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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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Images from the FairVote Awards

Posted Matthew Oberstaedt on April 15, 2022
Images from the FairVote Awards

On Monday, April 11, we held our inaugural FairVote Awards ceremony in New York City. The event brought together hundreds of Americans passionate about improving democracy for voters. Here are Getty Images from the night.

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FairVote Celebrates Voting Reform Leaders

Posted Haly Jungwirth on April 14, 2022
FairVote Celebrates Voting Reform Leaders

On Monday, April 11, 2022, FairVote hosted the FairVote Awards in New York City. At this event, we took the opportunity to celebrate our movement and show our appreciation for a few people that have been working to make progress on crucial reforms.

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A Follow-Up With Some History-Making Women Who Support RCV

Posted Haly Jungwirth on March 30, 2022
A Follow-Up With Some History-Making Women Who Support RCV

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we’re excited to let you hear directly from a few RCV champions. Following our earlier post, “History-Making Women and the RCV Elections That Put Them in Power,” we reached out to some of the women we discussed to get their first-hand opinion on ranked choice voting (RCV) and women’s representation.

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What the Garden State Would Reap from Proportional Voting

Posted Jeremy Seitz-brown on March 22, 2022
What the Garden State Would Reap from Proportional Voting

Truck driver Edward Durr made headlines in November by defeating the Democratic leader of the New Jersey state senate after only spending $1,813 on his campaign. His only purchases? Flyers and donuts. This was an example of a broader trend in American elections generally and the New Jersey state elections specifically: partisanship is becoming one of the only factors that matters.

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