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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Why O'Malley Second Choices Matter in Iowa -- and Huckabee's May Not

Posted by Rob Richie on January 29, 2016
Why O'Malley Second Choices Matter in Iowa, and Huckabee's May Not

With Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton seemingly in a very tight contest to win the state, Gov. O'Malley supporters' second choices may decide whether Sanders or Clinton wins more state and national delegates. On the Republican side, a large field means that some Republican voters are going to walk away not having cast a vote that elected delegates because they didn't get a second choice.

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