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As the nation eagerly followed the incoming results of the Presidential election on Tuesday, we at FairVote also kept a keen eye on the results of a handful of electoral reform ballot measures, including Arizona's vote on Proposition 121, the Top Two primary law. We were concerned about the impact that this proposed form of Top Two might have in Arizona. But Prop 121's defeat became apparent early in the evening, with over two-thirds of Arizona voting against it.
- Posted: November 8, 2012
- Author(s): Elizabeth Hudler, Rob Richie
- Categories: Reforms, Right to Vote Amendment, Home, FairVote
With our pledge to Stand with Voters FairVote asserts that it's time to fight for democratic principle over partisan politicking. Promoting and protecting our representative democracy is far more important than seeking short-term advantage in electoral rules.
It's Monday, November 5: one day to Election Day, the culmination of a presidential election marathon that started well before the Iowa caucuses last January. We obviously hope every eligible voter on this list participates -- and joins us in a lasting commitment to the right to vote by participating in our Promote Our Vote campaign, building a movement to establish an affirmative right to vote in the Constitution, grounded in local efforts to protect voting rights and boost participation.
- Posted: November 3, 2012
- Author(s): Devin McCarthy, Rob Richie
- Categories: Congressional Elections, Home
These are the races that prominent election forecasters might get wrong by underestimating the importance of district partisanship in determining the outcome of congressional elections. See what FairVote's partisanship-based analysis predicts.
- Posted: October 25, 2012
- Author(s): Drew Spencer
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting/Instant Runoff Voting, Home
The Top Two primary system has drawn increasing attention as a way to reform our elections. Instead of conducting ordinary partisan primaries, Top Two jurisdictions run an open preliminary in which all candidates run against each other irrespective of party label. Then, the two candidates who receive the most votes run against each other again in the general election. In a new report, FairVote takes a "just the facts" approach to how Top Two has operated in Washington State since 2008.
We're in the final two weeks of the election, and there's a lot going on in states across the nation as we approach a hugely important election. News from FairVote includes: Krist live on CSPAN, fairvoting.us, Electoral Dysfunction...
- Posted: October 18, 2012
- Author(s): Sara Helmi, Devin McCarthy
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting/Instant Runoff Voting, Europe, International Elections, Home, Elections Worldwide
As the results of Russia's October 14 local elections show, the rumors of United Russia's death have been greatly exaggerated. But did Vladimir Putin's party manipulate Russia's electoral laws to keep power?