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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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The Paradox of Fairness and Competition in Virginia Redistricting

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on October 16, 2015
The Paradox of Fairness and Competition in Virginia Redistricting

The most recent scuffle over congressional redistricting in Virginia illustrates how poor a job single-winner districts do at achieving meaningful elections with fair results. With single-winner districts, we get results that may or may not be fair, may or may not be competitive, and result in a paradox under which they cannot be both fair and competitive.

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FairVote in the Supreme Court

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on August 27, 2015
FairVote in the Supreme Court

This month, FairVote submitted amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs along with the Center for Competitive Democracy in the Supreme Court for two cases. One concerns closed primaries in New Jersey; the other concerns the "top two" system in California. In both, FairVote hopes to inform the Court of the various options states have for primary election and ballot access reform, and how those choices can affect voters.

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Independent Commissions Win in Court - But What's Next?

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on June 29, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court made the right decision in upholding independent redistricting commissions, however these commissions still do not resolve the problems that come with single-winner districts. We need Congress to replace our current system with multi-winner districts with ranked choice voting to truly put the power back in the people's hands. 

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FairVote Files Amicus in New Jersey "Closed Primaries" Case

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on November 11, 2014

Right now a federal court of appeals is considering the Constitutionality of New Jersey’s closed primary election system – and FairVote is weighing in as an amicus curiae party.

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