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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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Brennan Center President Highlights Automatic Voter Registration’s Potential to Boost Turnout

Posted on Quick News by Ethan Fitzgerald on June 08, 2016

While some states have pursued policies that make ballot access more difficult and suppress turnout, others are expanding the voter rolls with automatic voter registration - a piece of FairVote’s reform vision.

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California Senate Passes Bill to Expand Options for Local Elections

Posted on Quick News by Ethan Fitzgerald on May 24, 2016

Yesterday, the California State Senate voted in favor of SB 1288, which enables all of the state’s general law jurisdictions to use majority-winner voting methods, including ranked choice voting.

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Over 1,700 Virginia Democrats Participate in Ranked Choice Voting Election

Posted on Quick News by Ethan Fitzgerald on May 24, 2016

Last week, the Arlington County Democratic Committee held a caucus to nominate two candidates for the November general election for School Board. As FairVote has highlighted in the past, Arlington Democrats have used ranked choice voting on several occasions to nominate candidates for local office.

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UC Santa Barbara Holds First Fair Representation Election

Posted on Quick News by Ethan Fitzgerald on April 25, 2016

In the first election held using multi-winner ranked choice voting to elect the Senate, a great leap forward for campus democracy at UCSB. In addition to an increase in voter turnout from last year, the election sees three new parties winning seats.

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