Voices & Choices

Reform news round-up 3/9/18

Reform news round-up 3/9/18

Here’s what Utah Lawmakers Did in 45 Days, KUER 90.1, NPR Utah (March 9, 2018)

Cities in Utah will get the opportunity to try out a new state-approved pilot program for ranked-choice voting

The key to Webber’s win: Noble voters, Santa Fe New Mexican (March 7, 2018)

Article about the numbers that led Webber to victory in New Mexico’s first ranked choice voting election.

Four women will serve on City Council; Lindell re-elected to be joined by newcomers Romero-Wirth, Vigil Coppler, Santa Fe New Mexican (March 7, 2018)

Article: Half of the eight-member Santa Fe City Council will be made up of women as a result of Tuesday’s RCV election in which three newcomers, including two women, won office.

California Bill to Use Ranked Choice Voting in Special Legislative Elections, Ballot Access News (March 7, 2018)

Bill: California State Senator Ben Allen has introduced ACA 18. It would allow the Governor to order that particular special legislative and congressional elections used ranked-choice voting.

Don’t let politics doom instant runoffs, Commercial Appeal (March 7, 2018)

Opinion: George Scoville writes in support of instant run-off voting and how it saves time, energy and money by eliminating second runoff elections.

Electoral Politics is Divisive, It doesn’t have to be this way, Inland Empire Community News (March 7, 2018)

Opinion: James Albert writes about creating a just democracy and references the Fair Representation Act and ranked choice voting.

Santa Fe picks publishing entrepreneur as next mayor, The Durango Herald (March 7, 2018)

Article: Five candidates were on the mayoral ballot in Santa Fe’s first ranked choice election in which voters could rand each candidate from first to last on the ballot, in order of preference

Maine adopts instant-runoff voting, WCAX 3 (March 6, 2018)

Article: Maine is going to use instant-runoff voting in its June primary. Includes video report.

Maine to become first State to implement ranked choice voting in statewide election, WABI 5 (March 6, 2018)

Article: Maine is set to become the first state in the country to implement ranked choice voting in a statewide election. This June, voters will rank candidates from first to last.

Santa Fe turns out in city’s first ranked-choice election, Santa Fe New Mexican (March 5, 2018)

Article: Steady streams of voters have taken to the polls Tuesday to elect a new mayor and decide four city-council races in Santa Fe's first election under a ranked-choice voting system.

Q&A: Maine’s 1st but how will ranked-choice voting work?, ABC News (March 5, 2018)

Question and Answer interview on how RCV will work in the state.

Also appeared here.

Voters will decide in June whether Maine keeps its ranked-choice voting law, Portland Press Herald (March 5, 2018)

Article: Proponents of ranked choice voting gathered enough signatures to put the question on the ballot in June. Maine will become the first state to let residents use ranked-choice voting in a statewide primary election.

RCV certified by state, will be used in June primaries, The Ellsworth American (March 5, 2018)

Article: Secretary of State Matt Dunlap’s office announced on Monday that ranked choice voting will be in place during June’s primaries.

Guest Commentary: It’s time Montgomery County invested in women, Maryland Matters (March 4, 2018)

Commentary focused on gender parity and the impact of ranked choice voting.

A different city different election nears its end, Albuquerque Journal (March 2, 2018)

Editorial Board writes about Santa Fe’s municipal election season and highlights that there has not been negative campaigning, one thing encouraged by RCV.

Ranked choice voting worth consideration, Daily Hampshire Gazette (March 1, 2018)

Editorial: Amherst is creating an election study commission to consider ranked choice voting, part of the proposed charter changes that are on the ballot- March 27.

This is how the Academy Awards pick Best Picture, The Loop (Feb. 27, 2018)

Entertainment: Voters rank all the nominated films. If a film does not receive 50 percent of the votes, the lowest ranked film on a voter’s ballot is dropped and that vote goes to the next choice on their ballot.

Let’s explore lowering the voting age to 16, The Cap Times (Feb. 27, 2018)

Column: In 2013, Takoma Park, Maryland, became the first municipality in the U.S. to extend voting rights to 16- and 17-year-olds — for local elections. FairVote quoted.

Is democracy dying?, MIT News (Feb. 27, 2018)

Article: Speakers ar Starr Forum discussed the current pressures on democratic systems. One suggestion that the speakers mentioned that could help the health of democracies is instant run-off voting (RCV).

The business of politics is failing America, Boston Globe (Feb. 27, 2018)

Opinion based on Katherine M. Gehl and Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter’s report, highlighting proportional representation and ranked choice voting.

Hoboken Assemblywoman, councilwoman continue to push for instant runoffs, Hudson County View (Feb. 26, 2018)

Article: Hoboken Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-33) and Councilwoman-at-Large Emily Jabbour, continue to push the state Legislature to approve instant run-off voting. (Bill A-1801)

You don’t vote for DSG candidates. You rank them., Duke Chronicle (Feb. 26, 2018)

Article: On March 8 and 9, Duke students can participate in elections for Duke Student Government-- using ranked choice voting.

Mundelein H.S. students propose government reforms, Chicago Tribune (Feb. 26, 2018)

Article: Mundelein High School showcased student proposed government reforms at civics fair, one reform was instant runoff voting/ RCV.

Four questions for the ranked-choice voting discussion, Post Bulletin (Feb. 26, 2018)

Rochester’s Charter Commission has plans to continue the discussion on ranked choice voting.

Perseverance pays off for ranked-choice proponents, Santa Fe New Mexican (Feb. 24, 2018)

Article about Maria Perez and FairVote New Mexico’s efforts in support of ranked choice voting.

Maine Court Urged to Institute Ranked-choice voting, Courthouse News Service (Feb. 23, 2018)

Maine political candidates have asked a court to institute the nation’s first electoral system where voters rank candidates by preference rather than casting a ballot for them.

Democrats Playing Republicans At Their Own Game For Mid-term Elections (Video), Liberal America (Feb. 25, 2018)

Video covering the strategies the Republican party used on 16 states to gerrymander them to the point where Democrats would have little chance of winning. David Daley quoted.

Nair, Rahman Clinch outsider victory in tight GUSA Race, The Hoya (Feb. 23, 2018)

Coverage of ranked choice voting election at Georgetown University.

Editorial: How ranked-choice voting works and what it means, The Rich Thresher (Feb. 23, 2018)

Editorial that describes ranked choice voting and how the Student Association uses RCV to elect most campus-wide leadership positions.


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