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It’s Official: Ranked Choice Voting Becomes Law in Maine

Posted on Quick News by Michelle C. Whittaker on January 07, 2017
It’s Official: Ranked Choice Voting Becomes Law in Maine

Ranked choice voting officially went into law in Maine. Maine is the first state to adopt ranked choice voting for primary and general statewide elections for governor, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and the state legislature.

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On This Day: The Voting Rights Act of 1965

Posted on Quick News by Michelle C. Whittaker on August 03, 2016
On This Day: The Voting Rights Act of 1965

The United States of America does not have an explicit right to vote defined in the U.S. Constitution. While the right to vote has been expanding for over 240 years, American citizens lack any universal protection against voting discrimination.

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Today Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin Made History... 97 Year Ago

Posted on Quick News by Michelle C. Whittaker on June 10, 2016

This year marks the 96th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. In 1920, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin were the first three states to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Check out Representation2020's #SummerOfSuffrage series that will highlight when states ratified the Amendment and state rankings on the gender parity index.

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How Alabama Can Avoid 2 Percent Turnout in Runoff Elections

Posted on Quick News by Michelle C. Whittaker on April 15, 2016

Runoff elections are costly and lead to lower voter turnout. A better option for Alabama is to use ranked choice voting (also known as instant runoff voting) to ensure that all voters can participate in a high turnout, meaningful election. The good news for Alabama is they already have ranked choice voting (for overseas voters)!

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Baltimore City Council Advances Bill to Adopt Multi-Member Districts

Posted on Quick News by Michelle C. Whittaker on April 08, 2016

The Baltimore City Council gave initial approval to a charter amendment to change the council from 14 single-winner districts to 7 two winner districts. We hope the council will include ranked choice voting and districts with three or more representatives.

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NYC Comptroller Calls for Electoral Reform, including Instant Runoff Voting

Posted on Quick News by Michelle C. Whittaker on April 04, 2016

Among the Controller’s recommendations are reforms that FairVote also supports, including ranked choice voting (also known as “instant runoff voting”). Runoff elections also have much lower turnout and can disfranchise absentee and military overseas voters. Enabling instant runoff voting would give every eligible voter the ability to fully express their voice in a single, high turnout election.

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17-Year Old Ohioans Can Vote in Presidential Primary

Posted on Quick News by Michelle C. Whittaker on March 11, 2016

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye ruled in favor of 17-year-old presidential primary voters. The Court orders Secretary of State Jon Husted to advise county election boards to count the ballots already received and allow young voters to participate in voting now through Election Day on March 15.

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