Voices & Choices

Reform news round-up 2/23/18

Reform news round-up 2/23/18

Who needs congressional districts?, New York Times (Feb. 20, 2018)

Op-ed: Michael Tomasky calls for the end of end single member districts and mentions Rep. Don Beyer’s Fair Representation Act.

We, the people, were attacked as a people. We need to respond as a people, as well. Washington Post (Feb. 18, 2018)

Columnist Danielle Allen writes about rethinking our system of representation and adopting measures such as multi-member districts and ranked choice voting to broaden representation.

Why Santa Clarans should support ranked-choice voting, The Mercury News (Feb. 22, 2018)

In an op-ed, former members of the Santa Clara Charter Review Committee argue that ranked choice voting will bring more fair representation to the California city.

Does America Want A Third Party? (Or Is It Just David Brooks?) FiveThirtyEight (Feb. 21, 2018)

Nate Silver and 538 gang had fun dialogue on third parties in America with Silver saying that David Brooks should be calling for ranked choice voting.

Time to change the election game, ScottRasmussen.com (Feb. 22, 2018)

A right-of-center pollster and syndicated columnist believes now is the time for electoral reform in America. Rob Richie is quoted and FairVote.org is cited.

Maine: Ranked-choice voting backers file suit to ensure system is used in June, The Voting News

Supporters of ranked-choice voting in Maine — joined by eight Democratic candidates — filed a lawsuit Friday to ensure that the voting method is in place in time for the June primaries.

Full article on Bangor Daily News here.

Who’s your President?, New America (Feb. 22, 2018)

Blog: Anne-Marie Slaughter writes about fixing the system that continues to produce unrepresentative candidates by adopting measures such as ranked choice voting.

Memphis City Council Duplicity, Memphis Flyer (Feb. 22, 2018)

Editorial: Memphis City Council is called out for paying $120,000 to a state lobbyist to qwash efforts to implement RCV that was approved by voters.

Graceless Memphis Politicians, Common Sense (Feb. 22, 2018)

A lobbyist confirmed to the Memphis Flyer that the council engaged him to push the ban on instant runoff voting, also know as ranked choice voting.

Pennsylvania’s New Congressional Map is Fair, But Reveals Fundamental Tradeoffs in Institutional Choice, Union of Concerned Scientists Blog (Feb. 21, 2018)

Political scientist and gerrymandering expert Michael Lattner writes about PA’s new congressional map and how he designed a plan for multi-member districts, using three 5-seat districts and one 3-seat district. This blog was re-posted, with permission, on FairVote’s Voices and Choices blog.

Pennsylvania’s new congressional map: Less skewed, but mostly noncompetitive, Salon By Theo Landsman (Feb. 21, 2018)

Salon picks up Theo Landsman’s piece on Pennsylvania's Supreme Court District Map, which originally appeared on FairVote’s Voices and Choices blog.

FairVote-WA campaigning for ranked-choice voting in Seattle, Capitol Hill Times (Feb. 21, 2018)

Article: FairVote-WA founding member Colin Cole says the 2017 primary election in Seattle is a perfect example for why the city should switch over to ranked-choice voting.

Local Hoboken officials express support for ranked choice voting bill, Hudson Reporter (Feb. 21, 2018)

Article: In a press release, Hoboken Councilwoman Emily Jabbour called on state legislative leaders to advance bill A-1801, which permits the use of instant runoff voting in local elections.

Take time to figure out ranked choice voting for city, Post Bulletin (Feb 21, 2018)

Letter: Robert Haeussinger writes about writes about the impact ranked choice voting could have on the Rochester community.

Tackling Women’s Underrepresentation in U.S. Politics: Comparative Perspectives From Europe, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Feb. 20, 2018)

Detailed report on structural rules and election law and their impact on gender representation, including ranked choice voting.

What London's first ranked callot mock election looked like, CBC (Feb. 23, 2018)

Article: London, Ontario will be the first city in Canada to hold a municipal vote using the ranked choice voting system.

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