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McCain and Biden Receive Prize for Civility in Public Life

Posted on Quick News by Harry Leeser, Samantha Washington on June 08, 2016

On June 7, 2016, Allegheny College awarded their 5th annual Prize for Civility in Public Life to Vice President Joe Biden and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) for their continued dedication to civility during contentious policy debates and elections.

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May 24th Launch of First Congressional Voting Rights Caucus

Posted on Quick News by Grace Ramsey on May 26, 2016

Tuesday marked the launch of the first Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. The caucus held a press conference outside the Capitol, led by Co-Chairs Representative Marc Veasey (TX-33) and Representative Terri Sewell (AL-7) announcing the formation of the caucus and the policy goals it hopes to advance.

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California Senate Passes Bill to Expand Options for Local Elections

Posted on Quick News by Ethan Fitzgerald on May 24, 2016

Yesterday, the California State Senate voted in favor of SB 1288, which enables all of the state’s general law jurisdictions to use majority-winner voting methods, including ranked choice voting.

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John Oliver Highlights Problematic Aspects of Presidential Primaries and Caucuses

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on May 24, 2016

On HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the host tackled issues related to the presidential primaries and caucuses of both major political parties. The process is governed by party rules that often vary from state to state, and can leave voters feeling left out. Parties, of course, have the right to govern their nomination process however they choose, but there are several ways that the process might be improved to give voters a stronger voice in the process.

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Over 1,700 Virginia Democrats Participate in Ranked Choice Voting Election

Posted on Quick News by Ethan Fitzgerald on May 24, 2016

Last week, the Arlington County Democratic Committee held a caucus to nominate two candidates for the November general election for School Board. As FairVote has highlighted in the past, Arlington Democrats have used ranked choice voting on several occasions to nominate candidates for local office.

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Study Shows Voter Pre-Registration Has Positive Impact on Youth Turnout

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on May 20, 2016

Scholars from Duke University researched the impact of voter pre-registration on turnout among young voters. The scholars found that pre-registration increases the probability that young voters will participate in elections between 2 and 13 percentage points. FairVote was among the first national organizations to originally support the reform, and continues to maintain a set of helpful resources for those who want to learn more.

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Voters' Second Choices Help Choose London Mayor

Posted on Quick News by Sarah John on May 06, 2016

In a high turnout election, voters in London, England, headed to the polls yesterday to choose their mayor and city legislature. The city uses a “supplementary vote” system, in which voters indicate their first and second choice for mayor. If no candidate wins a majority of voters’ first choices, an instant runoff between the two candidates with the most votes takes place.

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How Few Votes It Takes to Become a Presumptive Nominee

Posted on Quick News by Rob Richie on May 04, 2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have effectively wrapped up their nomination contests. A rundown of the votes it took to do so is revealing -- each has won the votes of about one in 20 eligible voters so far.

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Vermont Governor Signs Automatic Voter Registration into Law

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

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an automatic voter registration bill into law on Thursday, April 28th, making Vermont the fourth state to pass such a law. The bill could add up to 50,000 new voters to the rolls over the course of its first four years in effect. The bill was proposed by former FairVote employee Rep. Christopher Pearson, and received overwhelming all-partisan support in the Vermont Legislature.

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Georgia Special Election Runoff Garners 6% Voter Turnout

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

Carl Gilliard won a special runoff election for House District 162 of Georgia's State House. Only about 6% of the 23,000 registered voters across 19 precincts showed up to vote in the runoff election. Georgia should adopt ranked choice voting--also known as "instant runoff voting"--for situations as these. This would allow the state to save money by avoiding the costs associated with a runoff, and maximize turnout in one election, while still achieving the same democratic results.

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