Pages tagged "Author ethan fitzgerald"


Ranked Choice Voting Legislation Draws Bipartisan Support

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie, Ethan Fitzgerald on March 02, 2017
Ranked Choice Voting Legislation Draws Bipartisan Support

This year, there are 18 states with bills advancing ranked choice voting. Ranked choice voting’s ability to both make election cycles more efficient and level the playing field for all candidates and parties makes it popular across the political spectrum. This is reflected in the balanced support that ranked choice voting receives for a range of uses from Republican and Democratic state legislators.

Read more

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

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

1  2  3  Next →

Join Us Today to Help Create a More Perfect Union