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Utah House Passes Bipartisan Ranked Choice Voting Bill

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on March 03, 2017
Utah House Passes Bipartisan Ranked Choice Voting Bill

On Friday, March 3rd, 2017, the Utah House voted 59-12 to pass HB 349, a bill that would require the use of ranked choice voting for nearly all Utah elections. Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D) introduced the bill, however it passed out of committee last week with Republican support in an 8-1 vote, and passed the House today with nearly 75% of House Republicans voting in support.

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Rep. Mark Pocan Re-Introduces Right to Vote Amendment

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on February 21, 2017
Rep. Mark Pocan Re-Introduces Right to Vote Amendment

On February 15th, 2017, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-2) re-introduced a bill to amend the U.S. Constitution to explicitly grant all citizens of legal age the right to vote. As of February 21st, the bill had 28 co-sponsors.

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18 States (and Counting) Introduce National Popular Vote Bills

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on January 27, 2017
18 States (and Counting) Introduce National Popular Vote Bills

As of January 27th, 2017, 15 states have introduced legislation to advance a national popular vote for president. The issue has historically been a bi-partisan one--according to National Popular Vote, in 2016 there were 154 Republicans who sponsored the measures and 162 Democrats.

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Conservative Party of Canada Will Cast Ranked Ballots in Leadership Election

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on January 26, 2017
Conservative Party of Canada Will Cast Ranked Ballots in Leadership Election

On May 27, 2017, members of the Conservative Party of Canada will elect new leadership after current leader Stephen Harper tendered his resignation on election night in 2015. In order to ensure a majority winner, party members will each cast a ranked ballot.

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Reform Roundup: January 13th, 2017

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on January 13, 2017
Reform Roundup: January 13th, 2017

Catch up on the week’s electoral reform news with our round up of folks across the country writing and talking about FairVote’s reform vision.

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Reform Roundup: December 22nd, 2016

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on December 22, 2016
Reform Roundup: December 22nd, 2016

Catch up on the week’s electoral reform news with our round up of folks across the country writing and talking about FairVote’s reform vision.

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Ranked Choice Voting on the 2016 Honor Roll

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on December 22, 2016
Ranked Choice Voting on the 2016 Honor Roll

FairVote was excited to see ranked choice voting on John Nichols' 2016 Honor Roll as the "Most Valuable State Electoral Reform," and looking forward to new opportunities in 2017.

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Historically Low Turnout in Louisiana Senate Runoff

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on December 14, 2016
Historically Low Turnout in Louisiana Senate Runoff

Voter turnout in the Louisiana U.S. Senate runoff on December 10th was just 29.2 percent--down from 67.8 percent in the general election--making it one of the lowest-attended U.S. Senate elections in the state in recent years. Legislators should look for ways to expand the use of ranked choice voting to avoid costly, low-turnout elections like the one on December 10th.

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Reform Roundup: November 18th, 2016

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on November 18, 2016
Reform Roundup: November 18th, 2016

Catch up on the week’s electoral reform news with our round up of folks across the country writing and talking about FairVote’s reform vision.

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Non-Majority Outcomes in Senate Races and Presidential Contests

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on November 10, 2016
Non-Majority Outcomes in Senate Races and Presidential Contests

As election 2016 outcomes become clearer and vote totals finalize, we can begin to assess the impact that vote-splitting had on various U.S. Senate races and the presidential contest in states. As the fight for control of the Senate played out, it looks as though six Senate races will be won without a majority of the vote.

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