Research Reports

Monopoly Politics 2018

Posted on October 04, 2017
Monopoly Politics 2018

In Monopoly Politics 2018 FairVote explores the extent, causes and remedies to the lack of competition and partisan fairness in U.S. House elections and the increasing polarization of members elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Fair Representation Act Report

Posted on October 04, 2017
Fair Representation Act Report

The Fair Representation Act report outlines how multi-winner ranked choice voting would transform the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Federal Primary Runoff Elections and Voter Turnout Declines, 1994 - 2016

Posted on December 02, 2016
Federal Primary Runoff Elections and Voter Turnout Declines, 1994 - 2016

Federal Primary Election Runoffs and Voter Turnout Decline analyzes turnout data for the 190 primary runoff elections held between 1994 and 2016. The report finds that primary runoff elections are plagued by significant declines in turnout that dilute the representative nature of the system. The report examines the effect of the time delay between elections on turnout decline. Finally, the report recommends alternative runoff systems such as instant runoff voting to eliminate the turnout decline problem while preserving the benefits to representation of runoffs.

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Statewide Election Recounts, 2000-2015

Posted on November 29, 2016
Statewide Election Recounts, 2000-2015

Statewide Election Recounts, 2000 - 2015 examines statewide election recount outcomes and practices in the United States, using data from the decade of elections taking place in the years 2000 to 2015 to determine how often they occur, how often they change outcomes, how much vote totals change and how these figures vary with the size of the electorate.

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Gender Parity on the Eve of the 2016 Election

Posted on November 04, 2016
Gender Parity on the Eve of the 2016 Election

The State of Women's Representation on the Eve of the 2016 Election reflects on America's slow progress toward gender parity in elective office and explores how each state is performing.

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RCV and candidate spending

Posted on October 12, 2016
RCV and Candidate Spending

This report summarizes the preliminary findings of a study into the impact of the introduction of ranked choice voting (RCV) on candidate spending in city elections in the Bay Area of California.

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The Impact of Ranked Choice Voting on Representation

Posted on September 12, 2016
The Impact of Ranked Choice Voting on Representation

This study examines the effect of ranked choice voting (RCV) on women and people of color running for elected office in the California Bay Area. The findings of the study reveal that RCV increases descriptive representation for women, people of color, and women of color. Some reasons for RCV’s positive effects can be related to how often it replaces low, unrepresentative, turnout elections and that it allows for multiple candidates appealing to the same community to run without splitting the vote.

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Monopoly Politics 2016

Posted on August 12, 2016
Monopoly Politics 2016

In Monopoly Politics 2016 FairVote explores the extent, causes and remedies to the lack of competition and partisan fairness in U.S. House elections and the increasing polarization of members elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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