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Missouri Primary Demonstrates Need for RCV

Posted on Quick News by Elliot Louthen on March 16, 2016

After a full day of voting and a long night of counting, the Missouri presidential primary for both parties is still too close to call. If ranked choice voting had been used in Missouri, we could guarantee the Republican and Democratic winner would have the support of a majority of voters. Instead, voters who cast votes for anyone besides Trump, Cruz, Clinton, and Sanders are left to question what might have happened had they cast their vote for someone else.

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RCV Could Alleviate Negative Campaigning in Florida Primary

Posted on Quick News by Elliot Louthen on March 15, 2016

On the morning of the biggest winner-take-all state primaries, NPR’s Morning Edition ran a segment on the harsh reality of negative campaigning in the state of Florida. Ranked choice voting could fix that.

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Simulating Instant Runoff Flips Most Donald Trump Primary Victories

Posted on What's New by Andrew Douglas, Rob Richie, Elliot Louthen on March 04, 2016
Simulating Instant Runoff Flips Most Donald Trump Primary Victories

If Super Tuesday contests had been conducted with ranked choice voting -- a proven system that empowers voters to rank candidates by preference in order to elect the candidate with the strongest support and the one most likely to garner the support of a majority -- the results would look very different. Our models suggest that Trump would have won Alabama and Massachusetts, competed in toss-up races in Tennessee and Vermont, and lost the remaining seven states.

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Tri-State Agreement To Curb Gerrymandering

Posted on What's New by Elliot Louthen on February 25, 2016
Tri-State Agreement To Curb Gerrymandering

Three states have introduced laws that demonstrate the need for reform, and the potency of state legislation to help move this conversation forward. Democratic state legislators in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia each introduced companion bills to reform redistricting for their congressional elections.

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2016 Electoral Reform Bills

Posted on What's New by Elliot Louthen on February 18, 2016
2016 Electoral Reform Bills

2016 is shaping up to be a promising legislative year for election reform. Just a few weeks into this year’s session, state legislators have introduced dozens of bills to advance electoral reform, illustrating the broad impact of FairVote’s thought leadership.

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President Obama Describes the Need for Structural Electoral Reform in NPR Interview

Posted on What's New by Elliot Louthen on December 23, 2015
President Obama Describes the Need for Structural Electoral Reform in NPR Interview

President Barack Obama’s year-end interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep touched on a range of subjects--most notably a structural flaw in the way we elect the House of Representatives.

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Voting Rights in the Supreme Court

Posted on What's New by Elliot Louthen on December 17, 2015
Voting Rights in the Supreme Court

Last Tuesday, December 8th, the Supreme Court debated the issues of voting rights and redistricting as it heard the cases Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and Evenwel v. Abbott. While FairVote does not have an official position on either case, both of these have considerable potential to affect electoral reform and transform representation as we know it.

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Meet Elliot Louthen

Posted on What's New by Elliot Louthen on October 05, 2015

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