Spring Webinar Series

Beginning March 2 and running through early June, join FairVote staff and guests for our democracy reform webinar series, “The Future of American Elections,where we'll present on ranked choice voting, talk to college students about using it on campus, discuss gerrymandering and proportional ranked choice voting as well as policy proposals like the Fair Representation Act and more! 

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Tuesday, March 2 at 4pm ET - What is Ranked Choice Voting?
Ranked choice voting is gaining momentum across the country. Are you just learning about this voting method and want to learn more? Join our Outreach Director Scott Siebel and Senior Research Analyst Deb Otis for a deep dive into:

  1. What is RCV?
  2. What are its benefits?
  3. Where is it used, and has it been successful?

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Tuesday, March 16 at 12pm ET - Ranked Choice Voting at Universities
Over 90 student body governments from universities across the country use ranked choice voting! These elections offer both proof-of-concept for the efficacy of ranked choice voting elections and pave the way for young people to be advocates for electoral reform in their cities, states, and country in the decades to come. In this discussion, panelists from colleges around the country that have implemented ranked choice voting will discuss why they made the switch to RCV and how RCV is shaping student elections.

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Tuesday, March 30 at 4pm ET - Gerrymandering: What to Expect in 2021 and How to Avoid it in 2031

The U.S. has an outdated election system that leaves Americans unrepresented while the country faces a polarization crisis. Most countries have chosen an electoral system very different to the one used in national elections in the United States. The system used in each country varies, but proportional systems are widely used. The U.S could switch to what we call “proportional ranked choice voting,” where the ballot is a ranked choice voting ballot but the outcome gives voters even better representation.

Join us for a discussion on how electoral reform can address the United State’s polarization crisis with FairVote President and CEO Rob Richie along with Harvard Professor Danielle Allen and Kevin Kosar of the American Enterprise Institute, plus watch a pre-recorded discussion with Yuval Levin of the American Enterprise Institute. 

 

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Wednesday, April 14 at 4pm ET - The Electoral Reform Imperative to Address Our Polarization Crisis
The U.S. has an outdated election system that leaves Americans unrepresented while the country faces a polarization crisis. Most countries have chosen an electoral system very different to the one used in national elections in the United States. The system used in each country varies, but proportional systems are widely used. The U.S could switch to what we call “proportional ranked choice voting,” where the ballot is a ranked choice voting ballot but the outcome gives voters even better representation.

Join us for a discussion on how electoral reform can address the United State’s polarization crisis with FairVote President and CEO Rob Richie along with Harvard Professor Danielle Allen and Kevin Kosar of the American Enterprise Institute, plus watch a pre-recorded discussion with Yuval Levin of the American Enterprise Institute. 

 

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Tuesday, April 27 at 4pm ET - The Basics of Ranked Choice Voting Administration 
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to administer a Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) election? We’re partnering with the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center (RCVRC) to provide you with a brief presentation and discussion with election administrators who have firsthand knowledge of administering ranked choice voting elections. The RCVRC provides information, research, and tools to teach the public about ranked-choice voting. With decades of election administration experience at all levels of government, the RCVRC provides RCV best practices and real-world materials as well as RCV consulting services, expert testimony, and implementation guidelines. 

RCVRC is ready to be a resource to you if and when you’re ready to administer your very first ranked choice voting election in your city, state or county. 

 

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Wednesday, May 12 at 4pm ET - Ranked Choice Voting Benefits Communities of Color
Ranked Choice Voting is currently used in 20 jurisdictions across the country with growing interest in even more locations. In 2021, RCV legislation was introduced in 29 states.

Research has shown that RCV leads to more diversity on the ballot and improved representation for people of color and women. With more RCV implementations on the horizon, including in the New York City mayoral election in June 2021, the single largest use of RCV to date in the United States, we examine the ways in which RCV positively impacts election participation and representation for both women and people of color.

New research suggests that candidates of color benefit in RCV Elections, making gains and building support through successive rounds of a RCV election and how voters utilize the ballot itself to rank candidates. Seeing the strongest gains in majority-minority districts, voters of color are more likely to rank multiple candidates without dividing community support when multiple candidates of color run for the same position.

Our panelists will discuss how RCV contributes to power-building in communities of color, review the latest research findings, and examine how RCV is a crucial component of securing more representation in the U.S.

 

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Tuesday, May 18 at 3:30pm ET - 2021 Reform Victories: FairVote Progress Report

Ranked choice voting (RCV) is making immense progress in 2021. The U.S. House passed legislation that would boost ranked choice voting in two ways. Utah alone has more than doubled the number of cities with mayors elected by RCV, with more than 20 cities deciding to use RCV this November. New York City will use RCV in all its big primary elections on June 22, including mayor. Virginia Republicans are using RCV to nominate their candidate for governor. RCV won on the ballot in two more cities, and legislation was introduced in 29 states.

Rep. Ritchie Torres (NY-15) will join us to provide an update on his work in Congress to support RCV and discuss New York City’s upcoming implementation of RCV. Former Utah state legislators Marc Roberts and Rebecca Chavez-Houck and other Utah RCV leaders will provide an update on Utah’s remarkable progress. FairVote staff will celebrate this progress and share what to expect for the rest of 2021.

 

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Tuesday, June 8 at 4pm ET - From the field: How advocates are building support for ranked choice voting

New groups, well-established organizations, and many in between are building support for ranked choice voting in their states and communities. Each is forging interest and growth in ways that match the unique political dynamics in which they find themselves.

Join us for a webinar where we'll speak to the leaders of four groups in different parts of the country to learn about how they are building support for reform and what their priorities are for the future.

 

 

 

 

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