This Week in the News: Electoral Reform Round Up

Posted by Molly Rockett on June 24, 2016

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:

  • Consumer advocate Ralph Nader emphasizes how electoral reform gives voters more choices and opens up the political process to third parties on WBUR Here & Now:You look at the polls and they show about 60 percent of the American people want a viable third party. Well, maybe if we have instant-runoff voting, maybe they'll start voting for a third political party and not simply say well, ‘We're going to go for the least worst because we know only one, a Republican or Democrat candidate, can win.’"

  • Professor Rob Baker endorses ranked choice voting as a reform that would make the primary process fairer and more democratic in the Dayton Daily News: “In the former, voters rank all candidates from most to least preferred. Computerized runoff elections then eliminate least-preferred candidates by transferring their supporters’ preferences to remaining candidates until a majority winner emerges.”

  • FairVote Minnesota's Jeanne Massey and former Congressman Tim Penny write a letter to endorse ranked choice voting in the Woodbury Bulletin: “Further, the absence of RCV in this year’s GOP primary race has practically ensured that the “winner” would emerge with just a small plurality of the vote. It’s also guaranteed highly divisive campaigns in both the Republican and Democratic primaries. Time to retire the crude, outmoded, first-past-the-post system in favor of one that promotes choice, civility, compromise, and consensus winners. RCV accomplishes these outcomes.”  

  • Professor David Courard-Hauri argues that ranked choice voting is the key to combating polarization and making room for third parties in The Des Moines Register: “[Instant Runoff Voting] would mean that people could vote their preferences, not their fears, and strong independents would not be tarred as spoilers. We might see five strong candidates running for president in November, not just Clinton and Trump, and everyone could vote for their favorite first, but then the “lesser of two evils” further down, just in case.  

  • Contributing Editor Peter Roff describes a ranked choice poll hosted by Americans for Tax Reform, and how it demonstrates the value of ranked choice voting in primaries for the U.S. News and World Report“It's an idea that's probably worth considering, and in both parties, each of which has just come through a fractious nominating process that has left a lot of egos bruised …The nominating process has been changed before, and substantially as King Caucus gave way to party meetings and eventually to primaries. Maybe it's time for another change.” 

  • The League of Women Voters of Maine affirms their position in favor of the the ranked choice voting ballot referendum that will will appear before voters in 2016 to the Press Herald: "Like many of our sister leagues around the country, we endorsed ranked-choice voting as the best solution for Maine because it’s the only reform that gives voters the freedom to support their favorite candidate without worrying that their vote might be wasted or, worse, split with like-minded voters to unintentionally help elect the candidate you like the least." 

  • Republican Clare Hudson Payne, a Lawyer from Holden Maine and member of the Maine Labor Relations Board, describes the benefits of ranked choice voting in the Bangor Daily News: "The benefits of ranked-choice voting are real. According to a survey conducted by Rutgers University, voters in American cities with ranked-choice voting reported less negative campaigning and show that these voters are more satisfied with the candidate campaigns."

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