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FairVote Provides Research to Canada's Electoral Reform Committee

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on August 29, 2016
FairVote Provides Research to Canada's Electoral Reform Committee

FairVote joined scholars like Arend Lijphart in submitting a brief to the Canadian Special Committee on Electoral Reform to help guide their decision making as to how Canada’s elections should be reformed. Like the United States, Canada elects its national legislature exclusively from single-winner districts, elected by plurality vote. It does not use a proportional system. Also like the United States, this causes problems.

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Fourth Circuit Restores Pro-Voter Practices to North Carolina

Posted on Quick News by Drew Spencer Penrose on July 29, 2016
Fourth Circuit Restores Pro-Voter Practices to North Carolina

Today the Federal Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit reversed a lower court in North Carolina and struck down a bill implementing strict voter ID and repealing many of the state's pro-voter policies, including voter preregistration.

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Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Arizona Districts

Posted on Quick News by Drew Spencer Penrose on April 20, 2016

This week, the Supreme Court in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission reiterated its prior holdings that if a state keeps population disparity between districts below 10%, then they will be upheld unless the population disparity exists because of an illegitimate purpose. In this case, the challengers couldn't prove that the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission had any purpose other than good faith compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

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FairVote Joins Lawsuit to Open the Debates

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on April 15, 2016
FairVote Joins Lawsuit to Open the Debates

For two decades, the Commission on Presidential Debates has excluded every candidate from the general election presidential and vice-presidential debates but two: the nominees of the Republican and Democratic Parties. On April 13th, FairVote filed an amicus brief in support of Level the Playing Field and other plaintiffs to change this exclusionary rule and help open the debates to more competition.

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Post-Evenwel: We Still Need to Move Beyond Winner-Take-All Elections

Posted on Quick News by Drew Spencer Penrose on April 05, 2016

This week the legal field was treated to a rare event: a politically contentious issue getting a unanimous decision from the Supreme Court. This case highlights some important issues inherent in the use of districts to elect legislators.

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North Carolina Voter Confusion Could Have Been Avoided

Posted on Quick News by Drew Spencer Penrose on March 17, 2016

Many voters have already voted in North Carolina's March congressional primary - but that primary has now been cancelled, and so those votes will not be counted.

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Voting Rights Groups Act to Secure 17-Year-Old Primary Voting in Ohio

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose, Chris Hughes on March 09, 2016
Voting Rights Groups Act to Secure 17-Year-Old Primary Voting in Ohio

Earlier this week the ACLU of Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN), and Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Campaign each took action against the Ohio Secretary of State for his attempts to restrict 17-year-old voting in that state’s March 15 presidential primary.

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Fourteen Scholars Evaluate Thirty-Seven Electoral Reforms

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on December 23, 2015
Fourteen Scholars Evaluate Thirty-Seven Electoral Reforms

To identify what structural electoral reforms have the greatest relative impact, FairVote asked the experts. We partnered with a group of 14 leading scholars, each one an authority on legislatures, elections, and electoral rules, to assess the impact of 37 different structural reforms to election laws. Each scholar rated every reform based on its likely impact on 16 different criteria relating to legislative functionality, electoral accountability, voter engagement, and openness of process—meaning that there were 21 criteria ratings in all, counting the four general categories and the overall impact rating.

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Seven Ways Ranked Choice Voting is Empowering Voters in 2015

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on November 04, 2015
Seven Ways Ranked Choice Voting is Empowering Voters in 2015

Election Day 2015 has come and gone, and voters in cities in six states again found that they were not limited to marking only one candidate, but had the ability to rank the candidates in order of choice. Here are seven ways RCV worked around the country this year.

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