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No Simple Answers to an Important Question: Why Don't More Americans Vote?

Posted on Quick News by Molly Rockett on April 05, 2016

A recent profile by Bloomberg Politics uses data from the U.S. Census survey to track why Americans don't vote. While the results vary by state, common issues cited are difficulty registering, health issues, and travel on the day of the election.

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Starbucks CEO calls for greater civility in national discourse

Posted on Quick News by Molly Rockett on April 04, 2016

At the 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz condemned the rising polarization and dysfunction that has gripped politics over the past few years and called for greater civility and optimism in national discourse.

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Trump Calls for Kasich to Exit Race

Posted on Quick News by Molly Rockett on April 04, 2016

Trump accused Kasich of "taking" his votes, implying that he considers himself the second-choice candidate of many Kasich supporters.

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Court Rules Law Banning Lies in Campaigning Violates First Amendment

Posted on Quick News by Molly Rockett on April 01, 2016

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a 2014 District Court Ruling that found Ohio's law banning false statements in campaigns in violation of the First Amendment protecting free speech.

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Primary Focus: Understanding Voter Turnout

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on March 24, 2016
Primary Focus: Understanding Voter Turnout

The very fact that voters are segregated by party affiliation to choose nominees means the emerging candidate pool will naturally have viewpoints that skew to their party’s more vocal base. Whether it is a local mayoral election or a statewide senate race, candidates hoping to secure their party’s nomination often veer to the extreme.

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Ranked Choice Voting Could Mean More Civility in Primaries

Posted on Quick News by Molly Rockett on March 24, 2016

In our Primary Focus series, we have highlighted ranked choice voting as a reform that could incentivize more civil campaigning, especially in fractured fields of more than two candidates. Our report on civil campaigning finds that voters living in cities where ranked choice voting is used perceive less negative campaigning and were more satisfied with the campaigning they did experience.

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Jim Pagels Recommends Alternative Voting in CapX

Posted on Quick News by Molly Rockett on March 24, 2016

In his latest article to CapX, Jim Pagels correctly identifies first-past-the-post voting systems as the core cause of plurality winners like Donald Trump in GOP primaries. He recommends alternative voting, also called ranked choice voting, to facilitate a majority winner and allow the party to consolidate around a consensus candidate with broad support.

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Primary Focus: Proportional Primaries Respect All Votes

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on March 16, 2016
Primary Focus: Proportional Primaries Respect All Votes

Last night, the Republican party held their first winner-take-all primaries in Ohio and Florida, while Democrats continued with strictly proportional contests in all five of their voting states. The differences in these delegate allocation methods have major ramifications for how the nomination race is unfolding for each party.

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Dr. Jill Stein Supports Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on Quick News by Molly Rockett on March 15, 2016

A long time supporter of ranked choice voting, Dr. Jill Stein took to twitter today to once again voice her approval of repealing what she termed "our top two primary system."

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Ranked Choice Poll of GOP Voters Yields Insights

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett on March 14, 2016
Ranked Choice Poll of GOP Voters Yields Insights

As the Primaries season continues into March, many watching the race are increasingly eager to crown winners and losers, not just in specific states, but for the entire nomination contest. With attention honed in on coronating a victor, it’s useful to remember that the “winner” in plurality elections often fails to reflect a majority of voters.

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