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Maine's First Ranked Choice Voting Election: June, 2018

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on November 15, 2016
Maine's First Ranked Choice Voting Election: June, 2018

On Election Day 2016, voters in Maine showed that they intend to live up to Maine’s motto: “Dirigo,” meaning “I lead.” In 2018, they will be the first state to use ranked choice voting in all state and congressional elections, notwithstanding doubts expressed in some post-election coverage.

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Gerrymandering Pays Off in Wisconsin

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on November 08, 2016
Gerrymandering Pays Off in Wisconsin

Results are coming in from Wisconsin, and they demonstrate how much Wisconsin stands as an example of the unfair partisan skew in congressional and legislative elections. This may help make the case for a lawsuit working its way through federal court, arguing that Wisconsin's gerrymandered districts violate the U.S. Constitution.

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No Vote on Fair Districts in Illinois

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on November 08, 2016
No Vote on Fair Districts in Illinois

The polls have closed in Illinois, and, when it comes to the Illinois state legislature, it has been another election in which the politicians chose their voters, and not the other way around. Although Illinois may not be able to adopt independent redistricting, there is another solution, rooted in Illinois' history.

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Don Beyer Elected to Second Term

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on November 08, 2016
Don Beyer Elected to Second Term

Virginia’s polls are now closed, and Representative Don Beyer of Virginia’s Eighth District appears to have been elected to his second term, based on early returns. Don Beyer’s first term has marked him as an innovative thinker and a supporter of important election changes.

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Votes vs. Seats in the People's House

Posted on What's New Rob Richie, Drew Penrose on November 08, 2016
Votes vs. Seats in the People's House

Tonight, we can say with confidence that Republicans will maintain their majority in the House of Representatives, whether they win more votes or not. In addition, there will likely be multiple states in which more voters vote for one party, yet the other party wins more seats.

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International Democracy Organizations Visit FairVote

Posted on What's New Austin Plier, Drew Penrose on November 07, 2016
International Democracy Organizations Visit FairVote

Recently, FairVote has had the opportunity to make such presentations to two international groups: The Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA), and representatives from the United States electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS).

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FairVote Provides Research to Canada's Electoral Reform Committee

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on August 29, 2016
FairVote Provides Research to Canada's Electoral Reform Committee

FairVote joined scholars like Arend Lijphart in submitting a brief to the Canadian Special Committee on Electoral Reform to help guide their decision making as to how Canada’s elections should be reformed. Like the United States, Canada elects its national legislature exclusively from single-winner districts, elected by plurality vote. It does not use a proportional system. Also like the United States, this causes problems.

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Fourth Circuit Restores Pro-Voter Practices to North Carolina

Posted on Quick News Drew Penrose on July 29, 2016
Fourth Circuit Restores Pro-Voter Practices to North Carolina

Today the Federal Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit reversed a lower court in North Carolina and struck down a bill implementing strict voter ID and repealing many of the state's pro-voter policies, including voter preregistration.

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Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Arizona Districts

Posted on Quick News Drew Penrose on April 20, 2016

This week, the Supreme Court in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission reiterated its prior holdings that if a state keeps population disparity between districts below 10%, then they will be upheld unless the population disparity exists because of an illegitimate purpose. In this case, the challengers couldn't prove that the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission had any purpose other than good faith compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

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FairVote Joins Lawsuit to Open the Debates

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on April 15, 2016
FairVote Joins Lawsuit to Open the Debates

For two decades, the Commission on Presidential Debates has excluded every candidate from the general election presidential and vice-presidential debates but two: the nominees of the Republican and Democratic Parties. On April 13th, FairVote filed an amicus brief in support of Level the Playing Field and other plaintiffs to change this exclusionary rule and help open the debates to more competition.

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