Voices & Choices

What’s happening in Democracy (1-29-18-edition)

What’s happening in Democracy (1-29-18-edition)

‘Is there such a thing as being too nice?, Albuquerque Journal (Jan. 26, 2018)

Article: It was reported that candidates in this year’s mayoral race in Santa Fe have been civil with each other as they campaign.

How Gerrymandering got its groove on, The Philadelphia Citizen (Jan. 26, 2018)

Interview: Q&A with Dave Daley and Larry Platt on how the gerrymandering practice came to be, how Pennsylvania is ground zero for it, and how reform is on the way.

Oscars 2018: What to look out for, MSN Entertainment (Jan. 25, 2018)

The Oscars employs a preferential ballot (also known as, ranked choice voting), where voters’ second and third choices can be vital in deciding which film will win.

Who votes in Seattle Elections?, Sightline Institute (Jan. 25, 2018)

Kristin Eberhard makes the argument for giving voters more choice in Seattle by eliminating low turnout primaries and electing leaders with ranked choice voting.

Here’s how gerrymandering games U.S. elections-- and why this Pennsylvania decision matters, CBC News (Jan. 24, 2018)

Article: U.S. Supreme Court decision could put an end to the partisan way election districts are drawn. FairVote Communications Director David Daley is quoted.

Timeline of Ranked Choice Voting, Knight Canney (Jan. 16, 2018)

A timeline of how ranked choice voting has evolved over the years in Maine.

NH Primary Source: Legislator proposes bill for ‘ranked-choice’ voting in NH, WMUR9 (Jan. 18, 2018)

News Article: First term state Rep. Elizabeth Read introduced House Bill 1540 to drastically change New Hampshire’s election system to ranked-choice voting.

Dear Jeff Flake: time to start a third party, Vox (Jan. 16, 2018)

Article: Lee Drutman write proposal idea for Sen. Jeff Flake to start a third party in addition to changing electoral laws to make it easier, including getting behind the Fair Representation Act.

Hope Bill could bring ‘instant-runoff’ elections to Arlington, Inside Nova Washington, Virginia (Jan. 15, 2018)

News Article: Municipal elections in Arlington could move to an instant-runoff voting procedure if the General Assembly gives it OK. Del. Patrick Hope (D-47th) has introduced legislation allowing the County Board, if it desires, to mandate instant-runoff voting in local races.

Also appeared: InsideNova: Hope bill could bring ‘instant-runoff’ elections to Arlington

Phish drummer helping with ranked choice voting drive ABC News (Jan. 13, 2018)

Article: The drummer from the jam band Phish is helping collect signatures with a goal of overturning a legislative delay on ranked-choice voting in Maine.

The Daily Democracy Issue 60: Santa Fe, New Mexico will become the latest city to implement Ranked Choice Voting (RCV).

Could one state save American Democracy?, HuffPost (Jan. 14, 2018)

Board Member Charlotte Hill writes about Washington State’s commitment to political reform as it relates to the voucher program, ranked choice voting, voting access across the state and limiting special interest influence to help constituents have a stronger say.

The case for Proportional Voting, National Affairs (Winter 2018)

Lee Drutman writes about the benefits of a proportional representation system.

Court unblocks ranked-choice voting in Santa Fe; Maine still obstructed, Reason Los Angeles, CA (Jan. 11, 2018)

Blog: Matt Welch writes about RCV in Santa Fe and Maine and includes an interview with Nick Gillespie and Krist Novoselic from 2014.

Ranked choice voting empowers SF voters in Mayor’s race, Beyond Chron San Francisco, CA (Jan. 11, 2018)

FairVote California’s Pedro Hernandez writes about the role ranked choice voting will play in the upcoming Mayor’s race in San Francisco and the ability of the candidates to reach beyond their political base and build a coalition of voters.

Top to Bottom, Santa Fe Reporter (Jan. 10, 2018)

Julia Goldberg writes about the math behind ranked choice voting and the countdown to educate voters prior to when they cast ballots.

Court clears way for ranked-choice voting in city election, Santa Fe New Mexican (Jan. 9, 2018)

News Article: Santa Fe will become the 12th U.S. city to use ranked-choice voting in municipal elections. FairVote New Mexico Director Maria Perez is quoted.

Supreme Court clears way for ranked-choice voting in Santa Fe, Albuquerque Journal (Jan. 9, 2018)

News Article: The New Mexico Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for ranked-choice voting in Santa Fe’s March 6 municipal election.

Ranked-choice voting coming to Santa Fe, as state Supreme Court shoots down appeal, New Mexico Political Report (Jan. 9 2018)

On Tuesday, the State Supreme Court denied an appeal of the city’s new ranked-choice voting system. Santa Fe voters will rank their choices for mayor in a few months.

SB 400 - Ranked Voting, A Citizen’s Guide to Indiana (Jan. 9, 2018)

Senate Bill: Sen. Stoops introduces SB 400 concerning “ranked voting.” The bill allows cities, towns and counties to provide ranked voting in filling their offices.

City to host voter-education events, Santa Fe New Mexican (Jan. 8, 2018)

Santa Fe is hosting voter-education events centered on the new ranked choice voting ballot across the four municipal districts. The events and locations are included in article.

This is Rick Hasen, ready for my first AMA!, Reddit

Rick Hasen gives FairVote a shoutout on Reddit!

 

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