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Cumulative Voting Used in Peoria Election

Posted on Quick News by Rob Richie on April 06, 2017
Cumulative Voting Used in Peoria Election

On April 4, Peoria, Illinois filled two city council vacancies using cumulative voting. Incumbent Sid Ruckriegel (who was appointed to fill the seat on an interim basis in 2015) and newcomer Zach Oyler were elected and will serve until 2019. Ruckriegel and Oyler were elected citywide by the use of cumulative voting, which is used in more than 50 local jurisdictions across the United States.

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Los Angeles City Election Turnout Projected to Hit Record Low. Would RCV Help?

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie, Theodore Landsman on March 16, 2017
Los Angeles City  Election Turnout Projected to Hit Record Low, Would RCV Help?

Voter turnout in many city elections is hitting all-time lows. There is no single reason for such declines, evidence strongly suggests ranked choice voting (RCV) does not lead to lower turnout despite some claims to the contrary. Indeed, adoption of RCV has allowed cities to avoid primary and runoff elections that almost always had far lower turnout than the general election.

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FairVote and Leading Maine Civic Groups File Briefs Defending Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on Quick News by Rob Richie on March 03, 2017
FairVote and Leading Maine Civic Groups File Briefs Defending Ranked Choice Voting

Working with pro bono attorneys from Hogan Lovells and Akin Gump, FairVote was among an impressive group of organizations and experts that today filed briefs to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in response to the request for an advisory opinion on the constitutionality of Maine’s Ranked Choice Voting law passed by voters in 2016.

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Ranked Choice Voting Legislation Draws Bipartisan Support

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie, Ethan Fitzgerald on March 02, 2017
Ranked Choice Voting Legislation Draws Bipartisan Support

This year, there are 18 states with bills advancing ranked choice voting. Ranked choice voting’s ability to both make election cycles more efficient and level the playing field for all candidates and parties makes it popular across the political spectrum. This is reflected in the balanced support that ranked choice voting receives for a range of uses from Republican and Democratic state legislators.

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Explaining Moonlight's Surprise Oscar Win

Posted on Quick News by Rob Richie on February 27, 2017
Explaining Moonlight's Surprise Oscar Win

Last night, the steadfast viewers seeing the Oscar telecast to the end experienced a shocking moment: "La La Land" was wrongly read as the Best Picture winner, only to soon be corrected with the actual winner, Moonlight. But what we really can productively learn relates to the virtues of the ranked choice voting ('instant runoff") system used by the Academy since 2009 to elect Best Picture.

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Explainer: Voting Rules for Saturday's Election of DNC Chair

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie, Ethan Fitzgerald, Ej Marin on February 22, 2017
Explainer: Voting Rules for Saturday's Election of DNC Chair

This weekend, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will gather for its winter meeting

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New Mexico Senate First to Pass National Popular Vote Plan in 2017

Posted on Quick News by Rob Richie on February 21, 2017
New Mexico Senate First to Pass National Popular Vote Plan in 2017

On Presidents Day, the New Mexico state senate became the first chamber to pass the National Popular Plan, by a margin of 26-16. It now moves onto the house. The legislation has been introduced in many other states as well.

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Ranked Choice Voting a Sensible Solution to Utah’s Nominations Saga

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie, Ethan Fitzgerald on February 21, 2017
Ranked Choice Voting a Sensible Solution to Utah’s Nominations Saga

Utah politicians and activists have long debated changes to how political parties nominate candidates. There is hope that both legislators and election administrators can come together around ranked choice voting as the solution. Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck has filed HB 349, to use ranked choice voting in primary and general elections.

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DNC Chair Will Need Majority, Like an Instant Runoff

Posted on Quick News by Rob Richie on February 20, 2017
DNC Chair Will Need Majority, Like an Instant Runoff

It's the final week in the highly competitive race to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee. As people gear up for the Saturday vote, keep in mind that with 10 candidates, it's highly unlikely that anybody will earn a majority of the initial vote. Instead, in what amounts to a series of runoffs, the winner will ultimately be the candidate who represents a majority of voters.

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Thinking "Outside the Vox" on Best Picture and Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie on February 20, 2017
Thinking

Ranked choice voting is a smart system for the Oscars to use after increasing its number of Best Picture nominees. It's not rewarding mediocrity, but at least making sure that the "passion vote" is backed up with a majority vote.

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