Instant Runoff Voting Wins in Vermont and Minneapolis
The Minneapolis City Council voted 11-1 on May 26 to submit to the voters a charter amendment to use instant
runoff voting (IRV) for city elections. It will appear as a question on the November 7, 2006 ballot. The Vermont
house and senate voted in favor of a bill to study how to implement IRV on the statewide level by 2008. Other
localities may vote to establish IRV ballot measures shortly.
U.S. House Representation for D.C.
Voters in the District of Columbia may finally get some representation to go along with their taxation. A bill
to give a congressional seat to D.C. and adding one at-large seat to Utah passed the House Committee on
Government Reform with strong bipartisan support and now heads to the House Judiciary Committee. The proposal
touches on other FairVote priorities as well: showing how Congress by statute can increase the number of U.S.
House seats and can allow states to use multi-seat districts. The extra seat would mean an addition vote in the
Electoral College that would greatly decrease the odds of an electoral tie in presidential races.
- Have your state join New York, California, and Colorado as among the first to consider the National Popular
- Lobby for federal legislation
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Taylor Hicks' victory in American Idol drew more votes than expected in November. We don't support
anonymous, repeated voting in our elections, but we do applaud the fact that American Idol has a national vote,
rather than a state-by-state Electoral College-type vote, and that the multiple week process of dropping the
last-place performer is an excellent demonstration of how instant runoff voting works. Hicks was a majority
Economist John Kenneth Galbraith died on April 29th. A distinguished teacher, political advisor, and
writer, Galbraith was a strong advocate of proportional voting � connecting to earlier generations of
proportional voting advocates like Walter Lippman, A. Philip Randolph, George Norris, Jane Addams, Carrie Chapman
Catt and Paul Douglas.
FairVote Board Member Hendrik Hertzberg won the prestigious National Magazine Award for his New Yorker
commentaries � ones that often make the case for electoral reform.
FairVote welcomes Bill Shein, who takes the reigns of our Presidential Elections Reform program. We also
welcome a slew of top-notch volunteer summer interns ready to work to claim our democracy!
⇒ Presidential Primary Report
FairVote will shortly release a new report on improving the Presidential nomination process. Our latest report
demonstrates how urban voters have less influence in the presidential primary than warranted by their numbers.
This problem can be addressed in the short term with an early Democratic primary in Washington, D.C. in 2008 and
comprehensive bipartisan nomination process reform before 2012.
⇒ Municipal Right to Vote Project
FairVote has initiated a special
project to promote a constitutional right to vote and achieve meaningful changes in its spirit at a local and
state level. The project will combine cities and states supporting a resolution in favor of a constitutional
right to vote and pledging to examine their own practices to secure a protected right for all.
Commentary and News
California seeks a
brighter place in the sun in presidential election
Los Angeles Times
The LA Times covers the National Popular Vote Campaign highlighting all the major points and mentions FairVote
Chair John Anderson
Eliminating 146 polls is no
The Wichita Eagle
America needs to go back to the drawing board for comprehensive election reform, argues FairVote's Ryan O'Donnell
in the wake of Wichita's decision to close 70% of its polling places.
Electoral reform on
FairVote's Jack Santucci is quoted on the effects of Kuwait's proposed electoral reform package on representation
of political minorities.
lead the nation?
FairVote's Rob Richie comments on a bill in Louisiana could make the state the first of what promises to be
dozens of states entering into the National Popular Vote agreement.
Legislature � Proportional Representation
California Green Party Secretary of State candidate Forrest Hill argues proportional voting would increase voter
choice and legislative responsiveness. State Senator Deborah Bowen, potential Democratic nominee for the office,
also backs ranked voting methods in California.
Reform: Is It an Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Roll Call's Louis Jacobson looks into the National Popular Vote campaign in this article quoting FairVote's Rob
'Instant Runoff' idea is
The Herald News
Illinois local paper touts the merits of IRV and references FairVote as one of its major promoters.
District of Columbia: A
civil rights issue
Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Jack Kemp calls for support for congressional representation for
citizens of the District of Columbia.