Pages tagged "National popular vote"


FairVote's Top Three Electoral College Stories of the Week, February 6 to February 12, 2013

Posted on What's New by Andrea Levien on February 12, 2013

Tune in every week for FairVote's favorite news items on the Electoral College and National Popular Vote.  

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FairVote's Top Three Electoral College Stories of the Week: January 29 to February 5, 2013

Posted on What's New by Andrea Levien on February 06, 2013

Tune in every week for FairVote's favorite news items on the Electoral College and National Popular Vote. 

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Time to Change an Unpopular Vote

Posted on What's New by Andrea Levien on January 18, 2013

Once again, a Gallup poll has found that a large majority of Americans, both Democrat and Republican, would prefer a popular vote for president. It's time for state legislatures to take notice and pass the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

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The Best Electoral College Stories of the 2012 Presidential Campaign

Posted on What's New on January 09, 2013

 With the campaign season behind us, this post revisits the news stories of the 2012 presidential campaign that best captured the the distortions and unfairness caused by the winner-take-all Electoral College system. 

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Statewide Recounts Remain Scarce: Zero in 2012

Posted on What's New by Mollie Hailey on December 21, 2012

There were no recounts out  of more than 400 statewide elections in 2012. FairVote's research of all statewide general elections from 2000 to 2012 underscores how rarely such recounts take place and how little they affect victory margins. Post-election audits are a better way to uncover the kind of major fraud or error that might actually change an election outcome. 

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Electoral College Chaos: How Republicans Could Put a Lock on the Presidency

Posted on What's New on December 13, 2012

Our current Electoral College rules allow for partisan manipulation of outcomes. FairVote's director Rob Richie explains how if Republicans in 2011 had abused their monopoly control of state government in several key swing states and passed new laws for allocating electoral votes, the exact same votes cast in the exact same way in the 2012 election would have converted Barack Obama's advantage of nearly five million popular votes and 126 electoral votes into a resounding Electoral College defeat.

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Pennsylvania Senate Leader Pileggi Wrong on Prescription for Electoral College Reform

Posted on What's New on December 03, 2012

Pennsylvania's senate majority leader Dominic Pileggi is backing a new plan to divide his state's electoral votes in the 2016 presidential race. While supported as a means to provide a fair reflection of state voters in the Electoral College, the plan has big downsides -- and falls far short of the National Popular Vote plan. Sen. Pileggi should back the National Popular Vote plan and apply his interest in proportional representation to elections for Congress and the state legislature.

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Electoral College Favored One Party Over the Other in the 2012 Election

Posted on What's New by Andrea Levien on November 21, 2012

FairVote's analyses of congressional elections show a definitive tilt towards the Republican party, grounded in winner-take-all voting rules and the geographic distribution of Republican and Democratic voters. However, on the presidential level there is currently a distinct Democratic advantage, also resulting from winner-take-all rules. By reforming unfair electoral structures, we can eliminate this bias on both the legislative and executive levels.

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Magic Numbers: Small Vote Shifts in Key States Could Have Altered Electoral College Outcomes

Posted on What's New by Andrea Levien on November 15, 2012

One commonly cited benefit of the Electoral College is that, even when the national popular vote for president is close, it creates a decisive victory for one candidate or the other, giving the winner more legitimacy. However, these "decisive" victories are often more tenuous than they seem. There are plenty of elections in which slight vote shifts in key states would have changed the winner of the Electoral College vote, despite the original winners' significantly larger leads in the nationwide vote.  

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Tracking Presidential Campaign Field Operations

Posted on What's New by Andrea Levien on November 13, 2012

The most visible ways that Democratic and Republican presidential candidates show favoritism for swing states are through public campaign events and ad spending. However, tracking where candidates opened field offices is another useful method of measuring candidate attention. Unsurprisingly, field office placement in the 2012 presidential election showed a strong bias towards swing states. 

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