Chris Hughes

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Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes focuses on ranked choice voting at the local and state levels, with an eye towards national implementation. He has studied and worked on voting rights, electoral reform, and civil rights, working for structural reforms to electoral systems and litigation to enforce voting and other civil rights. 

Chris graduated with a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Miami in May 2012 and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2015. He interned at the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the ACLU Voting Rights Project while in law school. Chris also served as an Executive Articles Editor on NYU's Annual Survey of American Law and represented two refugee clients through the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) while in law school.

Chris is admitted to practice in New York.

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House Committee Votes to Eliminate Agency Tasked With Improving Elections

Posted on February 10, 2017

The House Committee on Administration voted this week to advance H.R. 634, the Election Assistance Commission Termination Act, to consideration by Congress. The bill proposes eliminating the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), which was set up in the wake of the 2000 election when ballot design and machine flaws in Florida delayed results and famously led to the Supreme Court stepping in to halt recounts in the state.

The EAC was designed to safeguard against these sorts of catastrophic failures in the infrastructure of our democracy, by gathering election administration best practices from across the nation, setting standards for election equipment, and serving as a gathering point for election administrators from all corners of the United States. This past election season the EAC served a central role in providing cybersecurity support to election administrators across the country, in the wake of the hacking of the DNC and voter registration systems in Illinois and Arizona. If the EAC is eliminated, its responsibilities will be reassigned to the Federal Elections Commission and the Office of Management and Budget.

FairVote and the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center submitted a letter to the Committee, urging its nine members to vote against the bill. Now that it has passed out of committee, the bill will travel to the House floor for debate and a vote.

Georgia Avoids Low Turnout Senate Runoff

Posted on November 08, 2016

News outlets are now calling Georgia’s Senate race for Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson, who will be elected to his third term as Georgia’s Senior Senator. Isakson has defeated both Democrat Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckley. There was a time earlier in the campaign where the result was not so clear-cut, and Georgia may have had to conduct a statewide runoff election for Senator due to the majority vote requirement enshrined in their constitution for all public offices.

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