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FiveThirtyEight looks at Ranked Choice Voting in Maine

Posted on Quick News Stephen Beban on October 28, 2016
FiveThirtyEight looks at Ranked Choice Voting in Maine

FiveThirtyEight's podcast discussed Maine ballot Question 5 - it's the laboratory of democracy at work.

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Local Contest Introduces Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on Quick News Avi Steele on October 27, 2016
Local Contest Introduces Ranked Choice Voting

Every year, the treasurer’s office in Arlington County, VA holds a design contest to select the year’s official decal. Students from the county’s high schools submit original designs, one of which will be displayed on 160,000 vehicles throughout the county.

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FairVote's 2016 Presidential Tracker

Posted on Quick News on October 24, 2016
FairVote's 2016 Presidential Tracker

FairVote has created this spreadsheet to track the 2016 presidential candidates as they campaign across the country. The spreadsheet highlights the impact of our current Electoral College rules on presidential campaigns.

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NYC Mayor Calls for Electoral Reform

Posted on Quick News Ethan Fitzgerald on October 18, 2016
NYC Mayor Calls for Electoral Reform

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio marked the state’s voter registration deadline by calling for several changes to increase voter registration and turnout, including some promoted by FairVote.

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Claremont McKenna College Student Government Elections

Posted on Quick News Chloe Karafelis on October 03, 2016
Claremont McKenna College Student Government Elections

Last week, students at Claremont McKenna College in California elected their 2020 Class President, Bryan Carlen. The Associated Students of Claremont Mckenna College is one of over 50 student governments that uses ranked choice voting to elect their officials. RCV on college campuses prevents the election from becoming a popularity contest, helps diversify the pool of candidates, and keeps students engaged with campus politics.

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National Voter Registration Day: Why We Need Universal Voter Registration

Posted on Quick News Kelsey Kober on September 27, 2016
National Voter Registration Day: Why We Need Universal Voter Registration

September 27 marks National Voter Registration Day. For many, this day symbolizes American democracy and an invitation to all citizens to participate in the government. What many might not know is that the United States is one of the only democracies in the world to not automatically register voters, instead shifting the responsibility to political parties, organizations, and elected officials with a history of bias.

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Crowded Field Could Lead to Severe Vote Splitting in Louisiana Senate Race

Posted on Quick News Ben Fogarty on September 09, 2016
Crowded Field Could Lead to Severe Vote Splitting in Louisiana Senate Race

With twenty-four candidates running, the race to replace outgoing Louisiana U.S Senator David Vitter is one of the most hotly contested elections this year. While competition is emblematic of a healthy democracy, Louisiana’s current electoral system has a defect that is partly addressed by having a majority runoff but still leaves voters in a tough situation during highly competitive races like this one.

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California Bill to Expand Options for Local Elections Goes to Governor Brown

Posted on Quick News Grace Ramsey on August 26, 2016
California Bill to Expand Options for Local Elections Goes to Governor Brown

Senate Bill 1288, sponsored by Senator Mark Leno, which enables all of the state’s general law jurisdictions to use fairer voting methods, including ranked choice voting, passed the state assembly last Thursday 46-26. The bill passed the State Senate back in May and is now headed to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown.

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MetroGreater Contest Uses RCV to Improve the DC Metro

Posted on Quick News Ben Fogarty on August 17, 2016
MetroGreater Contest Uses RCV to Improve the DC Metro

Greater Greater Washington and the Coalition for Smarter Growth are currently using ranked choice voting to determine the winner of their MetroGreater contest. This contest invited the public to submit small, low-cost ideas for improving riders’ experiences on the Washington DC Metro system.

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Upcoming Supreme Court Case to Tackle Virginia Race-Based Redistricting Criteria

Posted on Quick News Chris Hughes on August 17, 2016
Upcoming Supreme Court Case to Tackle Virginia Race-Based Redistricting Criteria

Earlier this summer the Supreme Court agreed to review Bethune Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, a case challenging the use of race in the 2011 redistricting of Virginia’s 100-seat House of Delegates. Virginia claimed to be trying to comply with the Voting Rights Act, by insisting that certain districts had to have at least 55% black voting age population. However, as redistricting experts like Justin Levitt have pointed out, this approach is a bad caricature of what the Voting Rights Act requires

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