by Andrea Levien // May 7, 2014 //
Following New York’s resounding passage of the National Popular Vote plan to reform the Electoral College, the New York Post editorial team voiced concerns about the reform effort. We want to explain why they got it wrong.
by Drew Spencer // May 6, 2014 //
On Tuesday, April 29th, a group of Colorado activists called The Coalition for a New Colorado Election System held a press conference to announce that it has begun collecting signatures for a new approach to election reform. This approach will both open the primaries to independent voters while simultaneously opening the general election to real electoral competition.
by Rais Akbar // May 5, 2014 //
The Voting Rights Act has been critical for protecting voting rights since its passage in 1965. But as a recent case in Texas shows, preconditions that assume the use of single-member districts prevent the VRA from being used to its full effect.
by Ben Petit // May 2, 2014 //
Earlier this year Oregon State University decided to switch to ranked choice voting in hopes to boost turnout, increase participation, and ensure the winning candidate has support from a broad base of voters. The result was a doubling of voter turnout in comparison to last year's general election, more inclusive campaigns, and a widely supported president-elect. It's clear Oregon State reached, and even surpassed, its goals for RCV.
by Drew Spencer // April 30, 2014 //
This past Tuesday, FairVote had the opportunity to present on FairVote’s key reforms to a group of Elderhostelers (now called “Road Scholars”), on winner-take-all, polarization, partisan bias, and the fair voting solution.
by Matthew Bugajski // April 29, 2014 //
An explicit right to vote in the U.S. Constitution would prevent future debates over voter ID law.
India and Indonesia both held major elections this month. One country uses winner-take-all, the other proportional representation. That choice makes a difference.
by Ben Petit // April 28, 2014 //
Humboldt State University adopted ranked choice voting for student elections in 2013. Last week ranked choice voting was used for the first time to elect a new student body president.
Behind the Scenes of Muriel Bowser’s Primary Victory: The Good, the Bad, and the Ranked Choice Voting Solution in Washington, D.C.by Dania N. Korkor, // April 23, 2014 //
As the returns poured in from precincts around the District of Columbia on April 1st, it became increasingly clear that the Democratic mayoral primary had evolved from a fractured field to a race primarily between two candidates. If D.C. adopted ranked choice voting (RCV), its elections would not force voters to pick between two “viable” candidates and instead would let them vote their consciences.
by Matthew Bugajski // April 23, 2014 //
State legislatures around the country face the same growing problems of partisanship and polarization as the House of Representatives.