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Italy's Referendum Threatens Electoral Integrity

Posted on Quick News by Mohamed Aziz on November 29, 2016

On December 4th, 2016, the Italian government will stage a referendum aimed at overhauling the government by disrupting its “perfectly symmetric” bicameral legislature. They should think twice about altering the integrity of Italy’s electoral system.

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Ballotpedia's Useful Summary of Election Results

Posted on Quick News by Drew Penrose on November 29, 2016

Ballotpedia calls itself "The Encyclopedia of American Politics." It provides numerous invaluable resources on a variety of topics. Lately, a particularly useful page is their simple table of election results certification dates.

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Turnout in the 2016 Presidential Election

Posted on Quick News by Haley Smith on November 16, 2016
Turnout in the 2016 Presidential Election

By October 31st, over 22 million people had cast early votes for the 2016 presidential election. In some states, like Texas and California, the number of early votes was up substantially from 2012. Despite a rise in the number of early votes cast, early returns from the November 8th election suggested turnout was actually at a low, with some outlets reporting that voter turnout was nearly the lowest it had been in a presidential election in 20 years.

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Incumbency, Gerrymandering or Geography? Explaining the Democrats' Inability to Win the U.S. House

Posted on Quick News by Sarah John on November 06, 2016
Incumbency, Gerrymandering or Geography? Explaining the Democrats' Inability to Win the U.S. House

On Sabato’s Crystal Ball, Professor Alan I. Abramowitz writes that it is incumbency, not gerrymandering that is the reason the Democrats are unlikely to win a U.S. House majority, even with a Clinton landslide. FairVote agrees, to a point.

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New Atlantic Article Highlights Growing Geographic Divide

Posted on Quick News by Stephen Beban on October 30, 2016

In the The Atlantic, Brownstein and Askarinam examine recent voting trends showing that Democrats have gained support in urban areas, whilst Republicans have gained in rural and blue-collar areas.

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FiveThirtyEight looks at Ranked Choice Voting in Maine

Posted on Quick News by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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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