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Upcoming Supreme Court Case to Tackle Virginia Race-Based Redistricting Criteria

Posted on Quick News Chris Hughes on August 17, 2016
Upcoming Supreme Court Case to Tackle Virginia Race-Based Redistricting Criteria

Earlier this summer the Supreme Court agreed to review Bethune Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, a case challenging the use of race in the 2011 redistricting of Virginia’s 100-seat House of Delegates. Virginia claimed to be trying to comply with the Voting Rights Act, by insisting that certain districts had to have at least 55% black voting age population. However, as redistricting experts like Justin Levitt have pointed out, this approach is a bad caricature of what the Voting Rights Act requires

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Supreme Court Takes Up Two Gerrymandering Cases for October Term

Posted on Quick News Chris Hughes on June 28, 2016

The Supreme Court yesterday took up a case challenging North Carolina lawmakers' use of race while redrawing the state's congressional districts in 2011. The case, McCrory v. Harris, is an appeal by the state challenging a lower court finding that two districts were illegally packed with black voters. It joins another racial redistricting case already on the court's docket out of Virginia.

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Voting Rights Groups Act to Secure 17-Year-Old Primary Voting in Ohio

Posted on What's New Chris Hughes, Drew Penrose on March 09, 2016
Voting Rights Groups Act to Secure 17-Year-Old Primary Voting in Ohio

Earlier this week the ACLU of Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN), and Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Campaign each took action against the Ohio Secretary of State for his attempts to restrict 17-year-old voting in that state’s March 15 presidential primary.

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Ranked Choice Voting Takes Center Stage at the 88th Academy Awards

Posted on What's New Molly Rockett, Chris Hughes on February 29, 2016
Ranked Choice Voting Takes Center Stage at the 88th Academy Awards

Using ranked choice voting, especially when there are so many nominees, is the best way to select a film that has the broadest support among all voters. Spotlight may not have been the most talked-about film or the most divisive film, but it did earn broad enough support, perhaps in second or third choices, to clinch the victory.

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Voting and the Oscars: Six Numbers You Need to Know

Posted on What's New Molly Rockett, Chris Hughes on February 23, 2016
Voting and the Oscars: Six Numbers You Need to Know

For this tenure, PricewaterhouseCoopers has successfully tabulated the results and delivered the winners for the Oscars without a single breach in the secrecy of the process.

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Meet The Team: Chris Hughes

Posted on What's New Chris Hughes on January 08, 2016
Meet The Team: Chris Hughes

I lucked out in finding FairVote when looking for post-law school jobs. My career advisor at NYU forwarded FairVote’s website on to me right as my final semester of law school was starting and my hopes of finding a job in voting rights were dwindling, fast.

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Louisiana's Cajun Primary: An Innovative Primary Undone by Electoral Stagnation

Posted on What's New Chris Hughes on November 20, 2015
Louisiana's Cajun Primary: An Innovative Primary Undone by Electoral Stagnation

Louisiana's innovative election system lacks true competition in practice, with most incumbents largely unopposed and unaccountable to voters. The Bayou State could promote the goals of majoritarian outcomes and real voter choice if it consolidated both elections with the use of ranked choice voting, which it already uses for some absentee ballots.

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Rich Tradition of Minority Party Representation Continues in Pennsylvania and Connecticut

Posted on What's New Chris Hughes on November 13, 2015
Rich Tradition of Minority Party Representation Continues in Pennsylvania and Connecticut

This year on Election Day in towns, cities, and counties across Pennsylvania and Connecticut minority parties earned representation thanks to fair representation voting methods. The use of "limited voting" in these places, which has been in place for decades, continues to ensure more political diversity throughout these states than we see in most of the United States today.

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