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The Promise of Wisconsin's Gerrymandering Lawsuit - And Its Limits

Posted by Drew Penrose on December 16, 2016
The Promise of Wisconsin's Gerrymandering Lawsuit - And Its Limits

Two days before Thanksgiving 2016, a three-judge panel struck down partisan gerrymandering as unconstitutional in a challenge to Wisconsin’s state legislative redistricting plan. If the Court sides with the plaintiffs and strikes down partisan gerrymandering, it will be important – but it will not be as world-changing as some are claiming.

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New Lessons from Problems with Approval Voting in Practice

Posted by Rob Richie on December 14, 2016

Ranked choice voting (RCV, also called instant runoff voting) is a proven way to open up elections to give voters more voice and greater choice. Yet there is a persistent group of online critics who espouse other voting methods and attribute to them a range of untested virtues. Our concerns focus on viability and workability.

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The Violence of Faction: Partisanship Hardens in 2016

Posted by Drew Penrose on December 05, 2016
The Violence of Faction: Partisanship Hardens in 2016

A hallmark of American democracy is that we vote for candidates and not parties. As voters, we pride ourselves on supporting the best candidates, irrespective of their political party affiliations. This “crossover voting” or “ticket splitting” - voting for nominees of different political parties for different offices - is dying.

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Ferguson-Florissant School Board Elections Improve with the Voting Rights Act

Posted by Maya Efrati, Drew Penrose on December 01, 2016
Ferguson-Florissant School Board Elections Improve with the Voting Rights Act

After a successful case brought under the Voting Rights Act, the Ferguson-Florissant School Board now joins the more than 200 jurisdictions in the United States which elect their officers using fair representation voting. By giving voters cumulative voting rights, the families of the Ferguson-Florissant School District will have a stronger voice in the education system for their community.

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Maine's First Ranked Choice Voting Election: June, 2018

Posted by Drew Penrose on November 15, 2016
Maine's First Ranked Choice Voting Election: June, 2018

On Election Day 2016, voters in Maine showed that they intend to live up to Maine’s motto: “Dirigo,” meaning “I lead.” In 2018, they will be the first state to use ranked choice voting in all state and congressional elections, notwithstanding doubts expressed in some post-election coverage.

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