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Rate of “Bullet Voting” Depends on Candidate Strength, Party Cues, and Other Factors

Posted Author Deb Otis, Chris Zawora on August 16, 2021
Rate of “Bullet Voting” Depends on Candidate Strength, Party Cues, and Other Factors

Many factors likely influence how a voter uses their rankings in a ranked choice voting (RCV) election. As of 2021, the median portion of voters who choose to use multiple rankings on their ballot is 68%. In this post we briefly discuss two factors that affect rank usage: voters’ perceptions of candidate strength and a candidate or party messaging encouraging or discouraging use of rankings.

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The next gerrymandering cycle is about to begin

Posted Matthew Oberstaedt on August 12, 2021
The next gerrymandering cycle is about to begin

We are on the precipice of one of the worst redistricting bloodbaths in American history. Today the U.S. Census Bureau released data to let states draw Congressional and legislative maps that will shape politics for the next decade. States across the country - right, left, and center - are getting ready to gerrymander.

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FairVote’s Scholarship Makes the Case for RCV in Presidential Primaries

Posted Lucy Kaufman on August 11, 2021
FairVote’s Scholarship Makes the Case for RCV in Presidential Primaries

This year, FairVote’s Rob Richie, Ben Oestericher, Deb Otis, and Jeremy Seitz-Brown wrote a 10-page article for Politics and Governance about how the use of ranked choice voting (RCV) ballots in presidential primaries both preserves the right of voters to elect their party’s nominee while encouraging candidates to build a majority coalition within their party and reflect its values in order to secure the nomination.

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Multi-member districts: a win for representation

Posted Elena Gilbertson Hall on August 04, 2021
Multi member districts: a win for representation

Single-winner districts lead to millions of Americans being underrepresented -- including blue-state Republicans, red-state Democrats, independents, women, and communities of color -- because they are locked into gerrymandered winner-take-all congressional districts that are consistently won by candidates of the plurality group. The Fair Representation Act (FRA) would create proportional multi member districts, solving this problem and improving representation across the political spectrum.

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DC Leaders Praise Proposed RCV VOICE Amendment Act

Posted Gabriella Lewis on August 03, 2021
DC Leaders Praise Proposed RCV VOICE Amendment Act

On July 14, Washington DC Councilmember Christina Henderson introduced the Voter Ownership, Integrity, Choice, and Equity (VOICE) Amendment Act of 2021 alongside colleagues Charles Allen, Brianne K. Nadeau, Brooke Pinto, Mary M. Cheh, Elissa Silverman, and Janeese Lewis George. If passed, the VOICE Amendment Act would implement ranked choice voting (RCV) by 2024. Last Wednesday, DC leaders assembled with Rank the Vote DC to share why they believe the VOICE Amendment Act is crucial for the future of DC voting.

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