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Ranked Choice Voting is Coming to Memphis

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose, Myeisha Boyd on August 01, 2017
Ranked Choice Voting is Coming to Memphis

In 2008, Memphis, Tennessee adopted ranked choice voting (RCV) by a landslide, with 70 percent of voters in favor of a city charter amendment. RCV, also known as instant runoff voting, allows voters to rank candidates in order of choice and eliminates the need for runoff elections.

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Why Ranked Choice Voting is the Right Thing for Santa Fe

Posted on What's New by Author Maria Perez on July 14, 2017
Why Ranked Choice Voting is the Right Thing for Santa Fe

For the first time in Santa Fe, New Mexico history, there will be a full-time mayor elected in March of 2018 with additional powers, duties and a higher salary. It is important that the majority of Santa Fe voters elect the new mayor with ranked choice voting (RCV), an electoral reform that was approved by city voters 9 years ago and has yet to be implemented.

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Ranked Choice Voting Remains the Law of the Land in Maine

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on June 30, 2017
Ranked Choice Voting Remains the Law of the Land in Maine

A bill to repeal Maine’s first-in-the-nation adoption of ranked choice voting for all state races died in the state’s legislature on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017.

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Evaluating the Efficiency Gap as a Measure of Proportionality and Competition

Posted on What's New by Theodore Landsman on May 31, 2017
Evaluating the Efficiency Gap as a Measure of Proportionality and Competition

The “efficiency gap” was first proposed by Stephanopoulos and McGhee in a 2015 paper, and it has emerged as a way to prove evidence of bias that even defenders of distorted maps could not deny.

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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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New NYC "I Voted" sticker chosen with ranked choice voting

Posted on What's New by Ethan Fitzgerald on May 17, 2017
New NYC

Last Thursday, NYC Votes announced the winning design of this year’s “I Voted” sticker contest using ranked choice voting.

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Reform Roundup: February 10th, 2017

Posted on What's New by Paul Murphy on February 10, 2017
Reform Roundup: February 10th, 2017

Catch up on the week’s electoral reform news with our round up of folks across the country writing and talking about FairVote reform vision.

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Maine Legislators Should Respect the Will of the People

Posted on What's New by Grace Ramsey on February 02, 2017
Maine Legislators Should Respect the Will of the People

When Maine voters adopted ranked choice voting on November 8, 2016, the result was heralded as “hope for the future.” However, a recent controversial move in South Dakota demonstrates how politicians can react to reform with knee-jerk opposition, and some worry that at least some Maine legislators are seeking a way to delay, or even repeal, ranked choice voting - against the wishes of the people.

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Wyoming Legislators Introduce Bills Advancing Electoral Reform

Posted on What's New by Ethan Fitzgerald on January 30, 2017
Wyoming Legislators Introduce Bills Advancing Electoral Reform

Wyoming State Senators Cale Case and Chris Rothfuss, along with Representative Dan Zwonitzer, recently filed a bill to move the state’s elections to “ranked pairs” voting. Rothfuss and Zwonitzer are also sponsors of a bill to establish a commission to study election issues, including alternative voting systems.

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Reform Roundup: January 27th, 2017

Posted on What's New by Paul Murphy on January 27, 2017
Reform Roundup: January 27th, 2017

Catch up on the week’s electoral reform news with our round up of folks across the country writing and talking about FairVote’s reform vision.

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