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The 2014 primary season is underway, and voters in eight states have already cast ballots that will determine winners in the 2014 midterm elections. Since 371 congressional districts are safe for one of the major parties, whichever candidate in the majority party wins their party’s nomination in those districts is going to be safely elected in November’s general election. Despite their importance, turnout has been upsettingly low in many of these primaries – sometimes as low at 16% of registered voters. It’s time for us to fix the primaries.
- Posted: May 7, 2014
- Author(s): Andrea Levien, Devin McCarthy, Rob Richie
- Categories: National Popular Vote, Presidential Elections, Home
Following New York’s resounding passage of the National Popular Vote plan to reform the Electoral College, the New York Post editorial team voiced concerns about the reform effort. We want to explain why they got it wrong.
- Posted: May 6, 2014
- Author(s): Drew Spencer
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting/Instant Runoff Voting, Reforms, Home, FairVote
On Tuesday, April 29th, a group of Colorado activists called The Coalition for a New Colorado Election System held a press conference to announce that it has begun collecting signatures for a new approach to election reform. This approach will both open the primaries to independent voters while simultaneously opening the general election to real electoral competition.
- Posted: May 5, 2014
- Author(s): Rais Akbar
- Categories: Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Home, Voting Rights
The Voting Rights Act has been critical for protecting voting rights since its passage in 1965. But as a recent case in Texas shows, preconditions that assume the use of single-member districts prevent the VRA from being used to its full effect.
- Posted: April 30, 2014
- Author(s): Drew Spencer
- Categories: Congressional Elections, Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Events and Awards, Home, FairVote
This past Tuesday, FairVote had the opportunity to present on FairVote’s key reforms to a group of Elderhostelers (now called “Road Scholars”), on winner-take-all, polarization, partisan bias, and the fair voting solution.
- Posted: April 29, 2014
- Author(s): , Matthew Bugajski, Ben Petit, Kevin Werner
- Categories: Asia and Oceania, Home, International Elections, Elections Worldwide
India and Indonesia both held major elections this month. One country uses winner-take-all, the other proportional representation. That choice makes a difference.
- Posted: April 22, 2014
- Categories: Home
- Posted: April 17, 2014
- Author(s): , Dania N. Korkor, Rob Richie
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting/Instant Runoff Voting, Home
The best way to make sure the votes of overseas and military voters will count is for more cities to adopt the ranked choice ballots. This sensible, simple and innovative process protects the voting rights of thousands.