Pages tagged "Fairvote"


Richie's May 9th Democracy Minute: The Ever-Shrinking Presidential Battleground

Posted on What's New on May 09, 2011

Watch video on Vermont's enactment of  the National Popular Vote bill and read analysis of the roots of problems with the current presidential election system. News on instant runoff and upcoming IRV elections in the United States.

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Indiana: A Better Redistricting Plan with Super Districts

Posted on What's New by Dean Searcy on May 05, 2011

After much debate, a GOP Congressional redistricting plan was approved this past week by both the Indiana House and Senate. Despite the Republican Party's efforts to quell allegations of partisan gerrymandering, it is quite clear that partisanship has been a factor.

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Richie's May 6th Democracy Minute: Dump "first past the post"!

Posted on What's New on May 05, 2011

Launching a campaign to end "first past the post" ..British referendum on alternative vote expected to uphold status quo…Florida legislature passes controversial voting measure...Redistricting: Gubernatorial veto of Missouri redistricting plan overturned, Utah Democrats back consideration of super district proportional plan...Republicans kick off presidential nomination debates, with problematic process looming.

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Richie's May 3rd Democracy Minute

Posted on What's New by Tom Sanchez, Right To Vote Blog on May 02, 2011

Richie's Democracy Minute for May 3rd looks at news from Canada's federal election, the upcoming alternative vote referendum in the United Kingdom, recounts and redistricting.

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Richie's May 5th Democracy Minute: Pluralities, Majorities and Fair Representation

Posted on What's New on May 02, 2011

  Fair voting according to cats (video) .... The impact of plurality rules versus majority rules ....California Top Two race on Tuesday reverses first-round outcome – a more democratic result that won’t be possible in Sept. 13th special election for U.S. House in Nevada. ..UK to vote for regional and local government with non winner-take-all voting methods, and could change method of election for House of Commons. ..Canadian elections remain under microscope. .. Redistricting and recount wars continue. 

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Florida: Flashpoint in the Debate about Voter Fraud

Posted on What's New by Dean Searcy on April 25, 2011

Florida has joined Texas, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Indiana among states either passing or seriously considering requiring a government-issued photo ID to be presented whenever any individual votes. Florida's House Bill 1355 and Senate Bill 2086 would: require all voters to present a government issued ID at the polls, mandate the use of provisional ballots if an eligible voter moves to another county, tighten rules on voter registration groups, and shortening the validity of voter signatures on citizen initiatives.

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Parity law adopted in Tunisia

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on April 21, 2011

After the political revolution that struck their country earlier this year, Tunisians are now experiencing a genuine revolution of the mind. In an earlier blog post, I worried about the length of time the Tunisian interim government was taking to implement key measures .However, recent developments have eased my fears considerably. 

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Voting: A Right, A Privilege, or A Responsibility?

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog, Dean Searcy on April 19, 2011

When Americans talk about their democracy, they typically emphasize the importance of the right to vote. But the fact is that, unlike other democratic rights protected in the First Amendment, voting rights do not have clear constitutional protections. State legislatures have the right to appoint electors in presidential races without holding elections, for example, and states can enact a variety of policies that directly or indirectly infringe on suffrage rights. While strengthening voting rights in the Constitution would seem like a logical step, there's a potential political barrier: confusion about the meaning of "right." 

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Louisiana Redistricting: A Better Method

Posted on What's New by Dean Searcy, Super Districts on April 18, 2011

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is about to sign legislation establishing a redistricting plan that distorts partisan representation, breaks up natural communities, underrepresents racial minorities and creates largely noncompetitive races. Super districts with  two three-member districts and a non-winner-take-all voting systemn would dramatically boost fair representation and give all voters competitive choice.

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The Right to Vote: The case of the people of our nation's capital

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog, Jo Mckeegan on April 14, 2011

Although the District has a delegate in the U.S. House (Eleanor Holmes Norton) who can propose legislation and serve on committee, she does not have voting rights in Congress. The District lacks even a delegate in the U.S. Senate, even though Congress can veto any bill passed by the District and often considers “riders’ on bills that would change laws governing the residents of the District – a classic case of “taxation without representation.”

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