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Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Felon Voting Ban

Posted on Quick News by Peter Jarka-sellers on June 30, 2016

This morning the Iowa State Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the state’s lifetime ban on voting for anyone convicted of a felony was allowed under the state’s constitution.

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New Jersey 17-Year-Old Primary Voting Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on June 28, 2016

A bill that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections (if they will be 18 by the date of the general election) is headed to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's desk after passing the state Senate. Allowing 17 year-olds to vote in primary elections is a simple, common sense expansion of suffrage that helps young voters form voting as a habit early on in life.

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Supreme Court Takes Up Two Gerrymandering Cases for October Term

Posted on Quick News by Chris Hughes on June 28, 2016

The Supreme Court yesterday took up a case challenging North Carolina lawmakers' use of race while redrawing the state's congressional districts in 2011. The case, McCrory v. Harris, is an appeal by the state challenging a lower court finding that two districts were illegally packed with black voters. It joins another racial redistricting case already on the court's docket out of Virginia.

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AP Analysis Shows Representation Gap for People of Color in Illinois

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on June 27, 2016

From a voting method perspective, Illinois is particularly interesting, as the state used to elect its legislature using a form of fair representation voting called "cumulative voting" for over 100 years. Given the Illinois state legislature's gridlock and the underrepresentation of racial minority groups in the state, a return to fair representation voting is greatly needed.

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New PEW Study: Politics is More Divided Than Ever

Posted on Quick News by Molly Rockett on June 24, 2016

In a survey of nearly 4,400 adults this past March and April, PEW finds partisanship and polarization to be more entrenched than ever among Americans. This data does not bode well for proponents of competitive congressional elections.

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National Organization for Women Continues to Highlight Underrepresentation in Politics

Posted on Quick News by Molly Rockett on June 24, 2016

In a press release today, the National Organization for Women (NOW) called attention to the continued underrepresentation of women in politics, and affirmed their commitment to participating in the new formed Voting Rights Caucus in Congress.

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Divided America Article Shows the Need for Fair Representation

Posted on Quick News by Ben Fogarty on June 17, 2016
Divided America Article Shows the Need for Fair Representation

As a part of its ongoing Divided America series, the Associated Press released a story about how the demographics of America’s legislatures do not match the demographics of its people. In this piece, Alfonso Lopez - the only Latino state lawmaker in Virginia - discusses how having a state legislature that under-represents Virginia’s Latino community makes it more difficult for the state’s government to adequately address problems facing the Latino community.

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Today Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin Made History... 97 Year Ago

Posted on Quick News by Michelle C. Whittaker on June 10, 2016

This year marks the 96th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. In 1920, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin were the first three states to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Check out Representation2020's #SummerOfSuffrage series that will highlight when states ratified the Amendment and state rankings on the gender parity index.

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Ontario Municipalities Now Have the Option to Use Ranked Ballots

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on June 09, 2016

On Tuesday, Ontario passed legislation that allows municipalities to used ranked ballots (more commonly known as "ranked choice voting" in the United States) for elections beginning in 2018. Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin stated that policymakers "listened to the calls from voters to ensure that rules for municipal elections reflect the real and evolving needs of our communities."

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Brennan Center President Highlights Automatic Voter Registration’s Potential to Boost Turnout

Posted on Quick News by Ethan Fitzgerald on June 08, 2016

While some states have pursued policies that make ballot access more difficult and suppress turnout, others are expanding the voter rolls with automatic voter registration - a piece of FairVote’s reform vision.

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