Review. Following up on our prior piece in the University of Richmond Law Review, our article makes the case that lessons from vote dilution cases brought under the VRA show us the way out of the congressional gerrymandering crisis, and a way to pull courts out of the "political thicket" of adjudicating partisan gerrymandering claims. Read our article here: Escaping the Thicket: The Ranked Choice Voting Solution to America’s Redistricting Crisis.
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.
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.
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.
FairVote, has compiled and analyzed state-by-state data on voter turnout for the 2016 presidential primaries. Released today, its reviews trends in voter turnout nationally since 2000, as well as differences in turnout by party.
It’s July in an election year which means that, among other things, it’s convention time. In the lead up to the conventions, parties are in a flurry of preparation, trying to get every element of their respective events together in time for the opening gavel.