Entries from September, 2012
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- Posted: September 26, 2012
- Author(s): Rob Richie
- Categories: Home, Presidential Elections, National Popular Vote
The Electoral College in its current form is always pretty crazy--after all, every election it causes campaigns to ignore most of the country in favor of a handfull of swing states. But you may not know the four craziest Electoral College rules, written into the Constitution, that could take effect this November.
- Posted: September 24, 2012
- Author(s): Devin McCarthy, Sara Helmi
- Categories: Home, Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Asia and Oceania, International Elections, Elections Worldwide
Hong Kong's pro-democracy parties did not perform as well as expected in the September 9 Legislative Council elections. The New York Times would have you believe that the disappointing result can be blamed on Hong Kong's proportional representation system. But that explanation is misleading and distracts from the real problems of the city's electoral structure.
- Posted: September 18, 2012
- Author(s): Presidential Tracker, Andrea Levien
- Categories: Presidential Tracker, National Popular Vote, Presidential Elections
The presidential campaign has entered its final weeks, when presidential candidates travel and campaign across the country almost every day (in swing states), advertise on television hundreds of times a day (in swing states), and thousands of volunteers devote their weekends and evenings to getting out the vote (in in swing states). This election cycle, FairVote is continuing our efforts to track the candidates’ travel and television ad spending, just as we did in the 2004 and 2008 campaigns and throughout President Barack Obama’s time in office.
- Posted: September 7, 2012
- Author(s): Drew Spencer, Rob Richie
- Categories: Home, Redistricting, Voting Rights
Texas has had problems with redistricting - yet again. Last week's federal court ruling that Texas's 2011 plans for congressional districts and state legislative districts had both the purpose and effect of further reducing the representation of Texas's already underrepresented racial minority populations is just the state's latest salvo in the redistricting wars. We show that there's another way: fair voting plans.
- Posted: September 6, 2012
- Author(s): Presidential Tracker, Rob Richie, Andrea Levien
- Categories: Presidential Tracker, Presidential Elections, National Popular Vote
Our current Electoral College rules mean that a mere four percent vote shift can make all the difference in how a state’s voters experience the presidential election. There is no better example than North Carolina and South Carolina.
- Posted: September 5, 2012
- Author(s): Rob Richie, Devin McCarthy
- Categories: Home, National Popular Vote
Last week, the 2012 Republican Party Platform came out against a national popular vote, while Al Gore spoke in favor of one. Does that mean that the National Popular Vote plan is a partisan issue? To the contrary.
California's new Top Two election system has its strong advocates and opponents. Some opponents brought a lawsuit against Top Two to address what it saw as unconstitutional flaws. Although they lost in court, the legislature corrected one of the major flaws highlighted in the lawsuit. But now wealthy interveners in the case are seeking to collect fees against the plaintiffs, and a state judge has agreed. The interveners' action and the judge's ruling set a dangerous precedent.