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Utah House Passes Bipartisan Ranked Choice Voting Bill

Posted by Austin Plier on March 03, 2017
Utah House Passes Bipartisan Ranked Choice Voting Bill

On Friday, March 3rd, 2017, the Utah House voted 59-12 to pass HB 349, a bill that would require the use of ranked choice voting for nearly all Utah elections. Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D) introduced the bill, however it passed out of committee last week with Republican support in an 8-1 vote, and passed the House today with nearly 75% of House Republicans voting in support.

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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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