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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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Why 2016 was a Stronger Year for Incumbents

Posted by Sarah John on November 11, 2016
Why 2016 was a Stronger Year for Incumbents: Evaluating the Incumbency Advantage in U.S. House Races, 1996-2016

The 2016 U.S. House election was a better election for incumbents than 2014, and one in which the nation was split down the middle. The incumbency bump added eight points to the average incumbent’s margin of victory and only 12 seats (3%) of seats changed hands.

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Non-Majority Outcomes in Senate Races and Presidential Contests

Posted by Austin Plier on November 10, 2016
Non-Majority Outcomes in Senate Races and Presidential Contests

As election 2016 outcomes become clearer and vote totals finalize, we can begin to assess the impact that vote-splitting had on various U.S. Senate races and the presidential contest in states. As the fight for control of the Senate played out, it looks as though six Senate races will be won without a majority of the vote.

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Washington Top Two Highlights

Posted by Stephen Beban on November 08, 2016
Washington Top Two Highlights

As of tonight, Washington has experienced its 5th cycle using the Top Two system. While most of the races featured familiar Democratic-Republican match-ups, three others stand-out: a couple of intraparty congressional races (one with two Democrats, and the other with two Republicans) that are the hallmark exhibits of the opportunities Top Two affords; and a state executive race that showcases the potential for misfires. We consider their implications below.

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