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Insights from Updated Popular Vote Totals for Presidential Primaries and Caucuses

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on April 09, 2016

We've updated our popular vote totals for all the Democratic and Republican presidential nomination contests in 2016. The overall story remains the same - strong popular vote leads for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and more than 640,000 votes cast for candidates after they withdrew - but there are lessons to learn from breaking out vote totals in caucuses and primaries,

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John Kasich: Time to Talk with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan about a Redistricting Compact

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on April 09, 2016

Ohio governor John Kasich spoke in favor of independent redistricting this week. With Ohio Republican legislative leaders cool to the idea, Kasich should talk with Maryland governor Larry Hogan, who yesterday expressed interest in negotiating an interstate compact with other states in order to create a plan that is both fair overall and fair to all voters.

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Baltimore City Council Advances Bill to Adopt Multi-Member Districts

Posted on Quick News Michelle C. Whittaker on April 08, 2016

The Baltimore City Council gave initial approval to a charter amendment to change the council from 14 single-winner districts to 7 two winner districts. We hope the council will include ranked choice voting and districts with three or more representatives.

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Maryland Governor Hogan Writes to President Obama on Redistricting Reform

Posted on Quick News Austin Plier on April 07, 2016

As Maryland's state legislative session draws to a close, Governor Larry Hogan has turned to President Obama for support in his effort to establish an independent redistricting commission. Regardless of President Obama's response, Democrats in Maryland are wary of taking action, for fear of exacerbating the national skew toward Republicans.

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John Kasich Draws Votes from Ted Cruz More than Donald Trump

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on April 06, 2016

Not a single Republican presidential primary this year has been won with more than half the votes cast. Recently both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have suggested John Kasich should leave the Republican race because he's getting votes that otherwise would go to them. A new national poll asking head-to-head comparisons shows that Cruz is right -- Trump's 10% lead shrinks to just 2% without Kasich.

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Bipartisan Win for Automatic Voter Registration in West Virginia

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on April 06, 2016

FairVote was a pioneer in calling for automatic voter registration as a key step toward a goal of ensuring every eligible voter is registered and no ineligible voter is registered. In the wake of big wins in California and Oregon, we can now add West Virginia to the list -- all the more encouraging given that it has a Democratic governor and Republican legislature.

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Big Ballot Access Win in Case Challenging Georgia Law

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on April 06, 2016

Federal judge Richard W. Story has struck down Georgia's petition requirement for independent and unqualified parties. As explained by Richard Winger, the ruling holds the promise to be a huge breakthrough for fair ballot access.

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New Popular Vote Primary Numbers after Wisconsin

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on April 06, 2016

FairVote's tracking of the national popular vote totals in this year's presidential primaries is garnering attention, including being featured yesterday in Polifact. See our latest numbers after the Wisconsin primary, including more than 640,000 cast for candidates after they withdrew.

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No Simple Answers to an Important Question: Why Don't More Americans Vote?

Posted on Quick News Molly Rockett on April 05, 2016

A recent profile by Bloomberg Politics uses data from the U.S. Census survey to track why Americans don't vote. While the results vary by state, common issues cited are difficulty registering, health issues, and travel on the day of the election.

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Post-Evenwel: We Still Need to Move Beyond Winner-Take-All Elections

Posted on Quick News Drew Spencer Penrose on April 05, 2016

This week the legal field was treated to a rare event: a politically contentious issue getting a unanimous decision from the Supreme Court. This case highlights some important issues inherent in the use of districts to elect legislators.

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