Terry Bouricius

Senior Outreach Advisor

Terry Bouricius

Terry Bouricius was elected to the Board of Aldermen in Burlington, Vermont in 1981. He served on the Board of Aldermen (city council) for ten years, and then for another decade as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. He was a founder of the Vermont Progressive Party, which has over a dozen elected officials currently serving. He has also worked as an election administrator for both governmental and non-profit organization elections. After leaving elective office in 2001, he worked with FairVote as an election reform policy analyst, with a particular focus on ranked choice voting, and is currently a senior fellow with FairVote. In 2015 he organized an international conference on 21st Century Democracy hosted by the Library of Alexandria in Egypt. He has published many articles and book chapters about democracy and sortition. Bouricius received his political science B.A. from Middlebury College in 1976. He is married with two children.

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Lost Votes in Vermont State Senate Elections

Posted on September 10, 2012

The partisan makeup of the Vermont legislature is not in line with the partisan vote for state officers. Democrats are under-represented in both the House and Senate.An analysis of withheld votes in the State Senate races in 2000, 1998, and 1996 reveals that the primary cause of this disproportionality is the tendency of Democratic voters to bullet vote, giving up some of their votes, and possibly splitting their ticket, at a far higher rate than Republican voters.  We calculate that partial franchise bullet voting on average results in Vermont voters withholding over 14% of the votes they are entitled to cast in State Senate races. 

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