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  • Maryland Passes Youth Voter Pre-registration

    The Maryland General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to make their state the fifth to set a uniform voter registration age of 16-years-old.

  • National Popular Vote Gains Momentum

    A series of new endorsements for the National Popular Vote Plan shows a growing desire to change our outdated system for electing the president.

  • New York Times' Thomas Friedman proposes IRV & Redistricting Reform

    Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on March 24th endorsed innovations to empower new voices in American politics.

  • Port Chester Will Use New Voting System

    On June 15th, 2010 the Village of Port Chester, New York will become the first community in the state to elect its’ representative body through a semi-proportional system of elections known as “cumulative voting”. The village’s six seat Board of Trustees, as in the past, will be elected through an at-large election. Through cumulative voting, voters continue to have the same number of votes as seats, but will now have the freedom to distribute their votes as they please, including casting more than one vote for a favorite candidate.

  • Port Chester will use Cumulative Voting

    • Posted: March 9, 2010
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    On June 15th the village of Port Chester, NY will become the first community in the state to elect its representative body through a semi-proportional system of elections known as “cumulative voting.” 

  • Pennsylvania Committee Backs FairVote Reform

    A Pennsylvania legislative committee backed a bill that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they will be eligible to vote in the general election.

  • FairVote Signs Voting Equipment Letter

    Last week, FairVote signed onto a letter to the Department of Justice advising against allowing the largest voting equipment vendor, ES&S, from buying its next largest competitor, Diebold's Premier Elections Solutions, Inc. FairVote has been a long-time supporter of transparency and accountability in the voting equipment industry and believes that states and municipalities should have a "public option" for purchasing equipment. FairVote allies Common Cause and the Advancement Project were among the signatories to the letter.

  • Major Instant Runoff Progress

    The British House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly (365 to 187) to give voters a chance to adopt instant runoff voting. If approved in the House of Lords, it would be its first national referendum since the 1970s. In the United States, the major media is more focused on how using IRV may affect the Oscar vote for "Best Picture" even as Berkeley became the third new city this year to commit to using IRV in November and a series of low-plurality wins in Illinois primaries (including 20.3% in the GOP gubernatorial race) suggest President Obama was right in 2002 to propose IRV for Illinois primary elections.

  • Portland Charter Commission Recommends IRV

    This November, the voters of Portland (ME) will get the chance to decide if they would like to use instant runoff voting to elect their mayor, after a special Charter Commission recommended IRV by an overwhelming margin of 9 to 1. Eight elections since 2004 have yielded only plurality winners who have taken office with less than 48% of the vote. If Portland enacts IRV, the voters of Portland will begin ensuring majority-supported winners beginning in 2012.
  • IRV on its Way to San Leandro

    The city of San Leandro (CA) will join its fellow Bay Area cities Oakland and San Francisco in adopting instant runoff voting. On January 19, the San Leandro city council voted 5-2 in favor of IRV, in keeping with a 2000 advisory election in which 66% of voters declared that they wanted IRV as an option to make sure office holders were elected by majority. The nearby city of Berkeley looks to be next.