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Utah House Passes Bipartisan Ranked Choice Voting Bill

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on March 03, 2017
Utah House Passes Bipartisan Ranked Choice Voting Bill

On Friday, March 3rd, 2017, the Utah House voted 59-12 to pass HB 349, a bill that would require the use of ranked choice voting for nearly all Utah elections. Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D) introduced the bill, however it passed out of committee last week with Republican support in an 8-1 vote, and passed the House today with nearly 75% of House Republicans voting in support.

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Georgetown Students Elect New President With Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on Quick News by Ej Marin on March 01, 2017
Georgetown Students Elect New President With Ranked Choice Voting

On February 24th, Georgetown University, one of the more than 50 US colleges and universities that use ranked choice voting, had one of its closest student government elections in recent history.

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Iowa Senator Introduces Ranked Choice Voting Legislation

Posted on Quick News by Ej Marin on March 01, 2017
Iowa Senator Introduces RCV Bill

Iowa recently became one of 18 states to see legislation advancing ranked choice voting introduced this year.

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Explaining Moonlight's Surprise Oscar Win

Posted on Quick News by Rob Richie on February 27, 2017
Explaining Moonlight's Surprise Oscar Win

Last night, the steadfast viewers seeing the Oscar telecast to the end experienced a shocking moment: "La La Land" was wrongly read as the Best Picture winner, only to soon be corrected with the actual winner, Moonlight. But what we really can productively learn relates to the virtues of the ranked choice voting ('instant runoff") system used by the Academy since 2009 to elect Best Picture.

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Rep. Mark Pocan Re-Introduces Right to Vote Amendment

Posted on Quick News by Austin Plier on February 21, 2017
Rep. Mark Pocan Re-Introduces Right to Vote Amendment

On February 15th, 2017, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-2) re-introduced a bill to amend the U.S. Constitution to explicitly grant all citizens of legal age the right to vote. As of February 21st, the bill had 28 co-sponsors.

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New Mexico Senate First to Pass National Popular Vote Plan in 2017

Posted on Quick News by Rob Richie on February 21, 2017
New Mexico Senate First to Pass National Popular Vote Plan in 2017

On Presidents Day, the New Mexico state senate became the first chamber to pass the National Popular Plan, by a margin of 26-16. It now moves onto the house. The legislation has been introduced in many other states as well.

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DNC Chair Will Need Majority, Like an Instant Runoff

Posted on Quick News by Rob Richie on February 20, 2017
DNC Chair Will Need Majority, Like an Instant Runoff

It's the final week in the highly competitive race to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee. As people gear up for the Saturday vote, keep in mind that with 10 candidates, it's highly unlikely that anybody will earn a majority of the initial vote. Instead, in what amounts to a series of runoffs, the winner will ultimately be the candidate who represents a majority of voters.

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House Committee Votes to Eliminate Agency Tasked With Improving Elections

Posted on Quick News by Chris Hughes on February 10, 2017
House Committee Votes to Eliminate Agency Tasked With Improving Elections

The House Committee on Administration voted this week to advance H.R. 634, the Election Assistance Commission Termination Act, to consideration by Congress. The bill proposes eliminating the Election Assistance Commission, an agency designed to safeguard and improve administration of elections in the United States.

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Not a Popularity Contest: Facebook “Likes” as Election Predictors

Posted on Quick News by Shane Wade on February 06, 2017

Evanston Now, ranked their mayoral candidates based on Facebook “likes.” Will the likes match the results?

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FEC Ordered to Scrutinize Presidential Debate Rules

Posted on Quick News by Maya Efrati on February 03, 2017
FEC Ordered to Scrutinize Presidential Debate Rules

When America goes to the polls to choose a new president every four years, the Presidential Debates are a key way that citizens learn about the candidates and decide who to support. Unfortunately, the Commission on Presidential Debates (the CPD) has long excluded

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