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How to Elect More Wendy Davis's

Posted on Quick News by Kelsey Kober, Theodore Landsman on March 22, 2017

In 2008, Wendy Davis was elected to the Texas State Senate from a district that leans Republican. Davis would go on to earn national attention for her filibuster of a Texas abortion restriction and came closer than many thought possible to winning one of Texas’s seats in the US senate. Davis’s politics and style, which were shaped by the district that elected her and the pitches that worked during her candidacy, were clearly more attractive to many voters than conventional Democratic or Republican politics. However, despite this, crossover representatives in the Texas Statehouse are rarer than ever.

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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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How to Get Elected to Congress With Only 50,595 Votes

Posted on What's New by Theodore Landsman on March 15, 2017
How to Get Elected to Congress With Only 50,595 Votes

In the 2016 U.S. House election, Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) won reelection in a race with just 62,655 votes cast (or 8.1% of the district’s 2010 census population). Meanwhile, Ryan Zinke (MT) won his 2016 re-election bid with more than 507,000 votes cast, and earned more than five times as many votes as Bridenstein on his way to a victory that was (relatively) close. How can this be?

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RCV Voters Reject Backroom Dealing in West Australia Election

Posted on Quick News by Haley Smith, Theodore Landsman on March 14, 2017

This past Saturday, the Australian Labor Party took control of the Western Australian state parliament after more than eight years of Liberal Party leadership. In a historic swing election, voters emphatically rejected the ruling Liberal-National coalition, with outgoing premier Colin Barnett conceding the race less than three hours after the polls closed. Support for the popular minor party, One Nation, was low as well.

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The 115th Congress: Some Findings About Its Newest Members

Posted on What's New by Theodore Landsman on March 03, 2017
The 115th Congress: Some Findings About Its Newest Members

As Congress creeps into action amid a confusing and often hostile landscape, new members of Congress are already having a major impact on policy.

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Understanding Condorcet Winners and Non-Monotonicity Through the Lens of Berkeley's District 2 City Council Race

Posted on What's New by Theodore Landsman on March 02, 2017
Understanding Condorcet Winners and Non-Monotonicity Through the Lens of Berkeley's District 2 City Council Race

What can we learn from our near miss with the absurd world of election irregularities? For one thing, while these situations worry some academics who study election systems, we have little evidence that they happen in practice.

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Magic Numbers: Small Vote Shifts in Key States Could Have Altered Electoral College Outcomes

Posted on What's New by Andrea Levien, Theodore Landsman on January 13, 2017
Magic Numbers: Small Vote Shifts in Key States Can Alter Electoral College Outcomes

One commonly cited benefit of the Electoral College is that, even when the national popular vote for president is close, it creates a decisive victory for one candidate or the other. However, these "decisive" victories are often more tenuous than they seem. There are plenty of elections in which slight vote shifts in key states would have changed the winner of the Electoral College vote.

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All RCV Elections in the Bay Area So Far Have Produced Condorcet Winners

Posted on What's New by Theodore Landsman on January 06, 2017
Every RCV Election in the Bay Area So Far Has Produced Condorcet Winners

San Francisco started using ranked choice voting in 2004. Since then, four Bay Area cities have held 138 elections for the 53 offices elected in those cities. In every single instance, the winner of the election has been the candidate who would defeat all others in a head-to-head contest -- that is, “the Condorcet winner.”

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The Connecticut State Senate, Bipartisanship, and Collaborative Policymaking

Posted on What's New by Kelsey Kober, Theodore Landsman on January 03, 2017
The Connecticut State Senate, Bipartisanship, and Collaborative Policymaking

There will be a new experiment in divided government. The Connecticut State Senate is now perfectly tied 18-18 for the first time since 1893. It is too early now to know what sort of concessions Democrats may offer. However, FairVote’s guide to Collaborative Policy Making could serve as a road map for inclusive policy making in the state Senate. Connecticut currently uses none of the agenda setting and consensus building practices that lead to a more civil and functional divided government.

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Contrasting the Election Integrity Index with Dubious Democracy

Posted on Quick News by Theodore Landsman on January 03, 2017
Contrasting the Election Integrity Index with Dubious Democracy

The Election Integrity Project recently released its U.S. Perceptions of Election Integrity (PEI) Survey results for 2016. News stories about their release immediately focused on the 7/100 score for North Carolina on the fairness of its district boundaries, the lowest score on this metric any state has ever received.

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