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  • Tracking and Reforming Redistricting

    The process of redistricting is highly partisan and often comes at the expense of voters. FairVote has developed a number of new resources regarding redistricting, including:

    • Glossary - An A to Z guide to terms and definitions
    • Litigation - A summary of ongoing lawsuits to redistricting plans and procedures throughout the country
    • Reform Legislation - A report on proposed laws in all fifty states to improve redistricting processes
    • Resource List - A guide and review of the best redistricting resources from around the web
    • News - A compilation of tweets to news stories and opinion by state
    • Alternative Approaches - Drawings of proposed "super districts" for all states used for proportional voting systems
    • Additional Links - FairVote also contributes to Endgerrymandering.com and tweets current redistricting news

     

  • Oscars Modify Nomination Process, Keep Proportional Representation and IRV

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has a long history of using innovative voting methods to select the winners of its annual Academy Awards, recently announced some changes in the way nominations for the sought-after Best Picture award will be determined. The organization announced Tuesday that, beginning next year, a modified system similar to choice voting will be used to select Best Picture nominees.

  • Fixing Broken Presidential Elections with "NPV"

    First detailed in FairVote's 2006 Presidential Elections Inequality report, current state laws allocating electoral votes have a perverse impact on equality in our republic. As a result of our electoral system, the number of competitive states has also dropped recently, indicating that Presidents don't reach out to as many states as before. At the same time, we have a reform available for action: the National Popular Vote plan, which has chalked up new state wins.

  • California Democracy Dreaming

    California's tradition of pace-setting changes in the United States bodes well for reformers. Instant runoff voting (IRV, ranked choice voting) gained more validation in the Bay Area, with a definitive federal court ruling unanimously upholding its legality in San Francisco and a broadly supported "Champion of Democracy" event in in Oakland. The National Popular Vote plan for president earned an easy win in the Assembly and should reach Gov. Jerry Brown's desk this year. The legislature also advanced sensible changes to increase secure access to voting.

  • Vermont to Enter National Popular Vote Agreement

    Vermont's governor Peter Shumlin on April 22 will sign the National Popular Vote plan (NPV) for president, making his state the 8th state (counting Washington, D.C.) to enter this interstate agreement designed to guarantee that the candidate who wins the most votes in all 50 states and DC will become president.

  • Redistricting heats up - and FairVote shows better way

    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.

  • "Arab Spring": Adoption of proportional representation key goal for reformers

    The first months of 2011 will go down in history for the remarkable "Arab Spring" movement for democracy. Nonviolent protests by young men and women have led to a string of dictatorial regimes falling or are tottering, including Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen. Protests have been grounded in a basic drive for democracy and freedom, but as nations turn toward having their first truly democratic elections, the details of how to run fair elections are of immense importance.

     

     

     

  • Instant runoff progress from Hawaii to Maine

    Instant runoff voting (IRV), the ranked choice voting system that upholds majority rule in multi-candidate races, keeps advancing. The Hawaii House of Representatives this week unanimously passed legislation to use IRV in county elections that currently are decided by plurality voting in the wake of controversial, low-plurality victories. Across the nation, the League of Women Voters of Maine, after a multi-year study, endorsed IRV election of candidates in single seat races. Meanwhile, we will see IRV races this year in cities like St. Paul (MN), Telluride (CO), Portland, ME) and San Francisco (CA). The Associated Press this week featured the role of IRV in the wide-open San Francisco race for mayor.

  • National Popular Vote plan: Advances mark 5-year anniversary

     

    Five years ago, on Feb. 23, 2011, FairVote's Rob Richie and John Anderson joined other founders of the National Popular Vote plan for presidential elections for a National Press Club news conference announcing the proposal. Since then, six states (and Washington, D.C) have adopted the plan and nearly a third of state legislative chambers have passed it. More than 2,000 state legislators have voted for it or sponsored it in their states.

     

  • Oscar Stars Back UK's Referendum on IRV

    The British have a chance to reject their U.S.-style electoral system in favor of instant runoff voting (called "the alternative vote", or AV in the United Kingdom). Legislation to establish a May 5th national referendum cleared parliament this week, and polls show IRV can win. Britain has had a large rise in third party voting in recent decades, and IRV is a sensible step toward better accommodating voter choice and avoiding the "spoiler" controversy.