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Los Angelenos Already Preparing for Another Round of Elections

Posted by Kelsey Kober on December 21, 2016
Los Angelenos Already Preparing for Another Round of Elections

As the 2016 election came to a close last month, American voters breathed a sigh of relief that the exhausting campaigns were finally over. However, the citizens of Los Angeles cannot relax just yet -- important elections for the city’s mayor, as well as eight of its 15 city council seats, are rapidly approaching.

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Faithless Electors Fizzle, But Leave Uncertainty

Posted by Drew Penrose on December 21, 2016
Faithless Electors Fizzle, But Leave Uncertainty

On December 19th, each state's electors met and cast their votes for President and Vice President. This year 10 electors attempted to vote for someone else. This is the largest number of "faithless electors" for president in history. But like every other example of electors deviating from their party's nominee, it went off with a fizzle, changing nothing.

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Historically Low Turnout in Louisiana Senate Runoff

Posted by Austin Plier on December 14, 2016
Historically Low Turnout in Louisiana Senate Runoff

Voter turnout in the Louisiana U.S. Senate runoff on December 10th was just 29.2 percent--down from 67.8 percent in the general election--making it one of the lowest-attended U.S. Senate elections in the state in recent years. Legislators should look for ways to expand the use of ranked choice voting to avoid costly, low-turnout elections like the one on December 10th.

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Wisconsin: Another Statewide Recount with Minimal Shifts

Posted by Haley Smith on December 13, 2016

Nearly two weeks after it started, Wisconsin’s presidential recount is complete. The recount, which was requested by Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein and independent candidate Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente ahead of Wisconsin’s November 25th filing deadline, yielded a small vote gain (131 votes of the nearly 2.8 million cast) for president-elect Donald Trump.

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