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- Posted: November 1, 2010
- Author(s): Krist Novoselic
- Categories: Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Home, FairVote
Moving beyond rhetoric and labels, Krist Novoselic, FairVote's Board Chair, discusses ways to reinvigorate the political system.
Krist writes: "We’ve seen voters coalesce around a celebrity candidate, but we could very well soon see a celebrity-initiated new party."
- Posted: October 28, 2010
- Author(s): Amy Ngai
- Categories: Instant Runoff & Ranked Choice Voting, Home, FairVote
Many voters, not kindergarteners, will be employing their basis counting skills come Election Day. That’s because a number of jurisdictions across the country have adopted Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) also known as ranked choice voting for electing local (and even statewide) offices.
A practical question arose this afternoon: how long after you move should you change your voter registration? Obviously, a voter should be registered where s/he actually lives and gets mail, but when should the voter make the switch? Can you wait a week? A month? A year?
FairVote policy proposals for instant runoff voting (IRV) and the National Popular Vote plan (NPV) had a particularly big July. Massachusetts became the sixth state to enact NPV - see Rob Richie's commentary for YES magazine and Jules Leconte's review of the win and widepsread media coverage, including an oped from Michael Dukakis. Charter comissions in Maine's biggest city (Portland) and Tennessee's biggest county (Shelby) voted overwhelmingly to place IRV on the november ballot, while the preliminary report of New York City's charter commission recommended IRV for mayor, as backed by Rob Richie in the New York Times. New jurisdictions holding IRV elections this year include Oakland (mayor) and North Carolina (three judicial elections), while FairVote's Cathy Le explains Australia's upcoming national IRV election. An oped by FairVote's Alec Slatky calling for IRV in Alabama primaries drew interest from political leaders, while Politico also ran a Slatky-Richie oped on IRV... Read more
FairVote supervised voter education and outreach for cumulative voting elections in Port Chester (NY), with its June 15 elections drawing major coverage in the New York Times and Associated Press -- and a turnout boost of 25% and first-ever wins for African American and Latino candidates, along with an independent. Instant runoff voting had a big month: a charter commission in Portland (ME) voted 10-2 to put IRV on the November ballot for mayoral races, IRV drew major coverage in the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight.com, FireDogLake and leading North Carolina newspapers, and Oakland is among cities gearing up for first IRV elections. In the United Kingdom, a national referendum to adopt IRV is planned for May 2011; the Commons recently used IRV for key internal elections, and the Labor Party is using IRV to elect its new leader.
FairVote also celebrated key state wins for its policy proposals. Delaware's state legislature passed voter pre-registrationfor 16-year-olds, and the New York State Senate passed the National Popular Vote plan (by 52-7) and a bill to establish an IRV pilot program. Additional National Popular Vote progress included landslide passage in the Massachusetts House, testimony by FairVote's Rob Richie in the District of Columbia in favor of the bill introduced by 11 of 13 city councilors and new FairVote research on startling disparities in campaign fundraising and spending in the 2008 presidential election. The National Popular Vote plan was backed in a New York Times editorial and by the League of Women Voters at its binannual national convention, where FairVote's Rob Richie led a workshop.
New FairVote writings included Richie's Washington Post oped on electing U.S. Senate vacancies and new EndGerrymandering.com blogposts by Patrick Withers on redistricting reform in the states and why winner-take-all forces some districts to "look funny". Much more on the FairVote twitter.
Voter Choice Tweets: Watch Bill Maher and MN gubernatorial candidates advocate IRV; IRV for Utah state reps; New IRV adoptions on campus and communities; big win in court; United Kingdom may get IRV or proportional voting; more
Action Spotlight: National Popular Vote reaches major milestone; write your legislator today!
FairVote Resources and Research: Majority vs. non-majority governors since World War II; women state reps around the country: blog highlights; IRV Factcheck launches
The Rest of the Tweets: Progress for National Popular Vote; Redistricting; Hard questions for ES&S; PR in Canada; more
Upcoming FairVote Events and Talks: Book talk at Busboys and Poets; League of Women Voters US Conference
- Posted: April 27, 2010
- Author(s): Pauline Lejeune
- Categories: Instant Runoff & Ranked Choice Voting, Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Research & Analysis, Home, FairVote
Today, we could not decide on what to order and realizing that we are the voting system experts, we thought it would be great to cast votes before making any decision. Different systems can get different winners and this was a great opportunity to test their fairness and impact.
On April 16, Federal District Court Judge Richard Seeborg upheld the constitutionality of San Francisco’s instant runoff voting system, the first time a federal court has reviewed IRV. San Francisco has used IRV every November since 2004 with machines that allow voters to rank up to three candidates. Judge Seeborg rejected arguments that not allowing voters to rank all candidates violates the Constitution and explained why jurisdictions might prefer it to traditional winner-take-all systems. Other California cities moving forward with IRV elections this year include Berkeley, Oakland and San Leandro.