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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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History-Making Women and the RCV Elections That Put Them in Power

Posted Haly Jungwirth on March 14, 2022
History-Making Women and the RCV Elections That Put Them in Power

Across the country, ranked choice voting (RCV) is reducing the chances of vote splitting and encouraging women and people of color to run for office, regardless of whether other women or people of color are in the race. With RCV, nobody has to “wait their turn” (a common reason women cite about delaying or even making their decision to run.) During Women’s History Month we’re highlighting the achievements of women who have won RCV elections across America. We’re excited to celebrate a few of the many women who have been elected with RCV to serve their communities and hopefully inspire even more women to run.

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International Women’s Day and Proportional Representation

Posted Haly Jungwirth on March 08, 2022
International Women’s Day and Proportional Representation

Today (On, March 8, 2022), people across the world are celebrating International Women’s Day, commemorating the accomplishments of women past, present, and future. Here at FairVote, we are taking this opportunity to additionally emphasize how proportional representation around the world has benefited and allowed women to reach their natural potential, without being told to ‘wait their turn’.

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Fifty-Seven Years After Selma

Posted Ryan Suto on March 07, 2022
Fifty-Seven Years After Selma

The Voting Rights Act is intrinsically linked to the events surrounding Bloody Sunday, what preceded them, and what we as a nation should have learned from them. As time passes and as the efforts to repair the Act do not, we risk losing the lessons of Selma and the statutory activation of the 15th Amendment.

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Webinar Recap: How We Will Win in 2022

Posted Haly Jungwirth on March 03, 2022
Webinar Recap: How We Will Win in 2022

On Monday, February 28, 2022, FairVote hosted a webinar entitled ‘How We Will Win in 2022’. It was moderated by David Daley, who is a FairVote senior fellow; Angela Kouters, the Director of Government Affairs; Brian Cannon, the Director of Advocacy; Deb Otis, the Senior Research Analyst; and Rob Richie, CEO and President of FairVote.

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Starting the Conversation: RCV on Michigan’s College and University Campuses

Posted Emma Rage on February 28, 2022
Starting the Conversation: RCV on Michigan’s College and University Campuses

In the fight for ranked choice voting (RCV), college and university campuses are a great place to get the conversation started. Implementing ranked choice voting in on-campus elections can teach students how to properly cast informed ballots and, by extension, boost civic engagement. As the advocacy intern at FairVote, one of my major projects is persuading student leaders on college campuses in Michigan to make the switch to ranked choice voting for student body elections.

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