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California should ease restrictions on independent presidential candidates

Posted Julie Hochsztein on November 15, 2019
California should ease restrictions on independent presidential candidates

For elections to be fair and legitimate, voters must have meaningful choices. The United States Supreme Court has held that states cannot excessively restrict choices on the general election ballot, for example by imposing harsh signature gathering requirements. However, the Court has not yet clarified what limits exist and a new case from California may test the limit and provide further clarity.

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Brexit, Plurality Rules, and the United Kingdom’s Broken Democracy

Posted Rob Richie on November 12, 2019
Brexit, Plurality Rules, and the United Kingdom’s Broken Democracy

Rarely has a policy debate so divided and paralyzed a nation as the issue of “Brexit” in the United Kingdom. In a 2016 national referendum, British voters narrowly approved leaving the European Union. The aftermath and turmoil ever since provides a case study in how such divisions are poorly handled by a plurality, single-choice voting system.

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