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MetroGreater Contest Uses RCV to Improve the DC Metro

Posted by Ben Fogarty on August 17, 2016
MetroGreater Contest Uses RCV to Improve the DC Metro

Greater Greater Washington and the Coalition for Smarter Growth are currently using ranked choice voting to determine the winner of their MetroGreater contest. This contest invited the public to submit small, low-cost ideas for improving riders’ experiences on the Washington DC Metro system.

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Upcoming Supreme Court Case to Tackle Virginia Race-Based Redistricting Criteria

Posted by Chris Hughes on August 17, 2016
Upcoming Supreme Court Case to Tackle Virginia Race-Based Redistricting Criteria

Earlier this summer the Supreme Court agreed to review Bethune Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, a case challenging the use of race in the 2011 redistricting of Virginia’s 100-seat House of Delegates. Virginia claimed to be trying to comply with the Voting Rights Act, by insisting that certain districts had to have at least 55% black voting age population. However, as redistricting experts like Justin Levitt have pointed out, this approach is a bad caricature of what the Voting Rights Act requires

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Courts Rule Against Discriminatory Voter ID Laws

Posted by Samantha Washington on August 11, 2016
Courts Rule Against Discriminatory Voter ID Laws

Restrictive voter ID laws are being challenged across the country. Courts in Wisconsin and North Carolina have struck down strict requirements for what can be used as a valid form of identification at the polls. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most conservative courts in the country, also ruled that Texas’ voter ID requirements were discriminatory and ordered a lower court to come up with a provision to the law ameliorating the problem in time for the November election.

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Illinois Expands Voting Rights for 17-year-olds

Posted by Ben Fogarty on August 09, 2016
Illinois Expands Voting Rights for 17-year-olds

Illinois state lawmakers took a step towards making their elections more inclusive by expanding the political rights of 17-year-olds. HB 6167, which was signed into law on August 5, 2016, grants 17-year-olds who will turn 18 before the next general election the ability to sign and circulate petitions, pre-register to vote, and help register other eligible citizens to vote.

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Civility in RCV elections in Berkeley

Posted by Jeremy Seitz-brown on August 05, 2016
Civility in RCV elections in Berkeley

Two candidates in the Berkeley, California, mayoral race are working together and urging their supporters to rank the other candidate second, providing yet another example of ranked choice voting elections’ ability to incentivize civility.

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Low turnout in Georgia's expensive primary runoffs highlight need for RCV

Posted by Michael Patison on July 27, 2016
Low turnout in Georgia's expensive primary runoffs highlight need for RCV

On July 26th, a handful of Georgians went to the polls to vote in runoff primary elections. Ranked choice voting, in which voters rank the candidates in order of preference, would eliminate the need for costly, unexciting runoffs since the runoff process is already built into the ballot-counting process. Additionally, because turnout is higher in the primary, we can ensure the voices of more people are heard when choosing the party nominee.

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