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Young voters hold the key to the future of the country and are an important part of the electorate. Just like every other age group, they are frustrated with political officials. Yet despite this frustration, there has been a slight increase in youth voter turnout over the past few years. Even with the increase in turnout, young voters still vote at a lesser rate than voters of other age groups. It is a problem that needs to be addressed because the strength of our democracy depends on all voters participating.
Following up on our recent article in Politico, we share our thoughts about the 2012 Republican National Convention, a few points about Rule 38's unit rule and its implication on delegates' voting methods, and finally, our response to critics who say we have misinterpreted the rules.
- Posted: December 1, 2011
- Author(s): Presidential Tracker, Katie P. Kelly
- Categories: Presidential Tracker, Home, National Popular Vote
Tracking the president's events and visits doesn't produce surprises considering the electoral system under which he operates, but it does provide insight into the inadequacies of our current structure -- affirming that the rules have a direct correlation on the outcomes.
- Posted: November 23, 2011
- Author(s): Hüseyin Koyuncu
- Categories: Home, Europe, International Elections
Francois Hollande, the so-called “Mr. Normal” of French politics, will now represent the Socialist party in the April 2012 general election as his party seeks to unseat incumbent first-term president Nicolas Sarkozy. The party’s most critical challenge will be to unite behind its official candidate, lest bitter feelings and ideological squabbling endanger the party’s chances against Sarkozy. Those focused on electoral process are particularly interested in how Hollande won France's first-ever national primary to pick a major party nominee
- Posted: November 16, 2011
- Author(s): Dorothy Scheeline, Rob Richie
- Categories: Instant Runoff Voting, Home
What shouldn’t be missed in the fray of post-election coverage in Maine is the glorious five minutes of pure democratic spirit that everyone experienced when the round-by-results results of the first ranked choice voting election for Portland's mayor were presented before everyone's eyes. In what other instance would you have every single candidate in the race, their supporters, the media, community members that were just curious, all in one room, waiting to hear the results? For those five minutes, there wasn't any politicking, just democracy in action.
- Posted: November 11, 2011
- Categories: Home
Many Americans had a chance to vote in state and local elections on November 8. FairVote was particularly focused on the first-ever use of ranked choice voting (RCV) in Maine's biggest city of Portland, along with RCV elections in St. Paul (MN), San Francisco (CA), Cambridge (MA), Telluride (CO) and Takoma Park (MD). The news from these elections was extremely promising for reform advocates. Voters and election officials handled the system well, and more than two candidates were able to run without talk of "spoilers."
We remain concerned about voter turnout decline in many elections and low numbers of contested races. We see winner-take-all rules as increasingly locking voters into one-party, no-contest boxes. Fair voting methods of proportional voting are necessary to provide meaningful choices and fair representation in our legislative elections.
Here are links:
- Portland: TV (Ranked Choice Voting a Success) & Press-Herald:(Ranked Choice Voting a Winner)
- FairVote's Portland Spotlight & Dorothy Does Democracy
- San Francisco: SFBetterElections.com & SF Voters Effectively Used Ranked Choice Voting
- Visuals for 2011 RCV Election Results: Round-by-Round Breakdown
- FairVote Minnesota on St. Paul: Ranked Choice Voting a Winner
- News Coverage of Telluride Mayoral Race: RCV works
- Elise Helgesen on Choice Voting Elections in Cambridge
- Christina Grier on Voter Turnout in 2011
- Rob Richie and Jamie Raskin on Fair Voting Plan for Maryland
- Virginia State Legislative Elections: Update to Dubious Democracy
FairVote often writes about ranked choice voting elections as they happen – indeed six cities voted with a ranked ballot this week. However, the history of choice voting in Cambridge, Massachusetts tells the tale of an American city that has successfully used this form of proportional voting to elect its city council and school committee officials for decades. Here are the recent election results for the city council and school committee races.
Tuesday November 8 was Election Day in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia. Despite holding elections for both houses of the state legislature in New Jersey, Mississippi and Virginia and gubernatorial races in Kentucky and Mississippi, voter turnout was low, continuing the nation-wide pattern that was seen in other states who have held elections already this fall.
- Posted: November 9, 2011
- Categories: Instant Runoff 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: November 8, 2011
- Author(s): Christina Grier
- Categories: Home, Reforms, Universal Voter Registration
The electoral reform organization Why Tuesday? held a conference on November 7 to address existing voting barriers, and offered solutions on how to fix an electoral system that is still functioning under 20th century guidelines. Panelists presented information on issues such as restrictive voter ID laws, voter fraud, and ways to modernize the registration process.