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  • October 17th Update on Presidential Visits and Spending

    With three weeks to go until Election Day, the Presidential candidates are narrowing down the list of states where they are focusing resources and time; and, in what should be no surprise, Ohio is now the most-visited state, and Florida and Pennsylvania lead the pack the campaign ad spending. Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania were also the three most important states in 2004, when the conventional wisdom-- and ultimately correct assessment -- was that the candidate winning at least two of those states would take the White House.

  • The Swing States of America

    As the presidential campaigns enter their final four weeks, it is clear that, just as in the 2004 presidential campaign, they are focusing their attention solely on a declining number of battleground states. The non-partisan organization FairVote is maintaining a daily tracker of visits to states by the four major party nominees since September 5, the first day after the Republican national convention. This data will be used to follow up FairVote's groundbreaking 2006 report Presidential Election Inequality about our nation's shrinking battleground in presidential elections.

  • New Study: Colorado Officials Not Prepared for Anticipated Turnout

    Voters in Colorado could experience Election Day problems because of lack of preparation and uniformity, according to a report released today by nonpartisan election reform and voting rights advocacy group, FairVote. 

  • E-Newsletter September 18, 2008

  • New Study: New Mexico Leads in On-Campus Polls, Equipment Uniformity

    New Mexico has uniform voting equipment and sufficient on-campus polling locations for students, but voters may experience problems on Election Day because of inconsistent poll booth allocation, according to a report released today by FairVote, a nonpartisan advocacy group. 

  • New Study: Missouri May Experience Long Lines on Election Day

    • Posted: August 27, 2008
    • Categories: FairVote

    Not all Missouri election officials may be prepared for the anticipated high voter turnout in November’s presidential election, according to a report released today by nonpartisan advocacy group, FairVote. 

  • Students use Instant Runoff Voting at U.S. Universities

    • Posted: July 9, 2008
    • Categories: FairVote

    Instant runoff voting (IRV) has been gaining momentum among universities as the preferred mechanism for student elections. Already used by more than half of the nation's top thirty universities for student government elections on campus (based on rankings by U.S. News and World Report), the voting system has been adopted by students for their elections in more than forty colleges and universities nationwide.

  • Legislature Debates Extending Instant Runoff Pilot

    • Posted: June 30, 2008
    • Categories: FairVote

    On July 2nd, the North Carolina House standing committee on Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform will consider legislation that would extend the 2006-2007 pilot program allowing cities and counties to try out instant runoff voting. Those expecting to testify in favor of the proposal include leaders of Democracy North Carolina, FairVote North Carolina and the North Carolina  League of Women Voters.

  • What If They Had a Runoff and Nobody Came?

    On June 24th election workers had a lonely experience in polling places in North Carolina such a precinct in New Hanover that recorded one vote. After unusually high voter turnout in the May 6 primary timed with the presidential primary, last Tuesday’s runoff elections beat the record of the lowest turnout ever in North Carolina. Turnout for the runoff for the Democratic State Labor Commissioner nomination was less than 2%, dropping to 0.8% in Mecklenburg where the election cost more than $120 per voter. Statewide the Labor Commissioner runoff cost between 3.5 million and 5 million dollars to counties. 

  • Why Two Elections When One Can Do?

    • Posted: June 25, 2008
    • Categories: FairVote

    South Carolina voters – or at least handfuls of them – went to the polls on June 24th for runoff elections in 11 state legislative elections two weeks after the June 10th initial round. In the district number 4 democratic runoff for State House of Representatives, Paul Corden won a majority with fewer than 7,800 votes after falling short of a majority in early June with 14,968 votes. Overall, turnout declined by more than 48% in his runoff, and declined by at least 20% in nine other runoffs for state office held by Republicans and Democrats. South Carolina taxpayers likely spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on these runoffs; North Carolina’s statewide runoff the same day (one drawing turnout of less than 2% of registered voters) cost $5 million.