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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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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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