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Many great things happened in the month of February. See the highlights in our most recent e-newsletter!
- Oscar: Rank Your Choices
- FairVote Featured in High Profile Media
- Ranked Choice Voting Earns Strong Support
- Honor John Anderson and Double your Donation
- Primary Season Resources--And Please Vote!
- Question of the Month
- Posted: February 17, 2012
- Author(s): Tyler Sadonis
- Categories: Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Home, Redistricting, FairVote
Saturday February 11, 2012 marked the 200th birthday of the "Gerry-mander." With 2012 redistricting plans taking shape, gerrymandering continues to be prevalent. FairVote advocates for an alternative reform to fundamentally change the way we draw district boundaries.
Welcome to 2012! It's a big election year, and there's no shortage of elections to track and reform ideas to explain. We're the nation's go-to resource when it comes to big thinking about election reform - certainly there's rarely been a better time for out-of-the-box approaches to stand up for American votes and our democracy. This issue features: Fair Vote 20th Anniversary- and a Salute to John Anderson, Your Primary Resource: 2012 Election Marathon Underway, Fair Voting Plans for Congress: There is a better way, 84th Academy Awards Showcase Ranked Choice Voting, Question of the Month
- Posted: November 9, 2011
- Categories: Instant Runoff & Ranked Choice Voting, Ranked Choice Voting in Bay Area Elections, Home, FairVote
Tuesday, November 8, San Francisco held Rank Choice Voting elections for mayor, sheriff, and district attorney. FairVote has analyzed public electronic ballot images and results of the elections. Almost all ballots cast were valid, and many voters ranked more than one candidate, indicating that San Francisco voters understand RCV.
- Posted: October 26, 2011
- Author(s): Krist Novoselic
- Categories: Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, FairVote
Prof. Michael S. Latner recently published a paper this year on proportional representation in California. He summarized the importance of replacing winner-take-all with a fair voting system: "This speaks to the question of genuine reform versus sort of superficial reform. If we had moderate Republicans elected from the most populous areas of the state and more moderate Democrats coming from central valley and the mountain regions, then you would see a genuine change in the partisan composition of the legislature; because they would be representing people who right now aren’t being represented in the legislature. It would be more genuine reform."
- Posted: September 16, 2011
- Author(s): Monideepa Talukdar, Robert Richie, and Ryan O'Donnell
- Categories: National Popular Vote, Research & Analysis, FairVote, All Reports
This updated analysis (first published in 2007) analyzes two of the three major options available to state leaders interested in reforming how a state allocates its Electoral College votes: the whole number proportional system and congressional district system. It evaluates them on the basis of whether they promote majority rule, make elections more nationally competitive, reduce incentives for partisan machinations and make all votes count equally. Our analysis reveals that both of these methods fail to meet our criteria and fall far short of the National Popular Vote plan, which is the third major option available to reformers.
- Posted: July 30, 2011
- Author(s): The Non-Majority Rule Desk
- Categories: Instant Runoff & Ranked Choice Voting, FairVote
Approval voting is a method of voting to elect single winners that has adherents among some voting theorists, but it is unworkable in contested elections in which voters have a stake in the outcome. Once aware of how approval voting works, strategic voters will always earn a significant advantage over less informed voters. This problem with strategic voting far outweighs any other factor when evaluating the potential use of approval voting in governmental elections - and is also true of range voting, score voting, the Borda Count and Bucklin voting.
- Posted: July 22, 2011
- Author(s): Jo McKeegan, Rob Richie, Right to Vote Blog
- Categories: Right to Vote Amendment, Home, FairVote
Nothing is more fundamental to democracy that a fully protected right to vote. That’s why it belongs in the U.S. Constitution.
That's why we so pleased to share good news. Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. has introduced HJR 28, the Right to Vote amendment. If you want to support HJR 28, you can take action today. Without such a right specifically enumerated in our Constitution, our fundamental voting rights are at risk.
- Posted: July 8, 2011
- Author(s): Neal Suidan
- Categories: National Popular Vote, Reforms, Home, FairVote
Thirteen states have voted for Republicans in every presidential election since 1980: Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. This track record makes them the most consistently safe Republican strongholds in modern presidential politics. In 1988, these states’ turnout barely trailed that of the rest of the country, by 2.56%. But in every election since, these 13 states have fallen further behind. In 2008, their turnout was 6.22% behind the rest of the nation.
Brought in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights by former governor of Puerto Rico Pedro Rossello, Rossello v. United States addresses the lack of a right to cast a ballot and have such ballots counted in national elections for president and Congress by residents of Puerto Rico. Petitioner Rossello has been disenfranchised, along with all other residents of Puerto Rico, despite his American citizenship, based solely on his area of residence within the United States. The case raises larger issues about voting rights for Americans who live in American "colonies" that are not states.
- Posted: July 5, 2011
- Author(s): Jo McKeegan
- Categories: Right to Vote Amendment, Universal Voter Registration, Home, FairVote