Pages tagged "Author David O'Brien"


Maine recount: beware the algorithm

Posted on What's New David O'brien on November 28, 2018
Maine recount: beware the algorithm

It would take a serious glitch in the Matrix for a recount to change results in Maine's 2nd Congressional District race.

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History repeats itself in Florida recounts

Posted on Quick News David O'brien on November 20, 2018
History repeats itself in Florida recounts

History was right on recounts, which didn't change outcomes in three major Florida races

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The Florida problem: recounts matter, but usually don’t change results

Posted on What's New David O'brien on November 13, 2018
The Florida problem: recounts matter, but usually don’t change results

Three major races in Florida are undergoing recounts, But the winners will likely remain the same, our analysis shows.

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Staff Attorney

Posted on Law and Policy Department David O'brien on September 02, 2018

David O'Brien is a staff attorney at FairVote, where he works on an array of issues including legislation, recounts, legal compliance matters, and contributing to amicus curiae briefs. Before coming to FairVote, he was the senior legal counsel for the Senate of the Republic of Palau. He previously worked as a researcher on The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment and in private practice. O'Brien has a J.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a B.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Studies from Creighton University. He is licensed to practice law in Maryland.

 


For the first time, a court adopts fair representation to remedy a Calif. Voting Rights Act lawsuit

Posted on What's New David O'brien on August 27, 2018
For the first time, a court adopts fair representation to remedy a Calif. Voting Rights Act lawsuit

The case could have important implications for the CVRA and its ability to protect voting rights generally.

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Reconsidering the presidential recount system

Posted on What's New David O'brien on August 22, 2018
Reconsidering the presidential recount system

Presidential elections in 2000 and 2016 have exposed the country's recount system as at best, deficient.

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Pennsylvania and new report show an alternative path to end gerrymandering

Posted on What's New David O'brien on February 21, 2018
Pennsylvania and new report show an alternative path to end gerrymandering

As Pennsylvania shows, state-focused reform is possible but it won’t be easy

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Recounts, reversals, and ties in Virginia’s 94th District

Posted on What's New David O'brien on December 21, 2017
Recounts, reversals, and ties in Virginia’s 94th District

A tied election for a seat in Virginia's state House of Delegates will come down to winner's name being pulled from a hat... and it could tip the balance of power in the Commonwealth.

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Atlanta’s recount turned out about how you would expect (given the data)

Posted on Quick News David O'brien on December 18, 2017
Atlanta’s recount turned out about how you would expect (given the data)

After the recount, Mary Norwood had cut Keisha Lance Bottoms’ lead by only 11 votes.

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Why a recount won’t elect Roy Moore

Posted on What's New David O'brien on December 14, 2017
Why a recount won’t elect Roy Moore

This week Democrat Doug Jones upset Republican Roy Moore to win Alabama’s special election for the U.S. Senate. Moore, however, has not yet conceded and has indicated that he may seek a recount.

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