Posted on May 14, 2015
Lots of big things are happening in the world of election reform, and FairVote is at the forefront! Here's the latest:
- Good news, election civility isn’t dead: Ranked choice voting encourages civility and positive campaigning, and voters support it -- 57 percent of voters living in four RCV cities agreed that it should be used in local elections, according to new FairVote research. Our team worked with the Eagleton Poll at Rutgers University and a core team of four academics led by Professor Caroline Tolbert of the University of Iowa.
- Collaborative practices make perfect: FairVote and the Bipartisan Policy Center released a new report, Best Practices for Collaborative Policymaking. FairVote researchers identify and recommend rules/practices that can empower bipartisan cooperation.
- Democracy Slam explores 17 bold election reform ideas (ICYMI): FairVote held its National Democracy Slam on April 22! Seventeen ideas for breaking partisan gridlock, ending gerrymandering, and improving America's elections and politics were explored during the day. Speakers included US Congress members and community organizers. View the webcast here.
Representation 2020 gets a boost: Long-time organizational ally Hogan Lovells announced its official partnership with FairVote (specifically to support its Representation 2020 initiative).
- Electoral reform movement gains momentum across the pond: The recent UK General Election sparked growing support for the proportional representation/fair representation voting movement. FairVote Staffer Sarah John discusses lessons for US reformers.
- FairVote is turning heads in news media: Check out this piece from Sightline Institute and this post on the Independent Voter Network website.
- Ranked choice voting continues to be Maine event: Recent media pieces include an editorial from the USM Free Press, in which the author calls upon Mainers to take the “opportunity to be a pioneer, this time, for better elections,” and this Letter to the Editor from the Irregular Newspaper, in which the author enumerates the “distinct advantages to ranked choice elections.”
- Where to get the scoop: Check out FairVote's Blogspot site for quick access to important election reform news.
Catch the FairVote Reformer for the latest updates on systemic election reform.