Entries from June, 2012
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- Posted: June 19, 2012
- Author(s): Warren Hays
- Categories: Home, Presidential Elections, Americas, Elections Worldwide
With Mexican voters set to go to the polls on July 1, the country's three-party system combined with its winner-take-all presidential elections create a recipe for popular discontent with no end in sight.
- Posted: June 18, 2012
- Author(s): Rob Richie, Devin McCarthy
- Categories: Home, Presidential Elections, National Popular Vote
James Madison helped to create the Electoral College, but he never supported the way we vote for our presidents today. Find out what Madison would change about our current electoral system.
- Posted: June 15, 2012
- Author(s): Arab Spring Series, Erin Ellis
- Categories: Instant Runoff Voting, Home, Middle East and Africa, Elections Worldwide
On June 14, Egypt's high court disbanded the nation's parliament elected last winter, arguing that the candidates should have run without party affiliation. The ruling makes this weekend's presidential election all the more important, as the president will become the only national government leader who has been elected and will not have a parliament to check his decisions. This blog post analysis thus takes on even greater importance.
- Posted: June 25, 2012
- Author(s): Erin Ellis
- Categories: Middle East and Africa, FairVote, Elections Worldwide
In the aftermath of a military "coup" staged on June 18, the future of Egyptian democracy looks precarious. In retrospect, the situation might have been prevented if Egypt had used proportional representation to elect its parliament in the first place.
Opponents of the National Popular Vote Compact have put forward various legal arguments against the NPVC, including that it violates several provisions of the U.S. Constitution as well as the Voting Rights Act. However, the NPVC is well within the constitutional and legal bounds of state power, and should withstand any legal challenges.
The Constitutionality of the National Popular Vote: Refuting Challenges Based on Article II, Section One
The National Popular Vote plan withstands major constitutional challenges raised by opponents. Particularly, when analyzed in light of McPherson v. Blacker, it is clear that NPV is valid under Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.
We are tracking Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama's public events throughout this campaign season to see what their travel behavior reveals about our voting rules. This post focuses on Mitt Romney's events since April 24, 2012.
- Posted: June 1, 2012
- Author(s): Lindsey Needham, Warren Hays
- Categories: Home, Congressional Elections
This week's primaries in Texas represented the best chance for voters to affect their U.S. House representation prior to the November election. However, voters in most races did not have the chance to cast a meaningful ballot, as ten incumbents didn't face a primary challenger and all but one incumbent won by a landslide.