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The Role of Ranked Choice Voting in 2013

Posted on What's New Drew Spencer Penrose, Rob Richie on November 29, 2013

If you followed the local elections and the special elections that took place in 2013, you probably heard some stories about ranked choice voting - and there's a good chance they were positive.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts Elections a Model for America

Posted on What's New Andrew Douglas on November 01, 2013

Cambridge, Massachusetts will elect a new City Council and School Committee on Tuesday through one of the nation's only ranked choice multi-seat electoral systems.  The system has unique advantages that lead to fairer and more representative outcomes for the city's voters.

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Top Two (With a Twist) for Oregon?

Posted on What's New on October 18, 2013

In 2008, Oregon voters rejected a ballot initiative for a Top Two system by a nearly two-to-one vote. In 2014, Top Two may be back on the ballot, but this time tied to a famous Oregonian name and with a twist.

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Ranked Choice Voting Vs. Block Voting: The Effects of Electoral Structure in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Posted on What's New Andrew Douglas on October 04, 2013

Ballot data from November's Cambridge City Council election can be used to simulate a vote using block voting, the most common method for the election of city councils in the United States.  The results illustrate the value of the Cambridge system for ensuring fair representation of political and ethnic minority groups.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts Voters Elect City Council and School Committee Using Ranked Choice Voting and Multi-Member Districts

Posted on What's New Andrew Douglas on October 04, 2013

Voters in Cambridge, Massachusetts elected a new city government earlier this month, using ranked choice voting in multi-member districts as they have in every municipal election since 1941. This year's contest provides another illustration of the advantages of this system, including fair representation of minorities, reduced negative campaigning, and greater voter satisfaction.

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

Posted on What's New 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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Zimbabwe: Fairer Election Methods, but Trouble at the Polls

Posted on What's New Andrew Douglas, Matt Sommerfeld on August 19, 2013

The addition of proportionally allocated seats in Zimbabwe's parliament is a positive development, but one that has been overshadowed by concerns over the legitimacy of recent elections.

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Moderates Nearly Extinct in the U.S. House

Posted on What's New Andrew Douglas on August 07, 2013

While many Americans describe themselves as ideological moderates, centrists have become increasingly rare in the House of Representatives, where their decline has contributed to congressional dysfunction and polarization.  The pace of the decline of House moderates over the last forty years has been remarkable.

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Testimony on Importance of Strong Voting Rights Act

Posted on What's New Mollie Hailey on June 24, 2013

FairVote this week joined diverse organizations in affirming the continuing necessity of the fully implemented Voting Rights Act - the most critical piece of civil rights legislation.

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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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