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Georgia Special Election Runoff Garners 6% Voter Turnout

Posted on Quick News 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 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 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 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 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 Drew 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 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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How Alabama Can Avoid 2 Percent Turnout in Runoff Elections

Posted on Quick News Michelle C. Whittaker on April 15, 2016

Runoff elections are costly and lead to lower voter turnout. A better option for Alabama is to use ranked choice voting (also known as instant runoff voting) to ensure that all voters can participate in a high turnout, meaningful election. The good news for Alabama is they already have ranked choice voting (for overseas voters)!

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Conversation Turns to Ranked Choice Voting for GOP Convention

Posted on Quick News Molly Rockett on April 14, 2016

Today, Matthew Dean Hindman writes for the Washington Post that instant runoff voting would be the "most fair, transparent and democratic manner possible," to select the eventual nominee. FairVote's second choice polling series has explored how instant runoff voting could improve not only the convention process, but also the individual primaries taking place in states and the public opinion polls used to gauge voter preferences.

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Ranked Choice Voting Poll for Maryland's 8th Congressional District Primaries

Posted on Quick News Demarquin Johnson on April 14, 2016

When Representative Chris Van Hollen announced his statewide campaign for the U.S. Senate, his congressional seat opened up. Participate in our ranked choice voting poll for primaries in Maryland's 8th Congressional District.

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