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Nominating contests for congressional and gubernatorial races often attract many candidates running to be the nominee for their respective party. When more than two candidates compete under a plurality voting system, elections can be won with only a minority percent of the vote and top contenders or ‘spoilers’ can end up splitting the vote, handing the election to a weak nominee.
The August 3rd primary in Michigan had several competitive races. In nomination contests for 15 U.S. House seats and the governor’s race, six of the winners will advance despite falling short of a majority of the vote in the primary.
- Posted: June 24, 2010
- Author(s): Patrick Withers, Billy Organek
- Categories: Research & Analysis, Reforms, All Reports
FairVote's most recent review of redistricting reform in the states in 2009-2010 presents a mix of optimism and frustration for supporters of redistricting in the public interest rather than in the best interest of the political duopoly.
On Thursday, FairVote released its newest report on redistricting reform efforts in the fifty states over the past legislative session. Titled “Redistricting Reform in the States: June 2010,” this report systematically reports on every redistricting bill introduced in the state legislatures this term and whether they passed, failed, or are still in committee.
- Posted: March 15, 2010
- Author(s): Geoffrey Porter
- Categories: Research & Analysis, Home, Reforms, All Reports
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and nine states filed a Lawsuit against Election Systems and Software (ES&S), the largest supplier of voting machines in the U.S., in response to the purchase, last year, of its biggest competitor, Premier Election Solutions.
- Posted: February 26, 2010
- Author(s): Pauline Lejeune
- Categories: Home, Learning Democracy, Reforms, Universal Voter Registration, FairVote
Yesterday, the Maryland Senate Education, Health & Environmental Committee held a public hearing on several election bills. FairVote’s Right to Vote Director Adam Fogel testified in favor of two of the bills that are sponsored by Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-20):
- SB 292, which will set a uniform voter registration age of 16
- SB 293, which will establish a permanent absentee ballot list.