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Voter Error in Top Two Primary Can Be Far Higher than in RCV Races

Posted on What's New Rob Richie, Eli Hanson-metayer on August 12, 2014

You might think that nothing could be easier than voting for one candidate in an election, but analysis of voter error in California’s Top Two primary system shows surprisingly high rates of invalidated ballots in such vote-for-one elections; much higher than the normal error rate in elections conducted by ranked choice voting.

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Details Matter: The Oregon Top Two Twist

Posted on What's New Drew Spencer Penrose, Rob Richie on August 11, 2014

This year, another Top Two elections proposal will appear on the Oregon ballot, but this time with an unusual detail that may have a big impact.

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FairVote Proposes Solutions to Florida's Congressional Redistricting Dilemma in 2014

Posted on What's New Rob Richie on August 07, 2014

Florida is facing an electoral quandary as two of its congressional districts have been found to violate the state constitution, and the legislature is redrawing the maps as November elections loom. The legislature does not want to use the new map in 2014, but FairVote's analysis outlines two plans that could resolve the crisis. The better of these plans would also improve the representation of Florida voters in the process.

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Bipartisan Push to Restore Voting Rights

 U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rand Paul (R-KY) unveiled a bipartisan approach to restore voting rights to citizens with felony convictions. 

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Major County Shows Leadership on Ways to Boost Participation

The Montgomery County Right to Vote Task Force issued its final report and recommendations, affirming the Council's commitment to increasing voter participation, improving election practices, and supporting an affirmative right to vote. 

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What's the Matter with California Turnout?

Posted on What's New Duncan Hosie, Rob Richie on July 08, 2014

California experienced record low voter turnout in the recent primary election, but adopting FairVote's four electoral reforms can help increase participation. 

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The Role of Ranked Choice Voting in 2013

Posted on What's New Drew Spencer Penrose, Rob Richie on November 29, 2013

If you followed the local elections and the special elections that took place in 2013, you probably heard some stories about ranked choice voting - and there's a good chance they were positive.

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When Barack Obama Was a Leader in Seeking Fair Voting Systems

Posted on What's New Drew Spencer Penrose, Rob Richie on December 20, 2012

President Barack Obama has a lot on his mind these days, but the state of our democracy remains critical. Fortunately, judging by Obama's record in the Illinois Senate --where he was the prime sponsor of legislation to advance cumulative voting and instant runoff voting - we haven't had a president as informed about good ideas for taking on electoral reform since James Madison and the founding generation. 

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Understanding the RCV Election Results in District 10

Posted on Research Reports Rob Richie, Steven Hill on November 23, 2010

The Board of Supervisors race in District 10 was an unprecedented race in San Francisco’s seven-year history of using ranked choice voting (the first RCV elections took place in 2004). It featured 21 candidates, no incumbent and no obvious front runners.  That resulted in an election in which the winning candidate, Malia Cohen, barely edged out the competition in an exceptionally close race.Given the parameters of this race, RCV functioned smoothly to produce a winner that was preferred by the most voters. It fostered a degree of coalition-building as candidates and voters used the ranked ballots effectively, and unlike other races this race was substantially free of negative, mudslinging attacks as the multi-candidate field focused on seeking the second and third rankings from the supporters of other candidates.

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