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The Impact of Money in the 2014 U.S. House Elections

Posted on What's New by Rachel Swack, Maya Efrati on March 22, 2017
The Impact of Money in the 2014 U.S. House Elections

In 2010, the Supreme Court overturned the ban on corporate election spending in the landmark Citizens United case. As a majority of the justices considered political spending to be a form of free speech, corporations were free to ‘speak’, with the goal to persuade the voting public, through political contributions. Since then, the amount of money spent in elections has grown drastically, and the source of that money has become a key concern for many Americans. Many have become to wonder, with so much money involved, could our elections simply be ‘bought’?

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FEC Ordered to Scrutinize Presidential Debate Rules

Posted on Quick News by Maya Efrati on February 03, 2017
FEC Ordered to Scrutinize Presidential Debate Rules

When America goes to the polls to choose a new president every four years, the Presidential Debates are a key way that citizens learn about the candidates and decide who to support. Unfortunately, the Commission on Presidential Debates (the CPD) has long excluded

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New Federal Protections of the Right to Vote or Overstepping? Presidential Policy Directive 21

Posted on What's New by Maya Efrati, Shane Wade on January 25, 2017
New Federal Protections of the Right to Vote or Overstepping? Presidential Policy Directive 21

The decision by former DHS secretary Johnson has received equal parts praise and criticism. Given FairVote’s longstanding support for a constitutional right to vote, we wanted to examine Johnson’s designation.

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Ferguson-Florissant Appeals VRA Case

Posted on Quick News by Maya Efrati on December 13, 2016

The Ferguson-Florissant school board has appealed the judge's order finding that it violated the Voting Rights Act and ordering that the school board use cumulative voting going forward.

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Ferguson-Florissant School Board Elections Improve with the Voting Rights Act

Posted on What's New by Maya Efrati, Drew Penrose on December 01, 2016
Ferguson-Florissant School Board Elections Improve with the Voting Rights Act

After a successful case brought under the Voting Rights Act, the Ferguson-Florissant School Board now joins the more than 200 jurisdictions in the United States which elect their officers using fair representation voting. By giving voters cumulative voting rights, the families of the Ferguson-Florissant School District will have a stronger voice in the education system for their community.

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Illegal Voting Claims by Trump Misconstrue the Real Need for Election Integrity

Posted on Quick News by Maya Efrati on December 01, 2016
Illegal Voting Claims by Trump Misconstrue the Real Need for Election Integrity

The recent Presidential election has ignited an enormous amount of discussion regarding both the way that votes for the presidential election are cast, as well as the possibility of fraud in that election system. President-Elect Donald J. Trump claimed that millions voted illegally, but no evidence of this exists.

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Alaska Voters Adopt Automatic Voter Registration

Posted on What's New by Maya Efrati on November 08, 2016
Alaska Voters Adopt Automatic Voter Registration

This past Tuesday, Alaska took a massive step forward to ensuring that all of its citizens have access to the ballot box. Over 65% of Alaska voters approved Ballot Measure 1, which will implement automatic voter registration throughout the state. Clearly, Alaskan citizens understood the importance of enfranchising all of their community.

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Sen. McCain, RCV Supporter, Wins in Arizona

Posted on Quick News by Maya Efrati on November 08, 2016
Senator John McCain, RCV Supporter, Wins in Arizona

With the polls closing just minutes ago, it is clear that the Senate will keep yet another supporter of ranked choice voting on its member rolls. Sen. McCain (R-Arizona), who has maintained a strong lead over challenger Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Arizona) in the final few months of this election, confirmed his victory by a clear margin.

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North Carolina: When the Seats Don’t Reflect the Votes

Posted on What's New by Maya Efrati on November 08, 2016
North Carolina: When the Seats Don’t Reflect the Votes

Results in North Carolina show the extent of the state’s unfair partisan gerrymandering in congressional and legislative elections. Such e distortions and battles have serious consequences both for the quality of North Carolinians representation and electoral integrity.

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Meet the Team: Maya Efrati

Posted on What's New by Maya Efrati on October 06, 2016
Meet the Team: Maya Efrati

Usually when I tell people that I chose to go to law school knowing that I didn’t want to be a practicing attorney – the type that goes to court every day and litigates criminal cases, or the kind that writes contracts between multinational companies or small businesses – I get a confused face and a “wait, what?” Yes, that’s right, I respond, I want to work in policy. And I’ve been fortunate enough not only to have that opportunity this year, but to work on policy that sits at the very core of all our other fundamental rights.

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