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Vermont Governor Signs Automatic Voter Registration into Law

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

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an automatic voter registration bill into law on Thursday, April 28th, making Vermont the fourth state to pass such a law. The bill could add up to 50,000 new voters to the rolls over the course of its first four years in effect. The bill was proposed by former FairVote employee Rep. Christopher Pearson, and received overwhelming all-partisan support in the Vermont Legislature.

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Georgia Special Election Runoff Garners 6% Voter Turnout

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

Carl Gilliard won a special runoff election for House District 162 of Georgia's State House. Only about 6% of the 23,000 registered voters across 19 precincts showed up to vote in the runoff election. Georgia should adopt ranked choice voting--also known as "instant runoff voting"--for situations as these. This would allow the state to save money by avoiding the costs associated with a runoff, and maximize turnout in one election, while still achieving the same democratic results.

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Kansas Officials Already Gearing Up for 2022 Redistricting

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

Kansas lawmakers will not redraw the state's congressional and legislative maps until 2022, but already the Legislature's Research Department is meeting with the U.S. Census Bureau regarding data and computer software that will be used to draw district lines. With fair representation voting in place, perhaps elected officials wouldn't already be planning how to draw the very districts in which they are elected six years in advance, and voters would have more trust in the process as well.

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Alabama State Board of Education Runoff Garners 3% Turnout

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on April 14, 2016

Alabama held runoff elections for the District 1 and District 7 seats on the Alabama State Board of Education, as well as several Circuit Court Judge nominations on Tuesday. In District 1, where the state spent $500,000 dollars to administer the election, voter turnout was only 3%. Alabama could replace costly, low-turnout runoffs by using ranked choice voting in primary elections.

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Capitol Protest Calls for National Gerrymandering Solution

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on April 12, 2016

With nearly 9 in 10 U.S. House seats safe for the incumbent party in 2016, citizens are right to be frustrated with the status quo when it comes to gerrymandering. Those who want a national solution should learn more about FairVote's fair representation plan for Congress, which would allow every voter to participate in a competitive congressional election to make sure that elected leaders are more accountable to the people.

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Here’s a Way to Eliminate Alabama’s Costly, Low-Turnout Runoffs

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on April 12, 2016
Here’s a Way to Eliminate Alabama’s Costly, Low-Turnout Runoffs

Today, April 12th, Alabama will hold costly runoff elections for the District 1 and District 7 seats on the Alabama State Board of Education, as well as several Circuit Court Judge nominations. These runoffs are required when no candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary elections, which took place on March 1st.

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Maryland Governor Hogan Writes to President Obama on Redistricting Reform

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on April 07, 2016

As Maryland's state legislative session draws to a close, Governor Larry Hogan has turned to President Obama for support in his effort to establish an independent redistricting commission. Regardless of President Obama's response, Democrats in Maryland are wary of taking action, for fear of exacerbating the national skew toward Republicans.

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Georgia's State Legislature Ranks Worst in Uncontested Elections

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on April 04, 2016

According to Ballotpedia, more than 4 in 5 state legislature races in Georgia will be uncontested by the opposing party this year.. In addition, 77.4% of incumbents who are running in 2016 won't face a challenger in their primary.

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Republican Congressman from WI: Pass the VRA of 2015

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on March 31, 2016

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-R) penned an OpEd in the New York Times today in support of the Voting Rights Act of 2015--of which he is a co-sponsor.

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Major New Mexico Counties Ready For 17-Year-Old Primary Voting

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on March 30, 2016

Several county clerks are planning on letting eligible 17-year-olds vote in the upcoming June presidential primaries, despite some confusion about when the recently passed law goes into effect. Scott Krahling, Doña Ana County’s chief deputy clerk stated, “We can and should allow these people to vote in the primary, and we’re excited to welcome them.”

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