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FairVote to Assess Opportunities for State Litigation

Posted on What's New by Mohamed Aziz on October 28, 2016
FairVote to Assess Opportunities for State Litigation

Public interest litigation plays an important role in enacting and influencing reform, albeit imperfect and oftentimes unsuccessful. As an undoubtedly necessary strategy within the legal framework of our democratic society, attorneys can improve its effectiveness in order to better embolden and strengthen social reformers. This year, FairVote plans to publish an audit of state constitutions and courts to help prospective litigators know when seeking changes through litigation is most likely to be beneficial.

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FairVote Legal Staff Promote Fair Representation Voting in Law Review Issue Celebrating Voting Rights Act

Posted on What's New by Chris Hughes on August 24, 2016
FairVote Legal Staff Promote Fair Representation Voting in Law Review Issue Celebrating Voting Rights Act

Last year was the 50th Anniversary of the March on Selma and the passage of the seminal Voting Rights Act of 1965, which changed the course of minority voting power in American politics, and just last week celebrated its 51st Anniversary. To honor that legacy, the Cumberland Law Review at the Stamford School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama dedicated an issue of its most recent volume to the history, impact, and future of the VRA, to which FairVote contributed an article about adopting ranked choice voting in multi-winner districts for Congress.

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Voting Rights Groups Act to Secure 17-Year-Old Primary Voting in Ohio

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose, Chris Hughes on March 09, 2016
Voting Rights Groups Act to Secure 17-Year-Old Primary Voting in Ohio

Earlier this week the ACLU of Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN), and Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Campaign each took action against the Ohio Secretary of State for his attempts to restrict 17-year-old voting in that state’s March 15 presidential primary.

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New Legislation in 13 States to Expand Use of Ranked Choice Voting in 2016

Posted on What's New by Ethan Fitzgerald on February 09, 2016
New Legislation in 13 States to Expand Use of Ranked Choice Voting in 2016

With a new year comes a new legislative session in state houses around the U.S. 2016 has seen state legislators nationwide use this opportunity to empower voters by introducing bills that create new uses of ranked choice voting (RCV) at the state and local levels. Just one month into this year’s session, at least 27 pro-RCV bills have been introduced in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

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Voting Rights in the Supreme Court

Posted on What's New by Elliot Louthen on December 17, 2015
Voting Rights in the Supreme Court

Last Tuesday, December 8th, the Supreme Court debated the issues of voting rights and redistricting as it heard the cases Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and Evenwel v. Abbott. While FairVote does not have an official position on either case, both of these have considerable potential to affect electoral reform and transform representation as we know it.

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FairVote in the Supreme Court

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on August 27, 2015
FairVote in the Supreme Court

This month, FairVote submitted amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs along with the Center for Competitive Democracy in the Supreme Court for two cases. One concerns closed primaries in New Jersey; the other concerns the "top two" system in California. In both, FairVote hopes to inform the Court of the various options states have for primary election and ballot access reform, and how those choices can affect voters.

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