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North Carolina’s Elimination of Primary Runoffs Shows Why Ranked Choice Voting is a Better Way

Posted on What's New by Kelsey Kober on October 27, 2016
North Carolina’s Elimination of Primary Runoffs Shows Why Ranked Choice Voting is a Better Way

North Carolina’s decision to eliminate primary runoffs echoes FairVote’s critique of runoffs. In lieu of primary runoffs or plurality voting, North Carolina and other states should adopt ranked choice voting to ensure that elected officials win with broad support and avoid the expense and inconvenience of dragging voters back for another election.

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Constitution Day 2016

Posted on What's New by Ben Fogarty on September 16, 2016
Constitution Day 2016

Constitution Day, celebrated annually on September 17th, commemorates the founding fathers who designed and signed the Constitution in 1787. To celebrate, FairVote reflects on the founders’ vision for American democracy and how ranked choice voting corresponds with that vision.

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VotePact: Do It Yourself Voting Reform

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie on September 13, 2016
VotePact: Do It Yourself Voting Reform

FairVote profiles an idea from Sam Husseini of VotePact.org, who agreed to sit down with us and explain his plan.

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Georgia's Costly, Low Turnout Runoffs Can Be a Thing of the Past

Posted on What's New by Ben Fogarty on September 09, 2016
Georgia's Costly, Low Turnout Runoffs Can Be a Thing of the Past

Throughout this election season, FairVote has followed primary runoffs around the country and written about their many failings, including the enormous cost of one Alabama runoff and the dismal turnout for Texas’s runoffs. Unfortunately, Georgia’s July 26th contests appear to be another example of these failings.

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Fractured Primaries and the 2016 Congressional Elections

Posted on What's New by Haley Smith on September 08, 2016
Fractured Primaries and the 2016 Congressional Elections

Tennessee’s August 4th primary featured a particularly brutal battle for the Republican nomination in the Volunteer State’s 8th Congressional district. In an opportunity to claim Republican Stephen Fincher’s open seat, thirteen Republican candidates put their hat in the ring for their party’s nomination, with former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff coming out on top. But, the crowded field of candidates led to highly fractured results, and Kustoff’s victory came with only 27 percent of the vote.

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This Congressional Race Helps Show What’s Wrong with American Elections

Posted on What's New by Ethan Fitzgerald on June 30, 2016
This Congressional Race Helps Show What’s Wrong with American Elections

In addition to forcing different groups of voters to compete for the scarce representation they are afforded by this system, the way we elect Congress is also plagued by issues such as plurality winners, turnout gaps, vote-splitting, single-party dominance, and incumbency advantages. All of these were on display in the District 13 primary, and all of these contribute to making Congress so dysfunctional.

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How California Incumbents Fare under Top-Two Voting

Posted on What's New by Peter Jarka-sellers on June 17, 2016
How California Incumbents Fare under Top-Two Voting

Every election cycle one of the most notable types of results is an incumbent candidate losing their seat, especially when that candidate loses in a primary. Of course, it doesn’t happen very often in our congressional primaries.

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California's 2016 Top Two Primary Results at a Glance

California's 2016 Top Two Primary Results at a Glance

The 2016 primary marked the third election cycle of statewide races when California employed the “Top Two” method, in which candidates from all parties for State Assembly, State Senate, US House, and this year, Barbara Boxer’s open US Senate seat, appeared on the same ballot. FairVote will be providing more extensive analysis of this unique system’s outcomes in the coming weeks, but we wanted to share a few key findings now.

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Texas Should Pay for One Election Instead of Two

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on May 27, 2016
Texas Should Pay for One Election Instead of Two

On Tuesday, May 24th, voters across the state of Texas were asked to return to the polls for several runoff elections. Turnout was dismal with less than 4 percent and of registered voters participating--a 20.3 percent drop from the primary election that was held on March 1st. Texas should adopt ranked choice voting for primary elections to replace costly, low-turnout runoffs like the one held Tuesday.

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2016 Presidential Primary Voter Turnout Analysis To Date

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Austin Plier on May 06, 2016
2016 Presidential Primary Voter Turnout Analysis To Date

As of May 3rd, 2016, more than 75% states have held either presidential primaries or caucuses. FairVote has compiled the number of votes casts in state primaries for each candidate to this point, as well as the reported number of votes in state caucuses--though caucus numbers are less reliable than primary elections. Here is summary analysis of voter state presidential primary election turnout to this point in the nomination process.

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