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In all 50 states, elected officials at some level of government are feverishly engaged in the remarkable exercise of choosing their voters before their voters choose them. Nearly every U.S. House map and the great majority of state legislative maps will be redrawn by partisans, usually with the goal of protecting incumbents, helping friends and hurting political enemies.
On Tuesday, December 21, the U.S. Census released the official population numbers for states from its count earlier this year. The most immediate impact will be on apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this installment of FairVote's Innovative Analysis series, Rob Richie explains how some pundits and journalists have gotten it wrong in their analysis of the partisan impact of the census numbers.
The Board of Supervisors race in District 10 was an unprecedented race in San Francisco’s seven-year history of using ranked choice voting (the first RCV elections took place in 2004). It featured 21 candidates, no incumbent and no obvious front runners. That resulted in an election in which the winning candidate, Malia Cohen, barely edged out the competition in an exceptionally close race.Given the parameters of this race, RCV functioned smoothly to produce a winner that was preferred by the most voters. It fostered a degree of coalition-building as candidates and voters used the ranked ballots effectively, and unlike other races this race was substantially free of negative, mudslinging attacks as the multi-candidate field focused on seeking the second and third rankings from the supporters of other candidates.
- Posted: November 23, 2010
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting/Instant Runoff Voting, Research & Analysis, All Reports
- Posted: November 4, 2010
- Categories: Research & Analysis
Election Day brought big changes this year. Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives decisively, while the Democratic Party narrowly held onto the U.S. Senate. With a majority of the nation’s governors being elected, Republicans made key gains. While the media’s narrative will undoubtedly focus on the winners and losers, our Non-Majority Rule desk will zero in on how plurality voting rules skewed and distorted several elections – and led to some underhanded campaign tactics.
- Posted: June 24, 2010
- Author(s): Patrick Withers, Billy Organek
- Categories: Reforms, Research & Analysis, 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.
- Posted: May 6, 2010
- Author(s): Amanda Naldjieff
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting/Instant Runoff Voting, Europe, Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Research & Analysis, Home, Elections Worldwide
"How Does an "Election" within an Unrecognized State SIgnificantly Affect the International Community?"
- Posted: April 27, 2010
- Author(s): Pauline Lejeune
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting/Instant Runoff Voting, Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Research & Analysis, Home, FairVote
Today, we could not decide on what to order and realizing that we are the voting system experts, we thought it would be great to cast votes before making any decision. Different systems can get different winners and this was a great opportunity to test their fairness and impact.