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Running Ranked Choice Voting Elections with OpaVote

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on August 18, 2016
Running Ranked Choice Voting Elections with OpaVote

OpaVote is a website for running elections online, and in this blog post we interview, Jeff O'Neill, the founder of OpaVote and a former FairVote legal intern in 2003. If you are part of an organization that holds elections using ranked choice voting, then you may find OpaVote a useful service for running your election.

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State Parties Turn to Ranked Choice Voting Systems to Make Convention Elections More Representative

Posted on What's New by Harry Leeser on August 01, 2016
State Parties Turn to Ranked Choice Voting Systems to Make Convention Elections More Representative

Every four years, the Democratic and Republican parties’ national conventions draw an enormous amount of public attention as the parties select their presidential candidates and set their direction for the next four years. However, much less attention is paid to the smaller state and local conventions that are also held in the leadup to the national convention. Each of these conventions has its own rules, including the rules governing how the nominees to be selected at the convention will be chosen, and how the various party officials will be elected.

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In Writing Their Platforms, Parties Strive For a More Open Electoral System

Posted on What's New by Samantha Washington on July 14, 2016
In Writing Their Platforms, Parties Strive For a More Open Electoral System

It’s July in an election year which means that, among other things, it’s convention time. In the lead up to the conventions, parties are in a flurry of preparation, trying to get every element of their respective events together in time for the opening gavel.

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Reform Roundup: June 3rd, 2016

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on June 03, 2016
Reform Roundup: June 3rd, 2016

The latest roundup of press covering FairVote's reform vision, including pieces in TIME Magazine, Newsweek, In These Times, and The New York Times.

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Over 12,500 vote in UC Berkeley Ranked Choice Voting Election

Posted on What's New by Ethan Fitzgerald on April 14, 2016
Over 12,500 vote in UC Berkeley Ranked Choice Voting Election

More than 12,500 of Berkeley’s roughly 38,000 students (32%) participated in this year’s election for the Associated Students of the University of California Senate and executive branch. This level of turnout is impressive in student elections and can be, at least in part, attributed to the dynamic climate around campus politics at Berkeley.

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New York City Includes RCV in State Legislative Agenda

Posted on What's New by Grace Ramsey on March 22, 2016
New York City Includes RCV in State Legislative Agenda

The New York City Council took a step forward in improving elections by including the adoption of ranked choice voting in its legislative agenda for the New York State Legislature. The City Council wrote in favor of legislation proposed by Assemblyman Brian Kavanaugh that would allow New York City to implement RCV for citywide primary elections.

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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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Montgomery County State Delegation Will Consider RCV Option for Special Elections

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on January 15, 2016
Montgomery County State Delegation Will Consider RCV Option for Special Elections

The Maryland General Assembly (Maryland’s state legislature) has begun its 2016 legislative session. In Montgomery County (Maryland’s most populous county and home to FairVote) Delegates to the General Assembly will consider a local bill that represents an important step forward in advancing ranked choice voting (RCV) for County elections.

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An Opportunity to Expand Suffrage in Montgomery County

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on January 05, 2016
An Opportunity to Expand Suffrage in Montgomery County

This legislative session, members of the Maryland state legislature from Montgomery County will have an opportunity to start a conversation about suffrage and representation. When the 2016 session starts on January 13th, legislators will consider local bill MC 25-16, which would amend the Maryland Constitution to allow the County to expand voting rights to non-citizen residents, as well as 16 and 17 year olds, for Board of Education elections.

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New Zealand holds national election with ranked choice voting

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie on December 15, 2015
New Zealand holds national election with ranked choice voting

New Zealand uses RCV in several of its major cities, including mayor and city council of Wellington, and just held a national referendum with ranked choice voting, called “preferential voting” in the country. The government has invested tens of millions of dollars in a two-round process in which the current flag will face off against the flag that was chosen in a recent RCV election among five alternative flags.

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