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Faithless Electors Fizzle, But Leave Uncertainty

Posted on Quick News by Drew Penrose on December 21, 2016
Faithless Electors Fizzle, But Leave Uncertainty

On December 19th, each state's electors met and cast their votes for President and Vice President. This year 10 electors attempted to vote for someone else. This is the largest number of "faithless electors" for president in history. But like every other example of electors deviating from their party's nominee, it went off with a fizzle, changing nothing.

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The Promise of Wisconsin's Gerrymandering Lawsuit - And Its Limits

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose on December 16, 2016
The Promise of Wisconsin's Gerrymandering Lawsuit - And Its Limits

Two days before Thanksgiving 2016, a three-judge panel struck down partisan gerrymandering as unconstitutional in a challenge to Wisconsin’s state legislative redistricting plan. If the Court sides with the plaintiffs and strikes down partisan gerrymandering, it will be important – but it will not be as world-changing as some are claiming.

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The Violence of Faction: Partisanship Hardens in 2016

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose on December 05, 2016
The Violence of Faction: Partisanship Hardens in 2016

A hallmark of American democracy is that we vote for candidates and not parties. As voters, we pride ourselves on supporting the best candidates, irrespective of their political party affiliations. This “crossover voting” or “ticket splitting” - voting for nominees of different political parties for different offices - is dying.

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"Strengthening Democracy in Canada" - The Special Committee's Report Released

Posted on Quick News by Drew Penrose on December 02, 2016

In August, 2016, we highlighted our testimony to Canada's Special Committee on Electoral Reform. Yesterday, that committee released its report, which recommends that Canada adopt proportional representation, as well as a number of other pro-voter democratic changes.

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Ferguson-Florissant School Board Elections Improve with the Voting Rights Act

Posted on What's New by Maya Efrati, Drew Penrose on December 01, 2016
Ferguson-Florissant School Board Elections Improve with the Voting Rights Act

After a successful case brought under the Voting Rights Act, the Ferguson-Florissant School Board now joins the more than 200 jurisdictions in the United States which elect their officers using fair representation voting. By giving voters cumulative voting rights, the families of the Ferguson-Florissant School District will have a stronger voice in the education system for their community.

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Federal Standards for Presidential Recounts Needed

Posted on Quick News by Drew Penrose on November 30, 2016

Since the Florida recount was halted after the 2000 election, the need for federal action on presidential recounts has been plain, and the 2016 election has again clarified its need. The invaluable resource on presidential elections, Every Vote Equal, makes the case for just such a law.

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Ballotpedia's Useful Summary of Election Results

Posted on Quick News by Drew Penrose on November 29, 2016

Ballotpedia calls itself "The Encyclopedia of American Politics." It provides numerous invaluable resources on a variety of topics. Lately, a particularly useful page is their simple table of election results certification dates.

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Maine's First Ranked Choice Voting Election: June, 2018

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose on November 15, 2016
Maine's First Ranked Choice Voting Election: June, 2018

On Election Day 2016, voters in Maine showed that they intend to live up to Maine’s motto: “Dirigo,” meaning “I lead.” In 2018, they will be the first state to use ranked choice voting in all state and congressional elections, notwithstanding doubts expressed in some post-election coverage.

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Gerrymandering Pays Off in Wisconsin

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose on November 08, 2016
Gerrymandering Pays Off in Wisconsin

Results are coming in from Wisconsin, and they demonstrate how much Wisconsin stands as an example of the unfair partisan skew in congressional and legislative elections. This may help make the case for a lawsuit working its way through federal court, arguing that Wisconsin's gerrymandered districts violate the U.S. Constitution.

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No Vote on Fair Districts in Illinois

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose on November 08, 2016
No Vote on Fair Districts in Illinois

The polls have closed in Illinois, and, when it comes to the Illinois state legislature, it has been another election in which the politicians chose their voters, and not the other way around. Although Illinois may not be able to adopt independent redistricting, there is another solution, rooted in Illinois' history.

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