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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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Massachusetts Women Secure Nominations, But Still Far from Gender Parity

Posted on What's New by Claire Daviss on September 16, 2014

Many consider women's success this week in Massachusetts primaries to be a big step toward gender parity. A closer look at Massachusetts reveals there is still a long way to go. Representation 2020's reforms present opportunities.

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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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The Role of Ranked Choice Voting in 2013

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie, Drew Spencer Penrose on November 29, 2013

If you followed the local elections and the special elections that took place in 2013, you probably heard some stories about ranked choice voting - and there's a good chance they were positive.

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Top Two (With a Twist) for Oregon?

Posted on What's New on October 18, 2013

In 2008, Oregon voters rejected a ballot initiative for a Top Two system by a nearly two-to-one vote. In 2014, Top Two may be back on the ballot, but this time tied to a famous Oregonian name and with a twist.

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The Next Step in Expanding Democracy?

Posted on What's New on May 20, 2013

Recently, suffrage was expanded in Takoma Park, Maryland to include voters of ages 16 and 17. At the same time, New York City considered allowing documented residents to vote in local elections irrespective of citizenship status.

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Takoma Park Promotes the Vote: Will More Cities, Campuses and Organizations Take Action?

Posted on What's New on April 15, 2013

Last night, the Takoma Park city council passed a charter amendment on first reading that, if approved when before the council again in the coming month, will be in the best tradition of cities and states leading the nation in advancing voting rights. It would establish same-day voter registration and extend voting rights to residents after they turn 16 and after incarceration. Here's why we think it's important.

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The Voting Rights Act, Jerome Gray and Fair Voting in Alabama

Posted on What's New on March 08, 2013

Among news coverage surrounding the upcoming landmark Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which will decide the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Jerome Gray has received partiuclar attention.. Gray has had a remarkable career as a community organizer, including helping to make sure fair voting systems were effective for African American voters.

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When Barack Obama Was a Leader in Seeking Fair Voting Systems

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose, Rob Richie on December 20, 2012

President Barack Obama has a lot on his mind these days, but the state of our democracy remains critical. Fortunately, judging by Obama's record in the Illinois Senate --where he was the prime sponsor of legislation to advance cumulative voting and instant runoff voting - we haven't had a president as informed about good ideas for taking on electoral reform since James Madison and the founding generation. 

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Snowe-ball Effect: How the Loss of Yet another Congressional Moderate Makes the Case for Election Reform

Posted on What's New by Sheahan Virgin on April 24, 2012

The stunning decision by Olympia Snowe to retire is just the latest example in an alarming series of setbacks for the political center, which is vital to a functioning democracy. What is clear, is that we are living through a period of severe polarization and partisanship, which has had adverse effects on the ranks of moderate politicians. FairVote's unique analysis connects the political center's travails to our damaging winner-take-all election rules and discusses the way in which alternative voting systems could boost moderates like Snowe.

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