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Explainer: Voting Rules for Saturday's Election of DNC Chair

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie, Ethan Fitzgerald, Ej Marin on February 22, 2017
Explainer: Voting Rules for Saturday's Election of DNC Chair

This weekend, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will gather for its winter meeting

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Ranked Choice Voting a Sensible Solution to Utah’s Nominations Saga

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie, Ethan Fitzgerald on February 21, 2017
Ranked Choice Voting a Sensible Solution to Utah’s Nominations Saga

Utah politicians and activists have long debated changes to how political parties nominate candidates. There is hope that both legislators and election administrators can come together around ranked choice voting as the solution. Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck has filed HB 349, to use ranked choice voting in primary and general elections.

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Wyoming Legislators Introduce Bills Advancing Electoral Reform

Posted on What's New by Ethan Fitzgerald on January 30, 2017
Wyoming Legislators Introduce Bills Advancing Electoral Reform

Wyoming State Senators Cale Case and Chris Rothfuss, along with Representative Dan Zwonitzer, recently filed a bill to move the state’s elections to “ranked pairs” voting. Rothfuss and Zwonitzer are also sponsors of a bill to establish a commission to study election issues, including alternative voting systems.

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Iowa Democrats Elect State Party Chair Using Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on What's New by Ethan Fitzgerald on January 27, 2017
Iowa Democrats Elect State Party Chair Using Ranked Choice Voting

In the first election for state chair using a single, ranked choice voting ballot, the Iowa Democratic Party elected Derek Eadon from a crowded field of seven candidates. Ranked choice voting allowed the committee to efficiently elect Eadon with a majority of the vote and choose a candidate who seems to have earned consensus support from different factions within the party.

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2017 Begins with Ranked Choice Voting Legislation in Nine States

Posted on What's New by Ethan Fitzgerald on January 25, 2017
2017 Begins with Ranked Choice Voting Legislation in Nine States

Building on the momentum of historic wins for ranked choice voting in Maine and Benton County, Oregon, lawmakers from Massachusetts to Hawaii have introduced bills that would expand its use in their states.

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NYC Mayor Calls for Electoral Reform

Posted on Quick News by Ethan Fitzgerald on October 18, 2016
NYC Mayor Calls for Electoral Reform

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio marked the state’s voter registration deadline by calling for several changes to increase voter registration and turnout, including some promoted by FairVote.

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New York Should Think Outside the Box to Improve Primaries

Posted on Quick News by Ethan Fitzgerald on July 22, 2016

Lawmakers that want more open and efficient elections in New York should go beyond trying to fix one issue at a time and instead give voters a system that is fair to everyone.

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Third Party Chances Are Slim Without Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on Quick News by Ethan Fitzgerald on July 15, 2016

Without expanded use of ranked choice voting, third parties have little chance of gaining traction among the electorate. Even if they do, they run the risk of splitting the vote with ideologically similar parties, and allowing the party they agree with least to win. Reich is correct to point out that there are more than just two viewpoints in American politics and each deserves a seat at the table. But to ensure that every group has a real chance of winning representation, we need a level playing field for all perspectives.

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This Congressional Race Helps Show What’s Wrong with American Elections

Posted on What's New by Ethan Fitzgerald on June 30, 2016
This Congressional Race Helps Show What’s Wrong with American Elections

In addition to forcing different groups of voters to compete for the scarce representation they are afforded by this system, the way we elect Congress is also plagued by issues such as plurality winners, turnout gaps, vote-splitting, single-party dominance, and incumbency advantages. All of these were on display in the District 13 primary, and all of these contribute to making Congress so dysfunctional.

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California's 2016 Top Two Primary Results at a Glance

California's 2016 Top Two Primary Results at a Glance

The 2016 primary marked the third election cycle of statewide races when California employed the “Top Two” method, in which candidates from all parties for State Assembly, State Senate, US House, and this year, Barbara Boxer’s open US Senate seat, appeared on the same ballot. FairVote will be providing more extensive analysis of this unique system’s outcomes in the coming weeks, but we wanted to share a few key findings now.

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