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Magic Numbers: Small Vote Shifts in Key States Could Have Altered Electoral College Outcomes

Posted by Andrea Levien, Theodore Landsman on January 13, 2017
Magic Numbers: Small Vote Shifts in Key States Can Alter Electoral College Outcomes

One commonly cited benefit of the Electoral College is that, even when the national popular vote for president is close, it creates a decisive victory for one candidate or the other. However, these "decisive" victories are often more tenuous than they seem. There are plenty of elections in which slight vote shifts in key states would have changed the winner of the Electoral College vote.

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Vote Like the Academy: Oscars 2017

Posted by Shane Wade on January 12, 2017
Vote Like the Academy: Oscars 2017

Academy Award nomination voting began Thursday, January 5, and runs through Friday, January 13. By using ranked choice voting, the Academy allows a variety of nominees to be considered--from blockbuster hits, to independent films.

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The Connecticut State Senate, Bipartisanship, and Collaborative Policymaking

Posted by Kelsey Kober, Theodore Landsman on January 03, 2017
The Connecticut State Senate, Bipartisanship, and Collaborative Policymaking

There will be a new experiment in divided government. The Connecticut State Senate is now perfectly tied 18-18 for the first time since 1893. It is too early now to know what sort of concessions Democrats may offer. However, FairVote’s guide to Collaborative Policy Making could serve as a road map for inclusive policy making in the state Senate. Connecticut currently uses none of the agenda setting and consensus building practices that lead to a more civil and functional divided government.

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Improving our Antiquated Elections with Ranked Choice Voting

Posted by Rob Richie on January 03, 2017
Improving our Antiquated Elections with Ranked Choice Voting

Looking forward, American politics is at a tipping point. Our current system simply isn’t working, and all trends suggest it will keep getting worse. Maine shows that voters are ready for change, and reformers are planning city and state campaigns for RCV across the nation. Now is the time to think big – and rank the vote.

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Likely Changes in US House Seat Distribution for 2020

Posted by Theodore Landsman on December 30, 2016
Likely Changes in US House Seat Distribution for 2020

Last week, Real Clear Politics extrapolated demographic trends to project which states are likely to gain or lose U.S. House seats in the reapportionment that will occur after the 2020 Census. Their forecast has nine states losing one U.S. House seat and six states gaining seats. These are only projections, but given that we are now six years into the decade, many of the demographic shifts of the decade are already well advanced and difficult to reverse.

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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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