Pages tagged "Fairvote"


Internet voting: If ever made secure, would it improve election turnout?

Posted on What's New by Loqmane Jamil on April 11, 2011

The phenomenon of low voter turnout is not new but has become worrisome by its recurrence. In the United States voters are turning out in smaller numbers each year in certain elections like primaries and choosing city leaders. With the advent of new technological means of communication be a means to fight against the disaffection toward politics so many Americans seem to feel? Some like internet voting, but it's not ready for governmental elections.

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Local elections in France: Revealing rehearsal before 2012 presidential elections

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid on April 08, 2011

On March 20 and 27, French voters elected their local representatives. These representatives (general counselors) are chosen town-by-town, and gather by departments and elect their president to represent their fellow voters at the regional level. In other words, French local elections are a relatively minor step in the electoral calendar that will bring France to vote for its president in May 2012.

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New Jersey Redistricting: A Better Method

Posted on What's New by Dean Searcy on April 07, 2011

States around the country are plunging into the famed "political thicket" of redistricting. States having to move the fastest are those like New Jersey that this year will hold state legislative elections in their new plan. With winner-take-all rules, the impact of how lines are drawn is enormously point - that's why FairVote suggests giving more power to voters and less power to mapmakers through adoption of forms of proportional voting. New Jersey's state legislative districts provide a good example.New Jersey's Apportionment Commission is a bipartisan body which is responsible for appointing the state's 40 legislative districts following a census every ten years. Each state legislative district elects one state senator and two state assembly members. After the usual  impasse between the five Republican and five Democratic commission members, the tie-breaking member of the commission (one selected with the goal of being independent and representing the public interest) went with the democratic plan. Below is the final appointment plan they agreed upon.  

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Arab Spring of Nations: what's next? -- Yemen: Troubles despite serious negotiations

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on April 01, 2011

The Arab world is still in trouble. Revolutionary nations Tunisia and Egypt are struggling for a successful, peaceful and democratic transition. Other peoples, especially in Yemen, Jordan and Bahrain, are still fighting for change.  In a blog series introduced on March 22 , I am focusing on what's going on in Arab countries at the center of change.  

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Arab Spring of Nations: what's next? -- Tunisia: between hope and political instability

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on March 25, 2011

The Arab world is still in trouble. Revolutionary nations Tunisia and Egypt are struggling for a successful, peaceful and democratic transition. Other peoples, especially in Yemen, Jordan and Bahrain, are still fighting for change.  In a blog series introduced on March 22 , I am focusing on what's going on in Arab countries at the center of change.   

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Arab Spring of Nations: what's next? -- The Egyptian Paradox

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on March 22, 2011

The Arab world is still in trouble. Revolutionary nations Tunisia and Egypt are struggling for a successful, peaceful and democratic transition. Other peoples, especially in Yemen, Jordan and Bahrain, are still fighting for change. 

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The Constitutional Right to Vote Blog: Assumptions

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog, Jo Mckeegan on March 21, 2011

  You’ve heard the assumptions: Young people vote Democratic. So do unmarried women, African Americans, city-dwellers and people with felony convictions. Church-goers vote Republican, as do rich people, small business owners and soldiers.  If you somehow fit into categories from each group, who knows, you may be a Libertarian or Green.  

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Celebrating Democracy Day on March 23: Curriculum from Rock the Vote and FairVote

Posted on What's New by Loqmane Jamil on March 04, 2011

 Beginning on March 23rd, students across the country will have the chance to learn about something that many of us take for granted - and not enough of us exercise - our right to vote.

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Experts advise Proportional representation for successful transition in Arab world

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid on February 25, 2011

2011 is a period of changes for the Arab world as many revolts have burst within its main countries, starting with Egypt and Tunisia. As these nations move toward their first truly free and fair elections, it will be important to implement reforms in order to ensure a peaceful and democratic transition in their societies. On this subject, political experts agree that forms of proportional representation would be a good option for Egypt in particular and, for Arab democracies in general - just as proportional voting was important in such nations as South Africa, Brazil and every nation in Eastern Europe as they moved toward free and fair elections in the 1980s and 1990s.  

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The Constitutional Right To Vote Blog:The Debate over Voter Identification at the Polls: Expanding our Vision

Posted on What's New by Right To Vote Blog on February 14, 2011

The right to vote is at the heart of representative democracy. Upholding that right requires that every eligible voter should have easy access to voting, every vote should be tallied accurately and no ineligible vote should be cast. Both limiting access to voting and allowing fraudulent votes undercut determination of the "consent of the governed."

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