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“Government of Few” Report Highlights New Tools Exposing our Broken Democracy

Posted on What's New on June 12, 2015

FairVote today released Government of the Few in the “Decided Dozen" -- Frozen Representation and the Distorted Demographics of Decisive Primary Elections. Report authors Andrew Douglas and Zack Avre zero in on the “Decided Dozen”—12 states where control over the state legislature and the outcome of the great majority of general election races is never in doubt, leaving the only meaningful choices and power to voters in low turnout, unrepresentative primary contests. The report highlights two important analytic tools FairVote will use for a series of reports this summer on the broken nature of our representative democracy.

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Voting and Elections Summit 2015 Overview

Posted on What's New by Rebecca Hellmich on February 13, 2015

The ninth annual Voting and Elections Summit was held on February 5th and 6th. FairVote was pleased to cosponsor this year’s conference, and helped arrange speakers, hold workshops and organize one of the major plenary sessions. The event showcased a great array of speakers/presenters, and produced lively, informative discussions. Here is an overview of the various sessions/workshops, with links to videos of key segments.

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

Posted on What's New by 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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Fair Voting in California - Will Santa Barbara Join Santa Clarita?

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on August 08, 2014

In July, the city of Santa Barbara became the most recent in a string of California cities being sued under the California Voting Rights Act for diluting the votes of their Latino population. By electing candidates at-large with fair voting, Santa Barbara could remedy any alleged vote dilution in a race neutral way, avoid the pitfalls of redistricting, and encourage the equitable election of women.

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Louisiana's New Voter Pre-Registration Law Features Automatic Registration

Posted on What's New by Rebecca Hellmich on July 11, 2014

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal in May signed a law establishing voting pre-registration for 16-year-olds. The law features an innovative "opt-out" approach to voter registration that will further boost registration and participation. Louisiana has a history of such innovative election policy.

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Intern Spotlight: Ellie Huizenga

Posted on What's New by Helena Huizenga on June 25, 2014

Meet Ellie! One of our summer interns. Make sure to read her about her experience with a lack of fair representation and how she came to work at FairVote.

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FairVote Joins Coalition Calling for Revitalized EAC

Posted on What's New by Henry Alderfer on May 22, 2014

FairVote and a coalition of other organizations believe the EAC remains a vital resource for states to research and improve election administration.

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Proven Innovations to Uphold Voting Rights for Overseas Voters

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on May 20, 2014

FairVote has just submitted written testimony to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration arguing for a fairer approach to accommodating the needs of deployed military and overseas voters.

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Open General Elections Deserve Support in Colorado

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on May 06, 2014

On Tuesday, April 29th, a group of Colorado activists called The Coalition for a New Colorado Election System held a press conference to announce that it has begun collecting signatures for a new approach to election reform. This approach will both open the primaries to independent voters while simultaneously opening the general election to real electoral competition.

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FairVote and Elderhostel

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on April 30, 2014

This past Tuesday, FairVote had the opportunity to present on FairVote’s key reforms to a group of Elderhostelers (now called “Road Scholars”), on winner-take-all, polarization, partisan bias, and the fair voting solution.

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