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Kansas and Virginia Advance Bills to Expand Ballot Access

Posted on Quick News by Ej Marin on January 18, 2017
Kansas and Virginia Advance Bills to Expand Ballot Access

Kansas and Virginia both advanced bills that expand ballot access by making the process more attainable and inclusive for future candidates.

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On MLK Day, Democratic Innovations Can Further Advance Voting Rights

Posted on Quick News by Paul Murphy on January 16, 2017
On MLK Day, Democratic Innovations Can Further Advance Voting Rights

On Monday, January 16th, our country honors the life and service of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His work to make our democracy more inclusive and representative continues today.

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It’s Official: Ranked Choice Voting Becomes Law in Maine

Posted on Quick News by Michelle C. Whittaker on January 07, 2017
It’s Official: Ranked Choice Voting Becomes Law in Maine

Ranked choice voting officially went into law in Maine. Maine is the first state to adopt ranked choice voting for primary and general statewide elections for governor, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and the state legislature.

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Contrasting the Election Integrity Index with Dubious Democracy

Posted on Quick News by Theodore Landsman on January 03, 2017
Contrasting the Election Integrity Index with Dubious Democracy

The Election Integrity Project recently released its U.S. Perceptions of Election Integrity (PEI) Survey results for 2016. News stories about their release immediately focused on the 7/100 score for North Carolina on the fairness of its district boundaries, the lowest score on this metric any state has ever received.

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Ranked Choice Voting on the 2016 Honor Roll

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on December 22, 2016
Ranked Choice Voting on the 2016 Honor Roll

FairVote was excited to see ranked choice voting on John Nichols' 2016 Honor Roll as the "Most Valuable State Electoral Reform," and looking forward to new opportunities in 2017.

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Los Angelenos Already Preparing for Another Round of Elections

Posted on Quick News by Kelsey Kober on December 21, 2016
Los Angelenos Already Preparing for Another Round of Elections

As the 2016 election came to a close last month, American voters breathed a sigh of relief that the exhausting campaigns were finally over. However, the citizens of Los Angeles cannot relax just yet -- important elections for the city’s mayor, as well as eight of its 15 city council seats, are rapidly approaching.

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Faithless Electors Fizzle, But Leave Uncertainty

Posted on Quick News by Drew Penrose on December 21, 2016
Faithless Electors Fizzle, But Leave Uncertainty

On December 19th, each state's electors met and cast their votes for President and Vice President. This year 10 electors attempted to vote for someone else. This is the largest number of "faithless electors" for president in history. But like every other example of electors deviating from their party's nominee, it went off with a fizzle, changing nothing.

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Historically Low Turnout in Louisiana Senate Runoff

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on December 14, 2016
Historically Low Turnout in Louisiana Senate Runoff

Voter turnout in the Louisiana U.S. Senate runoff on December 10th was just 29.2 percent--down from 67.8 percent in the general election--making it one of the lowest-attended U.S. Senate elections in the state in recent years. Legislators should look for ways to expand the use of ranked choice voting to avoid costly, low-turnout elections like the one on December 10th.

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Wisconsin: Another Statewide Recount with Minimal Shifts

Posted on Quick News by Haley Smith on December 13, 2016

Nearly two weeks after it started, Wisconsin’s presidential recount is complete. The recount, which was requested by Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein and independent candidate Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente ahead of Wisconsin’s November 25th filing deadline, yielded a small vote gain (131 votes of the nearly 2.8 million cast) for president-elect Donald Trump.

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Ferguson-Florissant Appeals VRA Case

Posted on Quick News by Maya Efrati on December 13, 2016

The Ferguson-Florissant school board has appealed the judge's order finding that it violated the Voting Rights Act and ordering that the school board use cumulative voting going forward.

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