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Trump Moves into Majority Position in GOP Nomination Contest

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie on March 23, 2016
Trump Moves into Majority Position in GOP Nomination Contest

As the field has been reduced to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, Trump’s frontrunner status is seemingly being accepted by more grassroots Republican voters, and he is poised to be the majority nominee for the Republican Party.

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Simulating Top Two Primary in Michigan and North Carolina Reveals Correctable Problem

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie on March 17, 2016
Simulating Top Two Primary in Michigan and North Carolina Reveals Correctable Problem

The presidential primary season presents a lot of important angles for understanding electoral rules, and Michigan and North Carolina are great examples of the problems a Top Two primary would pose to voters. Both states also demonstrate the opportunity for a better solution in ranked choice voting.

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Primary Focus: Proportional Primaries Respect All Votes

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on March 16, 2016
Primary Focus: Proportional Primaries Respect All Votes

Last night, the Republican party held their first winner-take-all primaries in Ohio and Florida, while Democrats continued with strictly proportional contests in all five of their voting states. The differences in these delegate allocation methods have major ramifications for how the nomination race is unfolding for each party.

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Ranked Choice Poll of GOP Voters Yields Insights

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett on March 14, 2016
Ranked Choice Poll of GOP Voters Yields Insights

As the Primaries season continues into March, many watching the race are increasingly eager to crown winners and losers, not just in specific states, but for the entire nomination contest. With attention honed in on coronating a victor, it’s useful to remember that the “winner” in plurality elections often fails to reflect a majority of voters.

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Simulating Instant Runoff Flips Most Donald Trump Primary Victories

Posted on What's New by Andrew Douglas, Rob Richie, Elliot Louthen on March 04, 2016
Simulating Instant Runoff Flips Most Donald Trump Primary Victories

If Super Tuesday contests had been conducted with ranked choice voting -- a proven system that empowers voters to rank candidates by preference in order to elect the candidate with the strongest support and the one most likely to garner the support of a majority -- the results would look very different. Our models suggest that Trump would have won Alabama and Massachusetts, competed in toss-up races in Tennessee and Vermont, and lost the remaining seven states.

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Primary Focus: Super Tuesday

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on March 02, 2016
Primary Focus: Super Tuesday

As we get closer and closer to the national conventions for both parties, the rules surrounding how delegates are allocated and how they vote are taking center stage.

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Primary Focus: Civility, The Missing Ingredient

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on February 26, 2016
Primary Focus: Civility, The Missing Ingredient

With ranked choice voting (RCV), voters are exposed to a different type of election experience. Voters benefit from indicating their full preference among candidates by ranking their options instead of only choosing one. In addition, voters see less negativity between candidates.

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Without an Instant Runoff, Trump Favored to Win GOP Nomination

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie on February 26, 2016
Without an Instant Runoff, Trump Favored to Win GOP Nomination

Last night Donald Trump received harder body blows than ever before in a Republican presidential debate, but it may be too late for those seeking to stop his run to the GOP nomination.

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Primary Focus: Youth Engagement in Primaries

Posted on What's New by Molly Rockett, Demarquin Johnson on February 22, 2016
Primary Focus: Youth Engagement in Primaries

FairVote is a national advocate for 17-year-old participation in primary elections. We provide resources for citizens, legislators, and researchers who are advocating on this issue. Currently, only twenty-one states permit 17-year-olds who will turn 18 on or before Election Day to vote in one or both political parties’ nominating contest.

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2016 Electoral Reform Bills

Posted on What's New by Elliot Louthen on February 18, 2016
2016 Electoral Reform Bills

2016 is shaping up to be a promising legislative year for election reform. Just a few weeks into this year’s session, state legislators have introduced dozens of bills to advance electoral reform, illustrating the broad impact of FairVote’s thought leadership.

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