Pages tagged "Ranked choice voting"


Ranked Choice Voting and Australia's Upcoming Elections: A Primer

Posted on What's New by Andrew Douglas on August 30, 2013

In September 7th's Australian national election, ranked choice voting will allow voters to choose from a wide range of electoral options while eliminating concerns over "spoilers" and wasted votes.

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The Case for Ranked Choice Ballots for Military and Overseas Voters

Posted on What's New on August 14, 2013

States and local jurisdictions that use runoff elections with sequential balloting seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to respecting the votes of their deployed military and other absentee voters. Ranked choice voting gives these places the best of both worlds.

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FairVote's Fix for Top Two in California

Posted on What's New on June 18, 2013

FairVote has consistently been at the forefront of critical analysis of Top Two. Now, we are proud to announce a new Policy Perspective detailing a simple reform that could help to resolve nearly all of Top Two's maladies in a way that both accommodates the goals of Top Two supporters and the criticisms of its opponents. 

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Help FairVote MN's Ranked Choice Voting Video Win Thousands of Dollars For Fairer Elections!

Posted on What's New on May 15, 2013

Today is the last day to show your support for ranked choice voting and FairVote Minnesota in the Looking@Democracy contest. Vote now!

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When Barack Obama Was a Leader in Seeking Fair Voting Systems

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose, Rob Richie on December 20, 2012

President Barack Obama has a lot on his mind these days, but the state of our democracy remains critical. Fortunately, judging by Obama's record in the Illinois Senate --where he was the prime sponsor of legislation to advance cumulative voting and instant runoff voting - we haven't had a president as informed about good ideas for taking on electoral reform since James Madison and the founding generation. 

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FairVote's First Take on RCV Elections in Four Bay Area Cities

Posted on What's New by Mollie Hailey on November 12, 2012

Ballots for Tuesday’s ranked choice voting (RCV) elections in four cities in the Bay Area are still being counted, but it is clear that RCV has again worked well. FairVote found that voters used the system effectively, election officials were smart to make it a true "instant runoff" and candidates of color again were elected in high numbers.

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New Report Analyzes the Effect of Top Two in Washington State

Posted on What's New on October 25, 2012

 The Top Two primary system has drawn increasing attention as a way to reform our elections. Instead of conducting ordinary partisan primaries, Top Two jurisdictions run an open preliminary in which all candidates run against each other irrespective of party label. Then, the two candidates who receive the most votes run against each other again in the general election. In a new report, FairVote takes a "just the facts" approach to how Top Two has operated in Washington State since 2008.  

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FairVote Report: Low Turnout Plagues U.S. Mayoral Elections, but San Francisco is Highest

Posted on What's New on October 24, 2012

A new dataset compiled by FairVote reveals that low voter turnout is pervasive in recent mayoral elections in the 22 largest U.S. cities.

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Putin's United Russia Wins Resounding Victories in Local Elections

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on October 18, 2012

As the results of Russia's October 14 local elections show, the rumors of United Russia's death have been greatly exaggerated. But did Vladimir Putin's party manipulate Russia's electoral laws to keep power?

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Revealing Evidence of Who Votes — and Who Doesn't — in Local Elections

Posted on What's New by Stephen Mortellaro on September 27, 2012

Demographic data reveals interesting trends in voter turnout in the recent Takoma Park election using instant runoff voting.

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