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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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Kansas Officials Already Gearing Up for 2022 Redistricting

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

Kansas lawmakers will not redraw the state's congressional and legislative maps until 2022, but already the Legislature's Research Department is meeting with the U.S. Census Bureau regarding data and computer software that will be used to draw district lines. With fair representation voting in place, perhaps elected officials wouldn't already be planning how to draw the very districts in which they are elected six years in advance, and voters would have more trust in the process as well.

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Kasich-Cruz agreement showcases failed plurality voting system

Posted on Quick News by Rob Richie on April 26, 2016

The campaigns for Ted Cruz and John Kasich are collaborating in a bid to block Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination: Kasich won't campaign in Indiana, while Cruz will stand down in New Mexico and Oregon. But there's good reason to believe the deal with break down. Ranked choice voting would avoid the need for such deals simply by allowing voters to indicate backup choices.

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Virginia restores voting rights for ex-felons

Posted on Quick News by Demarquin Johnson on April 25, 2016

On Friday, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order that would allow ex-felons the right to vote. More than 200,000 Virginia residents who have served their sentences and been released from parole or probation will benefit.

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UC Santa Barbara Holds First Fair Representation Election

Posted on Quick News by Ethan Fitzgerald on April 25, 2016

In the first election held using multi-winner ranked choice voting to elect the Senate, a great leap forward for campus democracy at UCSB. In addition to an increase in voter turnout from last year, the election sees three new parties winning seats.

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Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Arizona Districts

Posted on Quick News by Drew Spencer Penrose on April 20, 2016

This week, the Supreme Court in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission reiterated its prior holdings that if a state keeps population disparity between districts below 10%, then they will be upheld unless the population disparity exists because of an illegitimate purpose. In this case, the challengers couldn't prove that the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission had any purpose other than good faith compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

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2016 Popular Vote Numbers Updated

Posted on Quick News by Rob Richie on April 20, 2016

FairVote has updated its online popular vote spreadsheet for 2016 presidential primaries in the wake of the New York primary. Observations include: New York State GOP turnout is low; Ben Carson's votes won't count; Clinton widens lead over Sanders; and Trump has less than 38% of all votes cast.

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