by Anthony Ramicone // May 21, 2014 //
In India's election of the 16th Lok Sabha, the BJP appeared to win a landslide victory, winning a majority of seats. In reality, India's winner-take-all system generated significant disproportionality, artificially inflating BJP's mandate.
by Drew Spencer // May 20, 2014 //
FairVote has just submitted written testimony to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration arguing for a fairer approach to accommodating the needs of deployed military and overseas voters.
by Anthony Ramicone // May 20, 2014 //
South Africa's fifth general election since the end of the apartheid era brought another victory for the ruling ANC, but their support has been wavering. The proportional representation system, originally advocated by Mandela, has brought proportional outcomes to South African elections.
by , Ben Petit // May 15, 2014 //
In a highly competitive election that brought over 8 thousand voters to the polls, students at UCLA used ranked choice voting (RCV) to elect student government officials last week. With 30 candidates vying for 13 offices, these elections showed that ranked choice voting can help students to elect officers that represent a broad range of voices in a large and diverse community.
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.