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The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Asian American and Pacific Islander Voting Rights and Representation

The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Asian American and Pacific Islander Voting Rights and Representation

While Asian American and Pacific Islanders (API) may be the smallest community in many jurisdictions, it is still the fastest growing and most diverse demographic in the country. API voters and their preferred candidates are particularly underrepresented by our current winner-take-all rules.

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The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Latino Voting Rights and Representation in the Southwest

The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Latino Voting Rights and Representation in the Southwest

With the upcoming launch of the Fair Representation Act, legislation in Congress to end winner-take-all elections, we examine the state of representation of people of color in the current Congress and how it might change with enactment of the Act. This installment looks at the impact on Latino representation in five states in the American Southwest, where more than half of Latino Americans live.

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The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: African American Voting Rights and Representation in the Deep South

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie, Drew Penrose, David O'brien on June 20, 2017
The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: African American Voting Rights and Representation in the Deep South

With the upcoming launch of the Fair Representation Act, legislation in Congress to change winner-take-all elections, in the coming week we will examine the state of representation of people of color in the current Congress and how it might change with enactment of the Fair Representation Act. We will start with a focus on African Americans in the South – the region of the country where most African Americans live.

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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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