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Nevada’s innovative use of RCV in 2020 gave greater voice to voters

Posted Deb Otis on May 16, 2022
Nevada’s innovative use of RCV in 2020 gave greater voice to voters

On Saturday, May 7, Republican voters in Virginia’s 11th Congressional District used ranked choice voting (RCV) to nominate Jim Myles as their 2022 candidate for U.S. House. This is the first use of RCV to nominate a congressional candidate in Virginia’s 11th, which comprises most of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and part of Prince William County.

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Ranked Choice Voting in VA-11 GOP Primary: Initial Analysis

Posted Will Mantell And Deb Otis on May 10, 2022
Ranked Choice Voting in VA-11 GOP Primary: Initial Analysis

On Saturday, May 7, Republican voters in Virginia’s 11th Congressional District used ranked choice voting (RCV) to nominate Jim Myles as their 2022 candidate for U.S. House. This is the first use of RCV to nominate a congressional candidate in Virginia’s 11th, which comprises most of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and part of Prince William County.

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How to Avoid Another Redistricting Nightmare in 2030

Posted Haly Jungwirth on May 05, 2022
How to Avoid Another Redistricting Nightmare in 2030

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week’s Twitter Space: “Our Redistricting Nightmare, and How to Avoid It in 2030!” It featured Washington Post reporter Colby Itkowitz; Common Cause National Redistricting Director Kathay Feng; Cato Institute Senior Fellow Walter Olson; and was moderated by FairVote’s Social Media Associate Matthew Oberstaedt with excellent questions written by FairVote Senior Fellow David Daley.

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Gubernatorial Plurality Wins Highlight the Need for RCV

Posted Jeremy Seitz-brown on April 29, 2022
Gubernatorial Plurality Wins Highlight the Need for RCV

Whenever a candidate takes office without support from a majority of voters, we are left wondering if things might have turned out differently if the race were narrowed to a contest between the two frontrunners. Unfortunately, from 1946 to 2021, 128 of the 1,092 gubernatorial elections nationwide - or 11.7 % - were won by candidates who won less than 50 percent of the vote.

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“Whig-ing” Out Over the History of Single-Member Plurality Voting

Posted Rachel Rappaport on April 26, 2022
“Whig-ing” Out Over the History of Single-Member Plurality Voting

It’s worth saying upfront:, nowhere does our Constitution outline specific processes for holding elections. The ‘Elections Clause’ leaves the decision to the states, while also giving Congress the power to intervene. A longer account reveals that single-member district plurality elections were not even how the founders necessarily envisioned elections. 

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A better way to elect France’s president

Posted Rob Richie on April 22, 2022
A better way to elect France’s president

The French presidential election is headed to a rematch runoff on April 24, with polls showing a thin margin between centrist President Emmanuel Macron and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen. A Le Pen win could mark a major turn – the first far-right president – for one of Europe’s largest democracies.

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