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Magic Numbers: Small Vote Shifts in Key States Could Have Altered Electoral College Outcomes

Posted on What's New by Andrea Levien, Theodore Landsman on January 13, 2017
Magic Numbers: Small Vote Shifts in Key States Can Alter Electoral College Outcomes

One commonly cited benefit of the Electoral College is that, even when the national popular vote for president is close, it creates a decisive victory for one candidate or the other. However, these "decisive" victories are often more tenuous than they seem. There are plenty of elections in which slight vote shifts in key states would have changed the winner of the Electoral College vote.

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The State of Women's Representation 2013-2014

Posted on Research Reports by Andrea Levien on June 13, 2014

The State of Women's Representation 2013-2014 is a report by FairVote's Representation 2020 project. It is the first in a series of annual reports leading to the year 2020, the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment. It summarizes and analyzes women’s representation in elected office, and monitors progress for each of the six areas of our 2020 Pledge. It also establishes Representation 2020's unique Parity Index, which measures the level of women's representation in each state. As we will show, while some progress is being made in getting more women elected to public office, the progress is slow and could benefit from Representation 2020's key reforms. 

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The Role of Cities in National Popular Vote Elections

Posted on Research Reports by Andrea Levien on June 13, 2014

In debating options for reforming presidential elections in the United States, the most promising alternative to the status quo is the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV). But even though we use popular vote elections to select every member of Congress and all 50 governors, some NPV skeptics warn that its adoption would have a partisan impact on presidential elections. They fear that Democrats could increase their national vote totals by focusing resources on major metropolitan areas, while Republicans could achieve similar gains only by spreading their resources across more geographically dispersed, non-urban areas. This report challenges this argument in three ways. 

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NY Post Should Reconsider Its Views on National Popular Vote

Posted on What's New by Andrea Levien on May 07, 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.

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How the 2012 Presidential Election Has Strengthened the Movement for the National Popular Vote Plan

Posted on Research Reports by Andrea Levien on May 02, 2014

This article, published in the June 2013 edition of Presidential Studies Quarterly, surveys the inequality in campaign resource allocation during the 2012 presidential election and demonstrates that this inequality is unlikely to dissipate unless more states enact the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. 

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New York Says Yes to Fair Presidential Elections

Posted on What's New by Andrea Levien on April 16, 2014

New York's passage of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact leaves us 61% of the way to presidential elections in which every vote is equal.

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Big New York Win for National Popular Vote Drive to Reform (Not Abolish!) Electoral College

Posted on What's New by Andrea Levien on April 04, 2014

With resounding wins in both chambers of the New York State Legislature, the National Popular Vote movement has further demonstrated its strong bipartisan support.

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Would Frank Underwood still have been in office in 2013? No, probably not.

Posted on What's New by Andrea Levien on February 27, 2014

Netflix's House of Cards can leave viewers with a lot of questions. One we've been asking at FairVote is, "How on earth is Frank Underwood, a white Southern Democrat, still in office in 2013?"

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The Role of Cities in National Popular Vote Elections

Posted on Research Reports by Andrea Levien on February 12, 2014

This report challenges the argument that a national popular vote for president would advantage Democratic or urban voters in three ways. First, we demonstrate that urban areas, when properly defined as metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), lean only modestly toward the Democratic Party. 

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Pennsylvania's Proportional Electoral Vote Allocation Proposal: A Nationwide Analysis

Posted on Research Reports by Andrea Levien on July 24, 2013

FairVote's analysis shows that Pennsylvania state Sen. Dominic Pileggi's proportional electoral vote allocation plan would do little to make presidential elections fairer if implemented nationally.

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