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Why the New York Times endorsement of two candidates makes sense

Posted Rob Richie on January 22, 2020
Why the New York Times endorsement of two candidates makes sense

This week the New York Times endorsed two candidates for the Democratic nomination for president: Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar. The decision to endorse two candidates with different bases of support has drawn a number of critics. But setting aside whether Warren and Klobuchar were the best candidates to support, the Times editorial board’s decision reflects an important insight: the primary season is designed to allow parties to build consensus around a nominee chosen out of a large field.

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Palm Desert, CA adopts Ranked Choice Voting

Posted David O'brien on January 17, 2020
Palm Desert, CA adopts Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked choice voting (RCV) is coming to Palm Desert, California. The city of Palm Desert has agreed to adopt ranked choice voting to settle a lawsuit brought under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) to fix vote dilution faced by its Latino population.

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RCV Polls Provide Insights When Candidates Drop Out

Posted Jeremy Seitz-brown on January 13, 2020
RCV Polls Provide Insights When Candidates Drop Out

U.S. Senator Cory Booker announced Monday that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race, joining recently withdrawn candidates Julián Castro and Marianne Wiliamson. FairVote’s ranked choice voting (RCV) polls of South Carolina in December and the nation last September can help us understand how the news may impact the race. 

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Poll Takeaway: RCV more directly represents voters’ will

Posted Adam Ginsburg on December 15, 2019
Poll Takeaway: RCV more directly represents voters’ will

According to our recent poll of South Carolina Democrats, under the current system--where votes are not ranked and voters can only choose a single candidate--Joe Biden would have received all of South Carolina’s delegates, despite receiving significantly less than a majority of first-choice support. A RCV system would better represent the preferences of the electorate. Heres' why.

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