Posted on June 20, 2017
With the upcoming launch of the Fair Representation Act, legislation in Congress to change winner-take-all elections, in the coming week we will examine the state of representation of people of color in the current Congress and how it might change with enactment of the Fair Representation Act. We will start with a focus on African Americans in the South – the region of the country where most African Americans live.
Posted on April 06, 2017
On April 4, Peoria, Illinois filled two city council vacancies using cumulative voting. Incumbent Sid Ruckriegel (who was appointed to fill the seat on an interim basis in 2015) and newcomer Zach Oyler were elected and will serve until 2019. Ruckriegel and Oyler were elected citywide by the use of cumulative voting, which is used in more than 50 local jurisdictions across the United States.
Posted on March 16, 2017
Voter turnout in many city elections is hitting all-time lows. There is no single reason for such declines, evidence strongly suggests ranked choice voting (RCV) does not lead to lower turnout despite some claims to the contrary. Indeed, adoption of RCV has allowed cities to avoid primary and runoff elections that almost always had far lower turnout than the general election.