Pages tagged "Primaries and voter choice"


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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How California Incumbents Fare under Top-Two Voting

Posted on What's New by Peter Jarka-sellers on June 17, 2016
How California Incumbents Fare under Top-Two Voting

Every election cycle one of the most notable types of results is an incumbent candidate losing their seat, especially when that candidate loses in a primary. Of course, it doesn’t happen very often in our congressional primaries.

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Texas Should Pay for One Election Instead of Two

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on May 27, 2016
Texas Should Pay for One Election Instead of Two

On Tuesday, May 24th, voters across the state of Texas were asked to return to the polls for several runoff elections. Turnout was dismal with less than 4 percent and of registered voters participating--a 20.3 percent drop from the primary election that was held on March 1st. Texas should adopt ranked choice voting for primary elections to replace costly, low-turnout runoffs like the one held Tuesday.

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2016 Presidential Primary Voter Turnout Analysis To Date

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Austin Plier on May 06, 2016
2016 Presidential Primary Voter Turnout Analysis To Date

As of May 3rd, 2016, more than 75% states have held either presidential primaries or caucuses. FairVote has compiled the number of votes casts in state primaries for each candidate to this point, as well as the reported number of votes in state caucuses--though caucus numbers are less reliable than primary elections. Here is summary analysis of voter state presidential primary election turnout to this point in the nomination process.

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GOP Voters Shouldn’t Have to “Coordinate” to Make Their Voices Heard

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett on April 27, 2016
GOP Voters Shouldn’t Have to “Coordinate” to Make Their Voices Heard

With just 82 days remaining until the Republican Convention, Ted Cruz and John Kasich have publicly discussed their plan to launch a coordinated opposition effort to Donald Trump in upcoming state primaries. The idea is to consolidate Cruz and Kasich supporters behind the most competitive alternative to Trump in each of the remaining states, rather than splitting the anti-Trump vote between the two candidates.

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FairVote Joins Lawsuit to Open the Debates

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on April 15, 2016
FairVote Joins Lawsuit to Open the Debates

For two decades, the Commission on Presidential Debates has excluded every candidate from the general election presidential and vice-presidential debates but two: the nominees of the Republican and Democratic Parties. On April 13th, FairVote filed an amicus brief in support of Level the Playing Field and other plaintiffs to change this exclusionary rule and help open the debates to more competition.

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How Mike Bloomberg Could Win as an Independent Presidential Candidate

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie on January 25, 2016
How Mike Bloomberg Could Win as an Independent Presidential Candidate

Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg is exploring a potential independent bid for president. With a reasonable boost in support, there is a realistic scenario in which he would win.

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Montgomery County State Delegation Will Consider RCV Option for Special Elections

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on January 15, 2016
Montgomery County State Delegation Will Consider RCV Option for Special Elections

The Maryland General Assembly (Maryland’s state legislature) has begun its 2016 legislative session. In Montgomery County (Maryland’s most populous county and home to FairVote) Delegates to the General Assembly will consider a local bill that represents an important step forward in advancing ranked choice voting (RCV) for County elections.

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You Vote, They Decide

Posted on What's New by Adam Fogel on February 18, 2008

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