Shashank Vura

Outreach Intern

Shashank Vura

Shashank is a rising junior majoring in Government and History in the Cornell University College of Arts and Science. Although he was born in Hyderabad, India, he has lived in Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb of Houston, for the past fifteen years. A fanatic about electoral politics, he is extremely passionate about both international and domestic elections to the extent that he likes to consider himself an “amateur psephologist”. In the future, he would like to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector and potentially attend law school thereafter. In his free time, Shashank enjoys biking, reading mystery novels, eating Thai food, and spending time with his miniature schnauzer. Following his outreach internship with FairVote, he will undertake a year of study at St. Anne’s College, Oxford.

Posts by Shashank Vura

Democrats Choose Fairfax County School Board Candidate with RCV

Posted on June 29, 2017

On Friday, the Fairfax County (Virginia) Democratic Party endorsed its nominee for an upcoming special election to fill an at-large position on the School Board. Democrats winnowed down the broad field of six candidates using ranked choice voting. In the final round, Karen Keys-Gamarra secured 250 out of the 430 votes cast, an outright majority. She now advances to the August 29 general election, where she will face Republican nominee Chris Grisafe.

This comes less than two months after neighboring Arlington County Democrats endorsed nominees for both County Board and School Board using ranked choice voting. The ACDC has used ranked choice voting since 2014, making it one of a number of local and state political parties, such as the Utah Republicans, that are using ranked ballots internally.



Massachusetts Democrats Back RCV At State Convention

Posted on June 05, 2017

On Saturday, the Massachusetts Democratic Party adopted a new platform, including an amendment supporting ranked choice voting. This echoes a long history of support for ranked choice voting in the state.

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