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New Jersey 17-Year-Old Primary Voting Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on June 28, 2016

A bill that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections (if they will be 18 by the date of the general election) is headed to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's desk after passing the state Senate. Allowing 17 year-olds to vote in primary elections is a simple, common sense expansion of suffrage that helps young voters form voting as a habit early on in life.

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AP Analysis Shows Representation Gap for People of Color in Illinois

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on June 27, 2016

From a voting method perspective, Illinois is particularly interesting, as the state used to elect its legislature using a form of fair representation voting called "cumulative voting" for over 100 years. Given the Illinois state legislature's gridlock and the underrepresentation of racial minority groups in the state, a return to fair representation voting is greatly needed.

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Ontario Municipalities Now Have the Option to Use Ranked Ballots

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on June 09, 2016

On Tuesday, Ontario passed legislation that allows municipalities to used ranked ballots (more commonly known as "ranked choice voting" in the United States) for elections beginning in 2018. Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin stated that policymakers "listened to the calls from voters to ensure that rules for municipal elections reflect the real and evolving needs of our communities."

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Reform Roundup: June 3rd, 2016

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on June 03, 2016
Reform Roundup: June 3rd, 2016

The latest roundup of press covering FairVote's reform vision, including pieces in TIME Magazine, Newsweek, In These Times, and The New York Times.

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Texas Should Pay for One Election Instead of Two

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on May 27, 2016
Texas Should Pay for One Election Instead of Two

On Tuesday, May 24th, voters across the state of Texas were asked to return to the polls for several runoff elections. Turnout was dismal with less than 4 percent and of registered voters participating--a 20.3 percent drop from the primary election that was held on March 1st. Texas should adopt ranked choice voting for primary elections to replace costly, low-turnout runoffs like the one held Tuesday.

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John Oliver Highlights Problematic Aspects of Presidential Primaries and Caucuses

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on May 24, 2016

On HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the host tackled issues related to the presidential primaries and caucuses of both major political parties. The process is governed by party rules that often vary from state to state, and can leave voters feeling left out. Parties, of course, have the right to govern their nomination process however they choose, but there are several ways that the process might be improved to give voters a stronger voice in the process.

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Study Shows Voter Pre-Registration Has Positive Impact on Youth Turnout

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on May 20, 2016

Scholars from Duke University researched the impact of voter pre-registration on turnout among young voters. The scholars found that pre-registration increases the probability that young voters will participate in elections between 2 and 13 percentage points. FairVote was among the first national organizations to originally support the reform, and continues to maintain a set of helpful resources for those who want to learn more.

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This Week's Reform Roundup

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on May 12, 2016
This Week's Reform Roundup

Here is this week’s roundup of folks who have written about FairVote’s reform vision.

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2016 Presidential Primary Voter Turnout Analysis To Date

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Austin Plier on May 06, 2016
2016 Presidential Primary Voter Turnout Analysis To Date

As of May 3rd, 2016, more than 75% states have held either presidential primaries or caucuses. FairVote has compiled the number of votes casts in state primaries for each candidate to this point, as well as the reported number of votes in state caucuses--though caucus numbers are less reliable than primary elections. Here is summary analysis of voter state presidential primary election turnout to this point in the nomination process.

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This Week in Electoral Reform

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on May 04, 2016
This Week in Electoral Reform

Here is this week’s roundup of folks who have written about FairVote’s reform vision.

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