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Mexico's Election Policy Revolution

Posted by Author Lane Baldwin on April 04, 2017
Mexico's Election Policy Revolution

In 2014 the Mexican Government, lead by President Enrique Pena Nieto, adopted an electoral reform package containing a number of policies such as the adoption of an independent redistricting commission. This changes have been hailed by reformers, but also include more controversial policies such as the easing of a ban on re-election to the legislature.

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Northern Ireland’s Fair Representation Voting Elections Yield a More Balanced Legislative Assembly

Posted by Kelsey Kober on March 31, 2017
Northern Ireland’s Fair Representation Voting Elections Yield a More Balanced Legislative Assembly

On March 2nd, Northern Ireland’s citizens cast their votes to elect the nation’s 2017 Legislative Assembly. The Irish nationalist Sinn Fein (SF) party closed the gap on the predominant Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) while smaller, more moderate parties such as the Ulster Unionist Party and the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland gained improved representation.

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St. Louis: Racially Divided Mayor's Race Cries Out for RCV Reform

Posted by Steven Hill on March 31, 2017
St. Louis: Racially Divided Mayor's Race Cries Out for RCV Reform

In the Democratic primary for mayor in St. Louis, MO, Alderwoman Lyda Krewson eked out a slim victory against the other six Democratic challengers, winning with only 32% of the popular vote. That means more than two thirds of voters picked another candidate besides the victor. There's a better way to vote in primary elections like these.

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The Impact of Money in the 2014 U.S. House Elections

Posted by Rachel Swack, Maya Efrati on March 22, 2017
The Impact of Money in the 2014 U.S. House Elections

In 2010, the Supreme Court overturned the ban on corporate election spending in the landmark Citizens United case. As a majority of the justices considered political spending to be a form of free speech, corporations were free to ‘speak’, with the goal to persuade the voting public, through political contributions. Since then, the amount of money spent in elections has grown drastically, and the source of that money has become a key concern for many Americans. Many have become to wonder, with so much money involved, could our elections simply be ‘bought’?

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Los Angeles City Election Turnout Projected to Hit Record Low. Would RCV Help?

Posted by Rob Richie, Theodore Landsman on March 16, 2017
Los Angeles City  Election Turnout Projected to Hit Record Low, Would RCV Help?

Voter turnout in many city elections is hitting all-time lows. There is no single reason for such declines, evidence strongly suggests ranked choice voting (RCV) does not lead to lower turnout despite some claims to the contrary. Indeed, adoption of RCV has allowed cities to avoid primary and runoff elections that almost always had far lower turnout than the general election.

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How to Get Elected to Congress With Only 50,595 Votes

Posted by Theodore Landsman on March 15, 2017
How to Get Elected to Congress With Only 50,595 Votes

In the 2016 U.S. House election, Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) won reelection in a race with just 62,655 votes cast (or 8.1% of the district’s 2010 census population). Meanwhile, Ryan Zinke (MT) won his 2016 re-election bid with more than 507,000 votes cast, and earned more than five times as many votes as Bridenstein on his way to a victory that was (relatively) close. How can this be?

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Ranked Choice Voting Legislation Draws Bipartisan Support

Posted by Rob Richie, Ethan Fitzgerald on March 02, 2017
Ranked Choice Voting Legislation Draws Bipartisan Support

This year, there are 18 states with bills advancing ranked choice voting. Ranked choice voting’s ability to both make election cycles more efficient and level the playing field for all candidates and parties makes it popular across the political spectrum. This is reflected in the balanced support that ranked choice voting receives for a range of uses from Republican and Democratic state legislators.

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