by Mike MacNevin // October 23, 2014 //
Brazilians flocked to the polls on October 5, 2014, to vote for their next president. Yet, after all the votes were counted, no one was elected. This blog entry briefly explores the use of runoff elections in Brazil before discussing the growing worldwide movement to repeat Brazil's enfranchisement of 16 and 17 year olds.
by Austin Plier // October 23, 2014 //
As the voting wars continue to be waged in courts across the nation, the case for a constitutional right to vote has never been so strong.
by Claire Daviss // October 22, 2014 //
The 2014 midterm elections are upon us. How will women candidates fair? Using Monopoly Politics 2014 projections, we find that the U.S. House will not move much closer to gender parity in 2014. If this election is indicative of a trend (and it seems to be), Representation 2020 reforms offer a faster path to gender parity.
Ranked choice voting (RCV) ballots are already being cast by some early and absentee voters in the four Bay Area cities holding RCV elections this November. Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, and San Francisco will all be holding RCV elections on November 4th. In light of the upcoming elections, we wanted to share a few facts about ranked choice voting.
by Nathan Nicholson // October 15, 2014 //
Ever imagine it would be a good idea to elect governors with a state-level Electoral College? We tested the idea in Oregon and Pennsylvania and found some remarkable results: only 10 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties and only seven of Oregon’s 37 counties would be in play, and one party could win the governor’s race while losing big in the popular vote. Electing governors by a popular vote respects every vote - and so would enactment of the National Popular Vote plan for president.
by Sarah John // September 26, 2014 //
At the end of an unusual election campaign, New Zealand's Mixed-Member Proportional Representation (MMP) electoral system has delivered Kiwis a strong mandate for the current government, with the first time a single party has won a majority of seats since the nation replaced U.S.-style plurality voting elections with MMP in 1993. The election also demonstrated many of the advantages that such fair representation voting systems have over the single-member plurality systems so often used in American elections.
by Mike MacNevin // September 16, 2014 //
The Scottish electorate will vote Thursday on whether or not to break away from the United Kingdom, a 300 year old union. Will the inclusion of newly enfranchised 16 and 17 year old voters be decisive in declaring Scottish independence?
by Claire Daviss // September 16, 2014 //
Many consider women's success this week in Massachusetts primaries to be a big step toward gender parity. A closer look at Massachusetts reveals there is still a long way to go. Representation 2020's reforms present opportunities.
by Sarah John // September 15, 2014 //
Hot on the heels of electoral reforms last year, small Caribbean island nation Trinidad and Tobago has abandoned plurality voting in favor of runoff voting in its national elections. FairVote is keeping close watch on Trinidad and Tobago, as political parties, legislators and citizens continue to discuss voting systems, including ranked choice voting and fair representation voting, and agitate for reform.
by Nathan Nicholson // September 12, 2014 //
Yes, voters in 146 counties could theoretically elect a president under NPV. Why that’s no problem – and why our current system is much, much worse.