Reports

How California Incumbents Fare under Top-Two Voting

Posted on June 17, 2016

Every election cycle one of the most notable types of results is an incumbent candidate losing their seat, especially when that candidate loses in a primary. Of course, it doesn’t happen very often in our congressional primaries.

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California's 2016 Top Two Primary Results at a Glance

Posted on June 10, 2016

The 2016 primary marked the third election cycle of statewide races when California employed the “Top Two” method, in which candidates from all parties for State Assembly, State Senate, US House, and this year, Barbara Boxer’s open US Senate seat, appeared on the same ballot. FairVote will be providing more extensive analysis of this unique system’s outcomes in the coming weeks, but we wanted to share a few key findings now.

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17-Year Old Ohioans Can Vote in Presidential Primary

Posted on March 11, 2016

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye ruled in favor of 17-year-old presidential primary voters. The Court orders Secretary of State Jon Husted to advise county election boards to count the ballots already received and allow young voters to participate in voting now through Election Day on March 15.

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Voter Turnout: Behind the Numbers

Posted on December 23, 2015

Like many social phenomena, voter turnout can be measured in different ways. Without a label associated with turnout, it is quite easy to confuse the level of voter participation and make misleading inferences about our participatory health. Haley Smith goes behind the numbers of voter turnout.

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It's time to get out the vote... again.

Posted on December 01, 2015

Municipalities across the country held elections last month, as they do every November. But even if you are in the minority of voters who actually participate in elections that don’t coincide with presidential or congressional contests, your civic duties might not be complete just yet.

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The 2015 Turkish Election: A More Proportional Result than Usual

Posted on June 26, 2015

The Turkish election in June 2015 was remarkable for many reasons. In this short piece, FairVote's Robert Buderi explores the ins and outs of the 2015 campaign and the operation of Turkey's party list proportional system. Buderi shows that a high national threshold in a proportional representation system tends to undermine the proportionality of election results and introduce some of the problems rife in winner-take-all plurality systems like the US and Britain. 

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