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Early results from Maine show multiple races headed to “instant runoff”

Posted on What's New Author Deb Otis on July 16, 2020
Early results from Maine show multiple races headed to “instant runoff”

Maine held primary elections with #RankedChoiceVoting on Tuesday, the second time using RCV for primaries since implementation in 2018.

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A runoff election is not enough to restore “majority rule” to Georgia’s 9th district

A runoff election is not enough to restore “majority rule” to Georgia’s 9th district

Runoff elections exist to ensure party nominees have broad support among voters. However, this system breaks down in competitive and crowded primary races, and Tuesday’s 2020 Republican Primary in GA 9th District is a timely example of what can go wrong.

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Plurality Wins in 2020: A Violation of America’s Majority Rule Principle

Plurality Wins in 2020: A Violation of America’s Majority Rule Principle

FairVote has identified six nominees likely to win in November even after failing to secure the majority necessary to win their party’s nomination.

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Early votes in Washington were more likely to be “wasted”

Posted on What's New Author Deb Otis on April 08, 2020
Early votes in Washington were more likely to be “wasted”

Washington’s vote-by-mail primary was on March 10th and ballots were accepted if they were postmarked by that date.

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Three candidates drop out in the days prior to Super Tuesday -- who stands to benefit?

Posted on What's New Author Deb Otis on March 02, 2020
Three candidates drop out in the days prior to Super Tuesday -- who stands to benefit?

We need a voting method which allows voters to indicate backup choices, especially in volatile races with crowded fields such as this one.  

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Nevada’s partial use of RCV helped mitigate caucus issues, but more changes are needed

Posted on What's New Author Deb Otis on February 25, 2020
Nevada’s partial use of RCV helped mitigate caucus issues, but more changes are needed

Let’s take a look at the novel way in which RCV was used in Nevada and how it impacted results. 

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For better polling, ask respondents for more than just one choice

Posted on Quick News Author Deb Otis on February 21, 2020
For better polling, ask respondents for more than just one choice

With a still-crowded field in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, the most informative polls are those which ask respondents for more than just their first choice. 

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30% of Democratic votes in New Hampshire were "wasted"

Posted on What's New Author Deb Otis on February 14, 2020
30% of Democratic votes in New Hampshire were

New Hampshire’s presidential primaries certainly ran more smoothly than Iowa’s caucuses, but the results illustrate a pitfall of crowded fields — the “wasted vote”. 

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Why don’t Bernie Sanders supporters have a second choice?

Posted on Quick News Author Deb Otis on February 03, 2020
Why don’t Bernie Sanders supporters have a second choice?

The Economist published results from a ranked choice voting poll which indicated a final showdown between Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, with Biden eking out a win.

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