Pages tagged "Primaries and voter choice"


Top 2 to Top 5? New Ranked Choice Voting Option on the Table

Posted on What's New John E. Palmer on April 03, 2018
Top 2 to Top 5? New Ranked Choice Voting Option on the Table

So far, RCV and top-two have been mutually exclusive solutions. But might a marriage of top-two and RCV be a step forward?

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California Top Two: An Incomplete Step Toward Fixing the Problems of Primary Elections

Posted on What's New Paul Schimek on April 03, 2018
California Top Two: An Incomplete Step Toward Fixing the Problems of Primary Elections

California’s unusual Top Two primary system is attracting attention because of the possibility it could thwart Democratic victories in districts that are key to the party’s chances.

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Alabama Senate Primary and the Ranked Choice Voting Alternative

Posted on What's New Rob Richie, Myeisha Boyd on September 26, 2017
Alabama Senate Primary and the Ranked Choice Voting Alternative

It’s going to take Alabama almost 10 months to fill the seat because of a law that will result in three statewide elections.

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An Important New Book on Election Reform

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on April 19, 2017
An Important New Book on Election Reform

Changing How America Votes, edited by Todd Donovan, includes 13 innovative ideas about how to assess our democracy and make elections in the United States better. FairVote’s reform vision is well-represented in the collection, including a chapter making the case for the Fair Representation Act for Congress.

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St. Louis: Racially Divided Mayor's Race Cries Out for RCV Reform

Posted on What's New Steven Hill on March 31, 2017
St. Louis: Racially Divided Mayor's Race Cries Out for RCV Reform

In the Democratic primary for mayor in St. Louis, MO, Alderwoman Lyda Krewson eked out a slim victory against the other six Democratic challengers, winning with only 32% of the popular vote. That means more than two thirds of voters picked another candidate besides the victor. There's a better way to vote in primary elections like these.

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Ranked Choice Voting a Sensible Solution to Utah’s Nominations Saga

Posted on What's New Rob Richie, Ethan Fitzgerald on February 21, 2017
Ranked Choice Voting a Sensible Solution to Utah’s Nominations Saga

Utah politicians and activists have long debated changes to how political parties nominate candidates. There is hope that both legislators and election administrators can come together around ranked choice voting as the solution. Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck has filed HB 349, to use ranked choice voting in primary and general elections.

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Federal Primary Runoff Elections and Voter Turnout Declines, 1994 - 2016

Posted on Research Reports on December 02, 2016
Federal Primary Runoff Elections and Voter Turnout Declines, 1994 - 2016

Federal Primary Election Runoffs and Voter Turnout Decline analyzes turnout data for the 190 primary runoff elections held between 1994 and 2016. The report finds that primary runoff elections are plagued by significant declines in turnout that dilute the representative nature of the system. The report examines the effect of the time delay between elections on turnout decline. Finally, the report recommends alternative runoff systems such as instant runoff voting to eliminate the turnout decline problem while preserving the benefits to representation of runoffs.

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North Carolina’s Elimination of Primary Runoffs Shows Why Ranked Choice Voting is a Better Way

Posted on What's New Kelsey Kober on October 27, 2016
North Carolina’s Elimination of Primary Runoffs Shows Why Ranked Choice Voting is a Better Way

North Carolina’s decision to eliminate primary runoffs echoes FairVote’s critique of runoffs. In lieu of primary runoffs or plurality voting, North Carolina and other states should adopt ranked choice voting to ensure that elected officials win with broad support and avoid the expense and inconvenience of dragging voters back for another election.

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Constitution Day 2016

Posted on What's New Ben Fogarty on September 16, 2016
Constitution Day 2016

Constitution Day, celebrated annually on September 17th, commemorates the founding fathers who designed and signed the Constitution in 1787. To celebrate, FairVote reflects on the founders’ vision for American democracy and how ranked choice voting corresponds with that vision.

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VotePact: Do It Yourself Voting Reform

Posted on What's New Rob Richie on September 13, 2016
VotePact: Do It Yourself Voting Reform

FairVote profiles an idea from Sam Husseini of VotePact.org, who agreed to sit down with us and explain his plan.

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