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MLK Day: Continued Pursuit of A Right to Vote

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on January 18, 2016
MLK Day: Continued Pursuit of A Right to Vote

On Martin Luther King Day we remember, among Dr. King’s many contributions to America, his and others’ tireless fight for an equal right to vote.

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Montgomery County State Delegation Will Consider RCV Option for Special Elections

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on January 15, 2016
Montgomery County State Delegation Will Consider RCV Option for Special Elections

The Maryland General Assembly (Maryland’s state legislature) has begun its 2016 legislative session. In Montgomery County (Maryland’s most populous county and home to FairVote) Delegates to the General Assembly will consider a local bill that represents an important step forward in advancing ranked choice voting (RCV) for County elections.

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A Fair Shot: How the Oscar Nominees Were Selected

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Austin Plier on January 14, 2016
How The Academy Uses Ranked Ballots to Select Oscar Nominees

The nominations for all Academy Award categories from Best Picture to Best Sound Mixing have been released. Most slates of nominees were selected using a voting system very similar to the “multi-winner” form of ranked choice voting that FairVote advocates for.

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An Opportunity to Expand Suffrage in Montgomery County

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on January 05, 2016
An Opportunity to Expand Suffrage in Montgomery County

This legislative session, members of the Maryland state legislature from Montgomery County will have an opportunity to start a conversation about suffrage and representation. When the 2016 session starts on January 13th, legislators will consider local bill MC 25-16, which would amend the Maryland Constitution to allow the County to expand voting rights to non-citizen residents, as well as 16 and 17 year olds, for Board of Education elections.

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Utah Foundation Report Looks for Ways to Increase Voter Turnout

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on December 04, 2015
Utah Foundation Report Looks for Ways to Increase Voter Turnout

In an effort to turn the tide of decreasing voter participation in the state of Utah, the Utah Foundation conducted a study to assess current practices for generating turnout and to find opportunities to engage more voters in the future. The report finds that no one solution is a cure-all, but turnout can be improved with simple changes.

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How Judges Evaluated Reforms at Democracy Slam 2015

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on April 23, 2015

National Democracy Slam 2015 offered in-depth and innovative exchanges of ideas and evaluation of democratic reforms. In he final "Democracy Slam," moderated by NBC's Chuck Todd, a high-powered panel of judges evaluated six bold ideas -- see which reforms they and the audience thought would have the biggest impact on core criteria of well-functioning democracy.

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