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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U.S. Senator Cory Booker announced Monday that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race, joining recently withdrawn candidates Julián Castro and Marianne Wiliamson.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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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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