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Explaining Moonlight's Surprise Oscar Win

Posted by Rob Richie on February 27, 2017
Explaining Moonlight's Surprise Oscar Win

Last night, the steadfast viewers seeing the Oscar telecast to the end experienced a shocking moment: "La La Land" was wrongly read as the Best Picture winner, only to soon be corrected with the actual winner, Moonlight. But what we really can productively learn relates to the virtues of the ranked choice voting ('instant runoff") system used by the Academy since 2009 to elect Best Picture.

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DNC Chair Will Need Majority, Like an Instant Runoff

Posted by Rob Richie on February 20, 2017
DNC Chair Will Need Majority, Like an Instant Runoff

It's the final week in the highly competitive race to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee. As people gear up for the Saturday vote, keep in mind that with 10 candidates, it's highly unlikely that anybody will earn a majority of the initial vote. Instead, in what amounts to a series of runoffs, the winner will ultimately be the candidate who represents a majority of voters.

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House Committee Votes to Eliminate Agency Tasked With Improving Elections

Posted by Chris Hughes on February 10, 2017
House Committee Votes to Eliminate Agency Tasked With Improving Elections

The House Committee on Administration voted this week to advance H.R. 634, the Election Assistance Commission Termination Act, to consideration by Congress. The bill proposes eliminating the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), which was set up in the wake of the 2000 election when ballot design and machine flaws in Florida delayed results and famously led to the Supreme Court stepping in to halt recounts in the state.

The EAC was designed to safeguard against these sorts of catastrophic failures in the infrastructure of our democracy, by gathering election administration best practices from across the nation, setting standards for election equipment, and serving as a gathering point for election administrators from all corners of the United States. This past election season the EAC served a central role in providing cybersecurity support to election administrators across the country, in the wake of the hacking of the DNC and voter registration systems in Illinois and Arizona. If the EAC is eliminated, its responsibilities will be reassigned to the Federal Elections Commission and the Office of Management and Budget.

FairVote and the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center submitted a letter to the Committee, urging its nine members to vote against the bill. Now that it has passed out of committee, the bill will travel to the House floor for debate and a vote.

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FEC Ordered to Scrutinize Presidential Debate Rules

Posted by Maya Efrati on February 03, 2017
FEC Ordered to Scrutinize Presidential Debate Rules

When America goes to the polls to choose a new president every four years, the Presidential Debates are a key way that citizens learn about the candidates and decide who to support. Unfortunately, the Commission on Presidential Debates (the CPD) has long excluded

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London, Ontario Considering RCV for Local Elections

Posted by Paul Murphy on February 02, 2017
London, Ontario Considering RCV for Local Elections

While Canada’s federal government abandons its electoral reform promises before the 2019 federal general elections, one city in the country’s most populated province is considering implementing a new voting system that would benefit all of its citizens.

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Madigan Again

Posted by Shane Wade on February 01, 2017
Madigan Again

Rep. Madigan’s re-election makes him the longest-serving House speaker in any state in modern American history despite being massively unpopular.

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