The Palestinian Elections
FairVote's analysis of the recent Palestinian elections shows how their winner-take-all seats greatly exaggerated the degree to which public opinion has swung to the Hamas party.
Burlington's Mayoral Race with IRV
is heating up. Vermonters will watch the March 7 election closely as they consider expanding IRV to federal offices. Burlington voters will also use IRV to express their views among options in a nonbinding ballot measure, as will voters in Los Osos Community Services District in California.
IRV Easy Even When You're Three!
Julia Shannon-Grillo, 3 1/2, of Burlington waits in line to cast her ballot during a mock instant runoff voting election at Contois Auditorium at Burlington City Hall on Friday afternoon. Her mother, Burlington City Councilor Joan Shannon (left) and several other city workers and residents attended the run-through.
- Join a FairVote conference call on IRV on Thursday February 16th, 8:30-9:30:
Call in to hear FairVote's plans and projects for "The Way Democracy Will Be," and ask questions. To RSVP for the call, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lobby for federal legislation
- Join one of our listservs
- Jamie Raskin, a FairVote board member and one of the leaders in passing the IRV ballot measure in Takoma Park is running for State Senate in Maryland. During his announcement speech he promised to "introduce a bill during my first week in office to promote 100% voter registration of all students in the state before they leave high school." www.raskin06.com
- Christina Bernard joins the FairVote staff as Development Associate. Christina, a Harvard graduate, comes to us after several years working with the World Health Organization.
Thanks to our departing interns Dominic Holt, Zo Tobi, Daniel Riddle, Cecilia Campbell-Westlind, and Brandon Smith, who did great work as part of FairVote's fall team.
Call for a Citizens Assembly in California
The bipartisan proposal for a citizens assembly to study California's elections and make recommendations has long been advocated by FairVote, and follows a successful assembly in British Columbia, where citizens ultimately recommended choice voting.
IRV Ordinance Introduced
in Maryland, Arizona and Anchorage. In recent weeks a legislator submitted an ordinance for an April vote of the people to amend the charter to use IRV in Anchorage municipal elections. New IRV legislation also was introduced this week in Maryland and Arizona see our state legislation page for a complete rundown of action around the nation.
100% Registration Moves in Hawaii
Hawaii state senator Les Ihara recently introduced a bill to study how to achieve 100% voter registration of Hawaii high school students. Hawaii is uniquely positioned to implement this type of systematic policy because it is the only state that allows young people to pre-register when they turn 16.
Hollywood Ranks the Vote
The Oscar nominations were announced last week. Voters in the Academy of Motion Pictures use the choice voting method of proportional voting, helping to explain the usual diverse mix of films and actors. The Los Angeles Times
wrote about choice voting this year.
Students Support Reform
Dozens of colleges and universities now elect their representatives by IRV and proportional voting. There's been strong new interest at schools like the Universities of Iowa and Alabama. See our website for more resources on bringing better democracy to your school.
Moving Toward Voting Rights for DC
FairVote is pleased to take a more active role in advocating voting representation in Congress for the people of Washington, D.C. Please see D.C. Vote's website for the DC FAIR Act, the best chance to earn D.C. voting rights in years.
Commentary and Articles
FairVote Canada's "Electoral Dysfunction" Our sister organization analyzes the outcome of the recent Canadian parliamentary elections and unveils a clever new video arguing for proportional voting in Canada.
Minneapolis IRV Campaign website presents one of the most interesting opportunities for instant runoff voting this year.
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