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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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