Pages tagged "Author David O'Brien"


House passes the Voting Rights Advancement Act

Posted on Quick News David O'brien on December 06, 2019
House passes the Voting Rights Advancement Act

The House of Representatives passed HR4. The bill would restore the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, empowering the Department of Justice to stop voter suppression laws before they go into effect.

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A Controversial Election in Kentucky Makes the Case for RCV

Posted on What's New David O'brien on November 15, 2019
A Controversial Election in Kentucky Makes the Case for RCV

Incumbent Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin finally conceded the state’s gubernatorial election today after a recanvass of votes failed to have any meaningful change in results, capping off a tense week of speculation and debate extending into foundational democratic principles.

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2019 was Good for RCV--Will 2020 be Better?

Posted on Quick News David O'brien on November 02, 2019
2019 was Good for RCV--Will 2020 be Better?

In 2019, 11 cities in 8 states will use ranked choice voting to elect their local governments. In 2020, RCV is positioned for an even larger breakout year. Read about it here.

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Why half a percentage point might as well be Lake Michigan: Wisconsin recount

Posted on Quick News David O'brien on April 05, 2019
Why half a percentage point might as well be Lake Michigan: Wisconsin recount

Why a recount of the seemingly razor-thin margin in Wisconsin state supreme court race is still unlikely to change results

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A better way to Brexit?

Posted on Quick News David O'brien, Erica Frazier on April 03, 2019
A better way to Brexit?

If Parliament wants this to be the final chapter, it should hold binding votes using a method that will produce majority support, consensus, and resolution.

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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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