Meet The Team: Harry Leeser

Posted by Harry Leeser on June 20, 2016
Meet the Team: Harry Leeser

My name is Harry, and I’m a rising junior at Swarthmore College, where I am majoring in political science and minoring in English. I chose to intern at FairVote this summer mostly because of my long standing interest in electoral reform.

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Meet The Team: Lily Westergaard

Posted by Lily Westergaard on June 20, 2016
Meet The Team: Lily Westergaard

I am a rising 2L at Columbia Law School in New York City, originally from Beaufort, South Carolina. I attended Georgetown University for undergrad, studying Government and Psychology. During my time at Georgetown, I developed a fascination with the many ways in which the law and politics intersect.

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Meet The Team: Liz Zack

Posted by Liz Zack on June 15, 2016
Meet The Team: Liz Zack

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Indiana University. Most sociologists become faculty at colleges and universities, where they teach and conduct fascinating and useful research. However, I knew even before applying to graduate school that I wanted to conduct rigorous research outside of academia, in an applied, political setting.

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California's 2016 Top Two Primary Results at a Glance

Posted by Rob Richie, Ethan Fitzgerald, Peter Jarka-sellers on June 10, 2016
California's 2016 Top Two Primary Results at a Glance

The 2016 primary marked the third election cycle of statewide races when California employed the “Top Two” method, in which candidates from all parties for State Assembly, State Senate, US House, and this year, Barbara Boxer’s open US Senate seat, appeared on the same ballot. FairVote will be providing more extensive analysis of this unique system’s outcomes in the coming weeks, but we wanted to share a few key findings now.

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Texas Should Pay for One Election Instead of Two

Posted by Austin Plier on May 27, 2016
Texas Should Pay for One Election Instead of Two

On Tuesday, May 24th, voters across the state of Texas were asked to return to the polls for several runoff elections. Turnout was dismal with less than 4 percent and of registered voters participating--a 20.3 percent drop from the primary election that was held on March 1st. Texas should adopt ranked choice voting for primary elections to replace costly, low-turnout runoffs like the one held Tuesday.

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