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.
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.
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.
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.
To get a better sense of who is leading the ever-exciting Republican presidential race, Saul Anuzis, former State Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, created a ranked choice voting (RCV) poll on our partner app, Civinomics.
FairVote has been a consistent advocate of asking voters for more than just their first choice in polling. As the race narrows in the Republican field, second choices will inevitably play a large role in how the eventual nominee consolidates support.
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.