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Plurality Voting Is Not the Answer

Posted Emma Rage on July 02, 2022
Plurality Voting Is Not the Answer

When proposing a new voting system, it’s logical to ask why we, as a country, need to change our ways. Here at FairVote, we talk a lot about why plurality voting is not the best voting system to elect representative bodies and how ranked choice voting is the solution to this problem.

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The Danger of the Independent State Legislature Theory

Posted Ryan Suto on July 01, 2022
The Danger of the Independent State Legislature Theory

Yesterday at the end of its term, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case Moore v. Harper, which involves a deceptively simple question that could have huge implications for voting rights and redistricting in the United States: What exactly is meant by the word “Legislature” in the “Elections Clause” and the “Pres­id­en­tial Elect­ors Clause” of the U.S. Constitution?

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Proportional Ranked Choice Voting is on the Rise

Posted Emma Rage on June 23, 2022
Proportional Ranked Choice Voting is on the Rise

When most people think of ‘ranked choice voting’ (RCV), they think of single-winner ranked choice voting, where once the votes are tabulated, only one candidate wins. However, there is a form of ranked choice voting wherein multiple candidates can win who reflect the ideological makeup of the community. This is called ‘proportional ranked choice voting’ (or ‘single transferable vote’ abroad). This visual explainer goes over how proportional ranked choice voting works.

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How Voting Reform Can Restore Confidence in Our Elections

Posted Rachel Rappaport on June 07, 2022
How Voting Reform Can Restore Confidence in Our Elections

It’s no secret that confidence in democratic institutions like elections is low: 37% of voters do not feel confident that the results of an election reflect the will of the people. However, it’s possible the usual suspects (election fraud, ballot counting errors, etc.) are not to blame for this lack of trust.

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Challenges to Representation in the Maryland Gubernatorial Democratic Primary

Posted Maria Merkle on June 03, 2022
Challenges to Representation in the Maryland Gubernatorial Democratic Primary

This week, Our Maryland released their 2022 Gubernatorial Democratic Primary straw poll. For a distinctly competitive race, the Our Maryland poll aims to measure, in-depth, the distribution of support for the primary’s 10 Democratic candidates. Though the July 19 election will use a plurality voting system, Our Maryland’s poll will use ranked choice voting (RCV) to find the most popular winner among the primary candidates.

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