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Illinois Expands Voting Rights for 17-year-olds

Posted on Quick News by Ben Fogarty on August 09, 2016
Illinois Expands Voting Rights for 17-year-olds

Illinois state lawmakers took a step towards making their elections more inclusive by expanding the political rights of 17-year-olds. HB 6167, which was signed into law on August 5, 2016, grants 17-year-olds who will turn 18 before the next general election the ability to sign and circulate petitions, pre-register to vote, and help register other eligible citizens to vote.

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Civility in RCV elections in Berkeley

Posted on Quick News by Jeremy Seitz-brown on August 05, 2016
Civility in RCV elections in Berkeley

Two candidates in the Berkeley, California, mayoral race are working together and urging their supporters to rank the other candidate second, providing yet another example of ranked choice voting elections’ ability to incentivize civility.

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Third Candidates Series Looks at Candidates Outside the Two Major Parties

Posted on Quick News by Miles Dortch on August 05, 2016
Third Candidates Series Looks at Candidates Outside the Two Major Parties

“When over 40% of Americans identify as independents why is it considered rare?” ask Jake Simms and John Farrell, the founders of a documentary series Third Candidates that follows independents as they continue to improve our electoral systems. They will also take a closer look into organizations that advocate for a fair democracy.

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On This Day: The Voting Rights Act of 1965

Posted on Quick News by Michelle C. Whittaker on August 03, 2016
On This Day: The Voting Rights Act of 1965

The United States of America does not have an explicit right to vote defined in the U.S. Constitution. While the right to vote has been expanding for over 240 years, American citizens lack any universal protection against voting discrimination.

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Fourth Circuit Restores Pro-Voter Practices to North Carolina

Posted on Quick News by Drew Spencer Penrose on July 29, 2016
Fourth Circuit Restores Pro-Voter Practices to North Carolina

Today the Federal Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit reversed a lower court in North Carolina and struck down a bill implementing strict voter ID and repealing many of the state's pro-voter policies, including voter preregistration.

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Low turnout in Georgia's expensive primary runoffs highlight need for RCV

Posted on Quick News by Michael Patison on July 27, 2016
Low turnout in Georgia's expensive primary runoffs highlight need for RCV

On July 26th, a handful of Georgians went to the polls to vote in runoff primary elections. Ranked choice voting, in which voters rank the candidates in order of preference, would eliminate the need for costly, unexciting runoffs since the runoff process is already built into the ballot-counting process. Additionally, because turnout is higher in the primary, we can ensure the voices of more people are heard when choosing the party nominee.

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New York Should Think Outside the Box to Improve Primaries

Posted on Quick News by Ethan Fitzgerald on July 22, 2016

Lawmakers that want more open and efficient elections in New York should go beyond trying to fix one issue at a time and instead give voters a system that is fair to everyone.

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Prince Edward Island Will Hold Ranked Choice Voting Referendum on Electoral Reforms

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on July 15, 2016

Canada's Prince Edward Island has announced it will hold a non-binding referendum on five different electoral reforms in fall. The vote will be held online over the course of 10 days, and voters will use ranked choice voting to weigh in on five options (one of which is ranked choice voting).

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Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2016 Introduced in Congress

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on July 15, 2016

On July 14th, Congressional lawmakers introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2016, which would ensure that whenever a citizen interacts with the government, they are automatically registered to vote unless they choose to decline. FairVote is proud to be a long-time supporter automatic voter registration, and was the first national voting organization to originally support the reform.

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National Disability Voter Registration Week

Posted on Quick News by Harry Leeser on July 15, 2016

The American Association of People with Disabilities’ (AAPD) REV UP! campaign organized National Disability Voter Registration Week from July 11th-15th to raise awareness of barriers impacting the right to vote of people with disabilities and encourage them to register ahead of the upcoming election in November. The REV UP! Campaign and National Disability Voter Registration Week are new this year, and this week was selected as a lead-in to the annual celebration of the American Disabilities Act.

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