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Better Design, Better Democracy: Why Ballot Design Matters in Ranked Choice Elections

Posted on What's New by Marie Lemieux on August 04, 2017
Better Design, Better Democracy: Why Ballot Design Matters in Ranked Choice Elections

The American conscience is etched with memories of the eventful 2000 elections, where the Palm Beach Post found that Palm Beach County’s Butterfly Ballot cost Al Gore the presidential elections. This example illustrates the importance of ballot design, where the position of elements on ballots can create misunderstanding for voters, increase the number of irregular ballots (ballots which include marking mistakes or other mistakes that make counting the ballot impossible), and ultimately de-legitimize an election.

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4 Reasons Why Adopting Automatic Voter Registration is Good for American Democracy

Posted on What's New by Marie Lemieux on July 26, 2017
4 Reasons Why Adopting Automatic Voter Registration is Good for American Democracy

Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) is a process where “state officials automatically register eligible citizens using reliable information from other government lists. All would be given the chance to “opt out” or decline registration”. This policy proposal seeks to resolve the issue of having a barrier at the polls.

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Closing the American Democracy Voter Engagement Gap Using Innovation

Posted on What's New by Marie Lemieux on July 21, 2017
Closing the American Democracy Voter Engagement Gap Using Innovation

As the Pence-Kobach commission begins in the heart of the nation’s capital, Americans’ trust in their democracy is at an all-time low and has been declining in the past decade. As of May 2017, only a fifth of the American population believed “they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right”. This bleary statistic both translates and is caused by a lack of engagement in the democratic process, as American citizens slowly stop engaging in institutions that do not seek to represent or include them. This is why states and non-partisan organizations throughout the country, like FairVote, are finding ways to engage voters in American democracy to restore their trust in the electoral system.

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Canadian Conservative Party Used Ranked Choice Ballots to Determine Next Leader

Posted on What's New by Marie Lemieux on July 18, 2017
Canadian Conservative Party Used Ranked-Choice Ballots to Determine Next Leader

On May 27, 2017, Andrew Scheer, the Member of Parliament for Regina-qu’Appelle was elected as leader for the Canadian Conservative Party at the end of a thirteen month-long leadership race. The format of the leadership contest, ranked-choice voting (RCV), allowed a consensus candidate to emerge out of many controversial candidacies in order to represent a broad base of Conservatives. Scheer’s predecessor, Prime Minister Stephen Harper resigned following the Conservative Party loss in the 2015 federal elections. Following his resignation, the party appointed Rona Ambrose, a caucus member and former Minister of Health, Environment and Public Works, as interim leader until the permanent leader was appointed by the party’s members in a leadership contest.

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Legislative Elections in France: Wave of Change, Same Distortion

Posted on What's New by Marie Lemieux on June 28, 2017
Legislative Elections in France: Wave of Change, Same Distortion

Due to the historically low turnout and the distorted results, Macron’s party “En Marche!” has not received a stable mandate. Thus, he, along with his party, must find a way to collaborate across party lines to accomplish his policy goals and reform the French political system.

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