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Local Elections in Texas Demonstrate the Power - and Limits - of Cumulative Voting Rights

Posted on What's New Maya Efrati on May 19, 2017
Local Elections in Texas Demonstrate the Power - and Limits - of Cumulative Voting Rights

On May 6th, voters in more than 50 Texas jurisdictions went to the polls to elect local representatives with cumulative voting rights. Cumulative voting, a form of fair representation voting, has been successful in empowering racial and ethnic minority voters in Texas, but this year’s election demonstrated its limitations as well.

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Wisconsin Bill Limiting Recounts is Detrimental to Election Integrity

Posted on What's New Maya Efrati on April 18, 2017
Wisconsin Bill Limiting Recounts is Detrimental to Election Integrity

Following the 2016 presidential election, five states saw petitions for recounts, but only one state (Wisconsin) conducted a full recount. After the dust has settled, the state is trying to change the process. The process does need reform, but unfortunately the bill being considered in Wisconsin goes in the wrong direction.

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Ranked Choice Voting Legislation Draws Bipartisan Support

Posted on What's New 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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Maine Legislators Should Respect the Will of the People

Posted on What's New Grace Ramsey on February 02, 2017
Maine Legislators Should Respect the Will of the People

When Maine voters adopted ranked choice voting on November 8, 2016, the result was heralded as “hope for the future.” However, a recent controversial move in South Dakota demonstrates how politicians can react to reform with knee-jerk opposition, and some worry that at least some Maine legislators are seeking a way to delay, or even repeal, ranked choice voting - against the wishes of the people.

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New Federal Protections of the Right to Vote or Overstepping? Presidential Policy Directive 21

Posted on What's New Maya Efrati, Shane Wade on January 25, 2017
New Federal Protections of the Right to Vote or Overstepping? Presidential Policy Directive 21

The decision by former DHS secretary Johnson has received equal parts praise and criticism. Given FairVote’s longstanding support for a constitutional right to vote, we wanted to examine Johnson’s designation.

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The Promise of Wisconsin's Gerrymandering Lawsuit - And Its Limits

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on December 16, 2016
The Promise of Wisconsin's Gerrymandering Lawsuit - And Its Limits

Two days before Thanksgiving 2016, a three-judge panel struck down partisan gerrymandering as unconstitutional in a challenge to Wisconsin’s state legislative redistricting plan. If the Court sides with the plaintiffs and strikes down partisan gerrymandering, it will be important – but it will not be as world-changing as some are claiming.

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Maine's First Ranked Choice Voting Election: June, 2018

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on November 15, 2016
Maine's First Ranked Choice Voting Election: June, 2018

On Election Day 2016, voters in Maine showed that they intend to live up to Maine’s motto: “Dirigo,” meaning “I lead.” In 2018, they will be the first state to use ranked choice voting in all state and congressional elections, notwithstanding doubts expressed in some post-election coverage.

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FairVote to Assess Opportunities for State Litigation

Posted on What's New Mohamed Aziz on October 28, 2016
FairVote to Assess Opportunities for State Litigation

Public interest litigation plays an important role in enacting and influencing reform, albeit imperfect and oftentimes unsuccessful. As an undoubtedly necessary strategy within the legal framework of our democratic society, attorneys can improve its effectiveness in order to better embolden and strengthen social reformers. This year, FairVote plans to publish an audit of state constitutions and courts to help prospective litigators know when seeking changes through litigation is most likely to be beneficial.

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FairVote Legal Staff Promote Fair Representation Voting in Law Review Issue Celebrating Voting Rights Act

Posted on What's New Chris Hughes on August 24, 2016
FairVote Legal Staff Promote Fair Representation Voting in Law Review Issue Celebrating Voting Rights Act

Last year was the 50th Anniversary of the March on Selma and the passage of the seminal Voting Rights Act of 1965, which changed the course of minority voting power in American politics, and just last week celebrated its 51st Anniversary. To honor that legacy, the Cumberland Law Review at the Stamford School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama dedicated an issue of its most recent volume to the history, impact, and future of the VRA, to which FairVote contributed an article about adopting ranked choice voting in multi-winner districts for Congress.

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New Legislation in 13 States to Expand Use of Ranked Choice Voting in 2016

Posted on What's New Ethan Fitzgerald on February 09, 2016
New Legislation in 13 States to Expand Use of Ranked Choice Voting in 2016

With a new year comes a new legislative session in state houses around the U.S. 2016 has seen state legislators nationwide use this opportunity to empower voters by introducing bills that create new uses of ranked choice voting (RCV) at the state and local levels. Just one month into this year’s session, at least 27 pro-RCV bills have been introduced in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

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