Pages tagged "Ranked choice voting"


Voter Error in Top Two Primary Can Be Far Higher than in RCV Races

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie, Eli Hanson-metayer on August 12, 2014

You might think that nothing could be easier than voting for one candidate in an election, but analysis of voter error in California’s Top Two primary system shows surprisingly high rates of invalidated ballots in such vote-for-one elections; much higher than the normal error rate in elections conducted by ranked choice voting.

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The Case for Ranked Voting in the Republican Presidential Nomination Contest

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on June 20, 2014

The use of ranked choice voting to elect the Republican Presidential nominee would ensure that the ultimate winner has the broadest base of support and the best chance of winning in November.

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Voter Turnout Lags in America's 22 Largest Cities

Posted on What's New by Jessica Kincaid on June 12, 2014

Mayors of nearly half of America’s 22 largest cities were elected by fewer than one in five registered voters – and in two of these cities more than nine in ten registered voters stayed home.

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Fix the Top Two Primary: Admirable Goals Don’t Justify Indefensible Outcomes

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose, Anthony Ramicone on June 11, 2014

California on June 3rd held its primary elections, which are conducted using a "top two" format. In this analysis, we assess the impact of top two and provide a solution for a way forward.

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Reforming the Australian Senate

Posted on What's New by Sarah John on June 06, 2014

Australia's Senate is elected by a method of ranked choice voting that forces voters to rank every candidate on the ballot. But after a variety of quirky minor parties have made their way into the Senate, it might be time to allow voters the freedom to not rank all candidates.

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Unorthodox Results in Iowa Primaries Make the Case for Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on What's New by Anthony Ramicone on June 05, 2014

Iowa's primaries created distorted outcomes that show exactly why states need to consider ranked choice voting. 

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Fixing Top Two with Open General Elections: the Colorado Innovation

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on May 27, 2014

Opening primary elections to include all voters should not mean closing general elections when most people vote, as it has in California and Washington and may soon in Oregon. Fortunately, an alternative proposal in Colorado is gaining momentum.

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Proven Innovations to Uphold Voting Rights for Overseas Voters

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on May 20, 2014

FairVote has just submitted written testimony to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration arguing for a fairer approach to accommodating the needs of deployed military and overseas voters.

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UCLA Uses RCV to Elect a More Representative Student Government

Posted on What's New by Ben Petit on May 15, 2014

In a highly competitive election that brought over 8 thousand voters to the polls, students at UCLA used ranked choice voting (RCV) to elect student government officials last week. With 30 candidates vying for 13 offices, these elections showed that ranked choice voting can help students to elect officers that represent a broad range of voices in a large and diverse community.

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Open General Elections Deserve Support in Colorado

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on May 06, 2014

On Tuesday, April 29th, a group of Colorado activists called The Coalition for a New Colorado Election System held a press conference to announce that it has begun collecting signatures for a new approach to election reform. This approach will both open the primaries to independent voters while simultaneously opening the general election to real electoral competition.

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