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How to Elect More Wendy Davis's

Posted on Quick News by Kelsey Kober, Theodore Landsman on March 22, 2017

In 2008, Wendy Davis was elected to the Texas State Senate from a district that leans Republican. Davis would go on to earn national attention for her filibuster of a Texas abortion restriction and came closer than many thought possible to winning one of Texas’s seats in the US senate. Davis’s politics and style, which were shaped by the district that elected her and the pitches that worked during her candidacy, were clearly more attractive to many voters than conventional Democratic or Republican politics. However, despite this, crossover representatives in the Texas Statehouse are rarer than ever.

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Could Northern Ireland's Legislative Assembly Elections Set an Example?

Posted on What's New by Kelsey Kober on February 22, 2017
Could Northern Ireland's Legislative Assembly Elections Set an Example?

On March 2, 2017, Northern Ireland’s citizens will cast their votes for Members of the country’s sixth Legislative Assembly. In this election, the country’s heavily Protestant Democratic Union Party (DUP), which holds 37 of the 108 seats, will face off with the Irish nationalist Sinn Fein Party (28 seats) for influence over the Assembly’s legislative agenda.

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The Connecticut State Senate, Bipartisanship, and Collaborative Policymaking

Posted on What's New by Kelsey Kober, Theodore Landsman on January 03, 2017
The Connecticut State Senate, Bipartisanship, and Collaborative Policymaking

There will be a new experiment in divided government. The Connecticut State Senate is now perfectly tied 18-18 for the first time since 1893. It is too early now to know what sort of concessions Democrats may offer. However, FairVote’s guide to Collaborative Policy Making could serve as a road map for inclusive policy making in the state Senate. Connecticut currently uses none of the agenda setting and consensus building practices that lead to a more civil and functional divided government.

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Los Angelenos Already Preparing for Another Round of Elections

Posted on Quick News by Kelsey Kober on December 21, 2016
Los Angelenos Already Preparing for Another Round of Elections

As the 2016 election came to a close last month, American voters breathed a sigh of relief that the exhausting campaigns were finally over. However, the citizens of Los Angeles cannot relax just yet -- important elections for the city’s mayor, as well as eight of its 15 city council seats, are rapidly approaching.

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Competition under Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission

Posted on What's New by Kelsey Kober on November 08, 2016
Competition under Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission

Even after the adoption of an independent redistricting commission, seven of Arizona’s nine congressional districts are completely safe for the party that holds them. We report on the impact of redistricting on competition in U.S. house races since 1984.

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North Carolina’s Elimination of Primary Runoffs Shows Why Ranked Choice Voting is a Better Way

Posted on What's New by Kelsey Kober on October 27, 2016
North Carolina’s Elimination of Primary Runoffs Shows Why Ranked Choice Voting is a Better Way

North Carolina’s decision to eliminate primary runoffs echoes FairVote’s critique of runoffs. In lieu of primary runoffs or plurality voting, North Carolina and other states should adopt ranked choice voting to ensure that elected officials win with broad support and avoid the expense and inconvenience of dragging voters back for another election.

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National Voter Registration Day: Why We Need Universal Voter Registration

Posted on Quick News by Kelsey Kober on September 27, 2016
National Voter Registration Day: Why We Need Universal Voter Registration

September 27 marks National Voter Registration Day. For many, this day symbolizes American democracy and an invitation to all citizens to participate in the government. What many might not know is that the United States is one of the only democracies in the world to not automatically register voters, instead shifting the responsibility to political parties, organizations, and elected officials with a history of bias.

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Noncompetitive Congressional Elections Raise Concerns About Fair Representation

Posted on What's New by Kelsey Kober on September 23, 2016
Noncompetitive Congressional Elections Raise Concerns About Fair Representation

The act of selecting leaders is vital to a democracy. However, in 34 Congressional districts in 2016, voters won’t be making a choice. These 34 districts are held by incumbents who faced no opposition in their party’s primary and no major party competition in the general election.

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Meet the Team: Kelsey Kober

Posted on What's New by Kelsey Kober on September 15, 2016
Meet the Team: Kelsey Kober

Something as monumentally important for American democracy as its electoral process requires serious, data-driven solutions, and FairVote has shown that they have the answers. I’m excited to join FairVote’s team and work on finding the solutions that will expand access to the ballot box for all Americans.

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