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Election Day, Maine news, Comedy Central & more!

Posted on eblasts by Rob Richie on November 07, 2017
Election Day, Maine news, Comedy Central & more!

Our communications director and senior fellow David Daley will be the featured guest at 11:30 pm tonight on Comedy Central.

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Today's Elections in Cape Coral & Ft. Myers: A Ranked Choice Voting Perspective

Posted on What's New by Shane Mckibben on October 03, 2017
Today's Elections in Cape Coral & Ft. Myers: A Ranked Choice Voting Perspective

For all of the Cape Coral and Ft. Myers primaries being held today, the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff on November 7th.

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Tale of Two Primaries and How to Uphold Majority Rule

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie on August 16, 2017
Tale of Two Primaries and How to Uphold Majority Rule

Next spring, states will start voting in primaries for the regularly scheduled congressional midterm elections in every state. On August 15, however, two states held primaries to fill vacancies -- for U.S. Senate in Alabama as the permanent replacement to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and for U.S House in Utah to fill Jason Chaffetz’ seat in the third congressional district. The outcomes were instructive for how rules matter -- with Alabama upholding majority rule and Utah allowing non-majority nomination winners -- and for why the nation should follow Maine’s ranked choice voting primaries with a close eye next June.

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Alabama’s U.S. Senate Primary will use Ranked Choice Voting for Overseas Voters

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose, Myeisha Boyd on August 15, 2017
Alabama’s U.S. Senate Primary will use Ranked Choice Voting for Overseas Voters

Today, voters in Alabama will vote in the primary election for U.S. Senate, to fill Jeff Session’s vacant seat. However, military and overseas voters have already been voting - and they had the opportunity to rank their choices with an “instant runoff” ballot.

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Canada’s New Democratic Party Will Use Ranked Choice Voting to Elect Leadership

Posted on What's New by John Patrick Thomas on August 14, 2017
Canada’s New Democratic Party Will Use Ranked Choice Voting to Elect Leadership

Canada’s New Democratic Party Will Use Ranked Choice Voting to Elect Leadership

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Interview: How Unitarian Universalists Elected President with Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on What's New by Myeisha Boyd on August 07, 2017
Interview: How Unitarian Universalists Elected President with Ranked Choice Voting

On June 24, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) elected Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray as its ninth president. She was the winner of a three way race held with ranked choice voting (RCV), also known as instant runoff voting.

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A Strong Argument for Multi-Member Districts & Ranked Choice Voting in Georgia

Posted on What's New by Madeline Brown on July 25, 2017
A Strong Argument for Multi-Member Districts & Ranked Choice Voting in Georgia

On June 20, in a special election for Georgia’s 6th house district Karen Handel defeated Jon Ossoff, ending a campaign that had started almost the moment the 2016 campaign had ended. The whole country seemed to be paying attention to the first big contested race in the Trump era, which was portrayed as a precursor to 2018 congressional elections. In the end, the race was negative and grueling--with one of the final ads associating Ossoff with an “unhinged left” that endorsed the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise. But it didn’t have to be.

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The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Asian American and Pacific Islander Voting Rights and Representation

The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Asian American and Pacific Islander Voting Rights and Representation

While Asian American and Pacific Islanders (API) may be the smallest community in many jurisdictions, it is still the fastest growing and most diverse demographic in the country. API voters and their preferred candidates are particularly underrepresented by our current winner-take-all rules.

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Local Elections in Texas Demonstrate the Power - and Limits - of Cumulative Voting Rights

Posted on What's New by Maya Efrati on May 19, 2017
Local Elections in Texas Demonstrate the Power - and Limits - of Cumulative Voting Rights

On May 6th, voters in more than 50 Texas jurisdictions went to the polls to elect local representatives with cumulative voting rights. Cumulative voting, a form of fair representation voting, has been successful in empowering racial and ethnic minority voters in Texas, but this year’s election demonstrated its limitations as well.

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How to Get Elected to Congress With Only 50,595 Votes

Posted on What's New by Theodore Landsman on March 15, 2017
How to Get Elected to Congress With Only 50,595 Votes

In the 2016 U.S. House election, Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) won reelection in a race with just 62,655 votes cast (or 8.1% of the district’s 2010 census population). Meanwhile, Ryan Zinke (MT) won his 2016 re-election bid with more than 507,000 votes cast, and earned more than five times as many votes as Bridenstein on his way to a victory that was (relatively) close. How can this be?

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