Pages tagged "Primaries and voter choice"


An Important New Book on Election Reform

Posted on What's New by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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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Georgia's Costly, Low Turnout Runoffs Can Be a Thing of the Past

Posted on What's New by Ben Fogarty on September 09, 2016
Georgia's Costly, Low Turnout Runoffs Can Be a Thing of the Past

Throughout this election season, FairVote has followed primary runoffs around the country and written about their many failings, including the enormous cost of one Alabama runoff and the dismal turnout for Texas’s runoffs. Unfortunately, Georgia’s July 26th contests appear to be another example of these failings.

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Fractured Primaries and the 2016 Congressional Elections

Posted on What's New by Haley Smith on September 08, 2016
Fractured Primaries and the 2016 Congressional Elections

Tennessee’s August 4th primary featured a particularly brutal battle for the Republican nomination in the Volunteer State’s 8th Congressional district. In an opportunity to claim Republican Stephen Fincher’s open seat, thirteen Republican candidates put their hat in the ring for their party’s nomination, with former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff coming out on top. But, the crowded field of candidates led to highly fractured results, and Kustoff’s victory came with only 27 percent of the vote.

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This Congressional Race Helps Show What’s Wrong with American Elections

Posted on What's New by Ethan Fitzgerald on June 30, 2016
This Congressional Race Helps Show What’s Wrong with American Elections

In addition to forcing different groups of voters to compete for the scarce representation they are afforded by this system, the way we elect Congress is also plagued by issues such as plurality winners, turnout gaps, vote-splitting, single-party dominance, and incumbency advantages. All of these were on display in the District 13 primary, and all of these contribute to making Congress so dysfunctional.

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