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Thinking "Outside the Vox" on Best Picture and Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie on February 20, 2017
Thinking

Ranked choice voting is a smart system for the Oscars to use after increasing its number of Best Picture nominees. It's not rewarding mediocrity, but at least making sure that the "passion vote" is backed up with a majority vote.

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Reform Roundup: February 10th, 2017

Posted on What's New by Paul Murphy on February 10, 2017
Reform Roundup: February 10th, 2017

Catch up on the week’s electoral reform news with our round up of folks across the country writing and talking about FairVote reform vision.

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Maine Legislators Should Respect the Will of the People

Posted on What's New by Grace Ramsey on February 02, 2017
Maine Legislators Should Respect the Will of the People

When Maine voters adopted ranked choice voting on November 8, 2016, the result was heralded as “hope for the future.” However, a recent controversial move in South Dakota demonstrates how politicians can react to reform with knee-jerk opposition, and some worry that at least some Maine legislators are seeking a way to delay, or even repeal, ranked choice voting - against the wishes of the people.

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Wyoming Legislators Introduce Bills Advancing Electoral Reform

Posted on What's New by Ethan Fitzgerald on January 30, 2017
Wyoming Legislators Introduce Bills Advancing Electoral Reform

Wyoming State Senators Cale Case and Chris Rothfuss, along with Representative Dan Zwonitzer, recently filed a bill to move the state’s elections to “ranked pairs” voting. Rothfuss and Zwonitzer are also sponsors of a bill to establish a commission to study election issues, including alternative voting systems.

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Reform Roundup: January 27th, 2017

Posted on What's New by Paul Murphy on January 27, 2017
Reform Roundup: January 27th, 2017

Catch up on the week’s electoral reform news with our round up of folks across the country writing and talking about FairVote’s reform vision.

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Iowa Democrats Elect State Party Chair Using Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on What's New by Ethan Fitzgerald on January 27, 2017
Iowa Democrats Elect State Party Chair Using Ranked Choice Voting

In the first election for state chair using a single, ranked choice voting ballot, the Iowa Democratic Party elected Derek Eadon from a crowded field of seven candidates. Ranked choice voting allowed the committee to efficiently elect Eadon with a majority of the vote and choose a candidate who seems to have earned consensus support from different factions within the party.

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2017 Begins with Ranked Choice Voting Legislation in Nine States

Posted on What's New by Ethan Fitzgerald on January 25, 2017
2017 Begins with Ranked Choice Voting Legislation in Nine States

Building on the momentum of historic wins for ranked choice voting in Maine and Benton County, Oregon, lawmakers from Massachusetts to Hawaii have introduced bills that would expand its use in their states.

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Reform Roundup: January 13th, 2017

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on January 13, 2017
Reform Roundup: January 13th, 2017

Catch up on the week’s electoral reform news with our round up of folks across the country writing and talking about FairVote’s reform vision.

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Vote Like the Academy: Oscars 2017

Posted on What's New by Shane Wade on January 12, 2017
Vote Like the Academy: Oscars 2017

Academy Award nomination voting began Thursday, January 5, and runs through Friday, January 13. By using ranked choice voting, the Academy allows a variety of nominees to be considered--from blockbuster hits, to independent films.

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All RCV Elections in the Bay Area So Far Have Produced Condorcet Winners

Posted on What's New by Theodore Landsman on January 06, 2017
Every RCV Election in the Bay Area So Far Has Produced Condorcet Winners

San Francisco started using ranked choice voting in 2004. Since then, four Bay Area cities have held 138 elections for the 53 offices elected in those cities. In every single instance, the winner of the election has been the candidate who would defeat all others in a head-to-head contest -- that is, “the Condorcet winner.”

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