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New Cosponsor of Fair Representation Act: Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee

Posted by Myeisha Boyd on July 26, 2017
New Cosponsor of Fair Representation Act: Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee

The Fair Representation Act (FRA) -- H.R. 3057 continues to gain new Congressional cosponsors. The FRA was introduced on June 26, 2017 by Congressman Don Beyer who serves Virginia’s 8th district representing Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and parts of Fairfax County. Rep. Beyer introduced the FRA because, ‘this bill would ensure that every voter has their voice represented in Congress, and make real progress towards bipartisan focus on getting results for the American people.’

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2017 India Presidential Election

Posted by Myeisha Boyd on July 18, 2017
2017 India Presidential Election

This week, India elects a new President with ranked choice voting (RCV) playing a pivotal role. Although RCV is not used to elect India's main parliament, it has significant uses in the nation's largest democracy, one of the most important is for selecting the president.

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Democrats Choose Fairfax County School Board Candidate with RCV

Posted by Shashank Vura on June 29, 2017
Democrats Choose Fairfax County School Board Candidate with RCV

On Friday, the Fairfax County (Virginia) Democratic Party endorsed its nominee for an upcoming special election to fill an at-large position on the School Board. Democrats winnowed down the broad field of six candidates using ranked choice voting. In the final round, Karen Keys-Gamarra secured 250 out of the 430 votes cast, an outright majority. She now advances to the August 29 general election, where she will face Republican nominee Chris Grisafe.

This comes less than two months after neighboring Arlington County Democrats endorsed nominees for both County Board and School Board using ranked choice voting. The ACDC has used ranked choice voting since 2014, making it one of a number of local and state political parties, such as the Utah Republicans, that are using ranked ballots internally.

 

 

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St. Olaf College to Use Ranked Choice Voting in 2018

Posted by Ethan Fitzgerald on May 09, 2017
St. Olaf College to Use Ranked Choice Voting in 2018

Like voters in nearby Minneapolis and St. Paul and students at more than 50 US schools, Oles can look forward to inclusive, civil campaigns and elections won with majority support and consensus. Tyler Benning, the Student Senate’s Bylaws Chair, noted the excitement: “Multiple Senators spoke to share their general support for RCV, and the proposal passed unanimously.

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Announces Her Retirement

Posted by Drew Penrose on May 02, 2017
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Announces Her Retirement

On May 1st, Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced her retirement. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen is one of only a few remaining cross-over representatives: she represents the most partisan Democratic district represented by a Republican.

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