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.
The first time I got to vote, it was on New Zealand’s 2011 Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) referendum. It was exciting to be able to have a voice on how our electoral system works in my first democratic experience.
I am a Dallas native and rising 5th year at the University of Texas at Austin, where I’m majoring in International Relations, with a concentration in International Security, and Plan II Honors, an interdisciplinary honors program, with minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic.
My name is Carlos and I’m from San Juan, Puerto Rico. At present, I am a rising senior at Haverford College on the Political Science track. I first heard about FairVote through my American Politics class at Haverford as we discussed the topic of electoral reform. I learned that the organization was dedicated to strengthening American democracy by making the electoral process more representative.
I am a law student at Georgetown University Law Center. I have questioned the logic of the U.S. electoral system since my middle school civics class. I watched the frustration and chaos boiling over during the 2000 presidential election – the first election I can remember - and found it hard to accept that any system that elected leaders without a popular majority could truly represent the will of the people.
I am a rising 2L at Georgetown Law, originally from a small town in New Jersey. I graduated from American University in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science and CLEG (Communications, Legal Studies, Economics, and Government). After graduation, I worked for a Member of Congress before joining the Peace Corps in 2013 as an English teacher trainer in rural Costa Rica.