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Post-Evenwel: We Still Need to Move Beyond Winner-Take-All Elections

Posted on Quick News Drew Penrose on April 05, 2016

This week the legal field was treated to a rare event: a politically contentious issue getting a unanimous decision from the Supreme Court. This case highlights some important issues inherent in the use of districts to elect legislators.

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North Carolina Voter Confusion Could Have Been Avoided

Posted on Quick News Drew Penrose on March 17, 2016

Many voters have already voted in North Carolina's March congressional primary - but that primary has now been cancelled, and so those votes will not be counted.

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Voting Rights Groups Act to Secure 17-Year-Old Primary Voting in Ohio

Posted on What's New Chris Hughes, Drew Penrose on March 09, 2016
Voting Rights Groups Act to Secure 17-Year-Old Primary Voting in Ohio

Earlier this week the ACLU of Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN), and Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Campaign each took action against the Ohio Secretary of State for his attempts to restrict 17-year-old voting in that state’s March 15 presidential primary.

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Fourteen Scholars Evaluate Thirty-Seven Electoral Reforms

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on December 23, 2015
Fourteen Scholars Evaluate Thirty-Seven Electoral Reforms

To identify what structural electoral reforms have the greatest relative impact, FairVote asked the experts. We partnered with a group of 14 leading scholars, each one an authority on legislatures, elections, and electoral rules, to assess the impact of 37 different structural reforms to election laws. Each scholar rated every reform based on its likely impact on 16 different criteria relating to legislative functionality, electoral accountability, voter engagement, and openness of process—meaning that there were 21 criteria ratings in all, counting the four general categories and the overall impact rating.

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Seven Ways Ranked Choice Voting is Empowering Voters in 2015

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on November 04, 2015
Seven Ways Ranked Choice Voting is Empowering Voters in 2015

Election Day 2015 has come and gone, and voters in cities in six states again found that they were not limited to marking only one candidate, but had the ability to rank the candidates in order of choice. Here are seven ways RCV worked around the country this year.

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The Paradox of Fairness and Competition in Virginia Redistricting

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on October 16, 2015
The Paradox of Fairness and Competition in Virginia Redistricting

The most recent scuffle over congressional redistricting in Virginia illustrates how poor a job single-winner districts do at achieving meaningful elections with fair results. With single-winner districts, we get results that may or may not be fair, may or may not be competitive, and result in a paradox under which they cannot be both fair and competitive.

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FairVote in the Supreme Court

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on August 27, 2015
FairVote in the Supreme Court

This month, FairVote submitted amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs along with the Center for Competitive Democracy in the Supreme Court for two cases. One concerns closed primaries in New Jersey; the other concerns the "top two" system in California. In both, FairVote hopes to inform the Court of the various options states have for primary election and ballot access reform, and how those choices can affect voters.

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