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  • FairVote on Election 2009: Pundits Rush to Errant Judgment

    Rob Richie, elections expert and executive director of the nonpartisan elections think tank FairVote, warned pundits and prognosticators to think twice about their analysis of Tuesday's elections and their relevance to the national mood. "Just as Democratic successes in gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia in 2001 in no way predicted the GOP-dominated electoral outcomes in federal elections in 2002 and 2004, we should be skeptical that last night's Republican victories in those states will have any meaning beyond themselves," said Richie. 

  • E-Newsletter October 29, 2009


    • Better Elections on the Ballot on November 3rd
    • IRV in Major Media, New Movement in Massachusetts
    • California Pre-registration Victory and Progress on Fair Access in the U.S. House
    • Fair Representation: New congressional legislation, state reform drive and voting rights win
      • DC Council Approves Landmark Election Reform Legislation

        • Posted: October 9, 2009
        • Categories: FairVote

        The Washington D.C. City Council unanimously approved the Omnibus Election Reform Act of 2009 on Tuesday. If given final approval at the council's next meeting (scheduled next month), this landmark piece of legislation will usher in a wave of significant improvements to the District's voting and registration rules to bring more residents into the political process, and will commission a study of automatic voter registration--in which all eligible voters in the District would be automatically registered to vote. 

      • E-Newsletter September 30, 2009


        • A Big Month for IRV
        • A World of Fair Representation
        • Advances for Voting Rights in DC and NC
        • National Recognition for Transparent Elections
      • Special Edition: The Many Faces of Reform

        • Posted: September 15, 2009
        • Categories: FairVote

        Today we take a break from our typical Innovative Analysis to explain why we see these writings as important, highlighting recent examples of their influence - and ask you to share your ideas with us.

      • Blagojevich "Tell-All" Book Shows You Can't Play Appointment Games in U.S. House Elections

        • Posted: September 1, 2009
        • Categories: FairVote

        In previews of a new tell-all book by Rod Blagojevich, the disgraced former Illinois governor explains his version of the political machinations behind the filling of the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Obama. Blagojevich claims that his original intent for filling the Senate seat blatantly revolved around pursuing "pet projects" favored by the governor--appointing someone who would best represent the people of Illinois was nowhere in the calculation. Blagojevich also alleges that current White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel asked him to appoint a temporary "placeholder" U.S. Representative to his congressional seat, according to an August 31 Associated Press story by Deanna Bellandi. 

      • Motion Picture Academy Adopts Instant Runoff Voting for Best Picture

        The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science announced this week that it will use instant runoff voting to choose its honoree for Best Picture, ensuring that the most celebrated movie of the year is one with strong support among Academy members. Used by the Academy in Best Picture voting before 1945, which was the last time ten pictures were nominated,instant runoff voting (IRV) is a system in which voters rank their preferences in order of choice. The nominee with the fewest votes is eliminated, and ballots cast for that film are moved to voter's next choice among the remaining films. The process continues until one film has more than half the votes and is declared Best Picture of the Year.

      • E-Newsletter August 31, 2009


        • Democracy in Senatorial Succession
        • Better Voting on the Ballot
        • FairVote Reports and Testimony: Fixing the Primaries, Audited Elections
      • If You Proportionally Allocate, They Will Come

        Turnout between the major parties for the 2008 presidential nomination cycle was disparate, to say the least. Democratic turnout nearly doubled those of the Republicans over all, and nearly tripled the Republicans’ turnout post-Super Tuesday, February 5th. 

      • Major Editorials: Let Voters Choose Massachusetts' Senators

        • Posted: August 25, 2009
        • Categories: FairVote

        Prominent publications and political leaders in Massachusetts and across the country have joined FairVote in opposing a proposed change to Massachusetts law that would allow for the appointment of U.S. Senators in the case of a vacancy. Massachusetts is one of five states that requires a special election to fill vacancies in the U.S. Senate, but last week Sen. Edward Kennedy asked the governor and legislature of Massachusetts to amend that law so that if Sen. Kennedy should need to vacate his seat, a gubernatorial appointment could be made to immediately replace him.