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Ferguson-Florissant Appeals VRA Case

Posted on Quick News by Maya Efrati on December 13, 2016

The Ferguson-Florissant school board has appealed the judge's order finding that it violated the Voting Rights Act and ordering that the school board use cumulative voting going forward.

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"Strengthening Democracy in Canada" - The Special Committee's Report Released

Posted on Quick News by Drew Penrose on December 02, 2016

In August, 2016, we highlighted our testimony to Canada's Special Committee on Electoral Reform. Yesterday, that committee released its report, which recommends that Canada adopt proportional representation, as well as a number of other pro-voter democratic changes.

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Illegal Voting Claims by Trump Misconstrue the Real Need for Election Integrity

Posted on Quick News by Maya Efrati on December 01, 2016
Illegal Voting Claims by Trump Misconstrue the Real Need for Election Integrity

The recent Presidential election has ignited an enormous amount of discussion regarding both the way that votes for the presidential election are cast, as well as the possibility of fraud in that election system. President-Elect Donald J. Trump claimed that millions voted illegally, but no evidence of this exists.

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Federal Standards for Presidential Recounts Needed

Posted on Quick News by Drew Penrose on November 30, 2016

Since the Florida recount was halted after the 2000 election, the need for federal action on presidential recounts has been plain, and the 2016 election has again clarified its need. The invaluable resource on presidential elections, Every Vote Equal, makes the case for just such a law.

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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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