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“2022 Primaries and How to Improve Them”: Ranked Choice Voting in Primary Elections

Posted on What's New Maria Merkle on July 29, 2022
“2022 Primaries and How to Improve Them”: Ranked Choice Voting in Primary Elections

Our primary elections are prone to producing weak candidates with small bases of support – because they only require a plurality to win. In the “2022 Primaries and How to Improve Them” Twitter Space, hosted by The Democracy Group, FairVote’s David Daley and Deb Otis discussed how ranked choice voting (RCV) can address this aspect of the primary problem.

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The State of Congress

Posted on Quick News Maria Merkle on July 22, 2022
The State of Congress

A new report shows deep problems in Congress. Could the Fair Representation Act be a path forward?

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30 Years of FairVote

Posted on What's New Maria Merkle on July 13, 2022
30 Years of FairVote

As we step into the coming decade of promise, FairVote’s founding mission will continue to guide us towards concrete goals. We are currently working together with our national, state and local partners to win ranked choice voting in more presidential primaries in 2024 and 500 cities by 2025.

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Spotlight: FairVote Washington

Posted on What's New Maria Merkle on July 08, 2022
Spotlight: FairVote Washington

Contributing 4 out of 6 of the US’s confirmed ranked choice voting (RCV) ballot measures this year, the Pacific Northwest is quickly becoming a hotspot for RCV support. Wins for ranked choice voting span from Portland and Multnomah County, Oregon, where voters will decide on RCV ballot measures in November, to Alaska, which will hold its first statewide RCV election in August.

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New York Leaps Towards Fair Representation with the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York

Posted on What's New Maria Merkle on June 24, 2022
New York Leaps Towards Fair Representation with the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York

The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York is a tremendous step forward for state-led voting reforms, but it is just the beginning. Without comprehensive national voter protections, states must take initiative and write their own protections into law. We encourage state governments to adopt their own versions of the Voting Rights Act.

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Alaskan Debut: What does Alaska’s new electoral system mean for the state?

Posted on What's New Maria Merkle on June 17, 2022
Alaskan Debut: What does Alaska’s new electoral system mean for the state?

On Saturday, June 11th Alaska made history by using its new electoral system for the first time. It features a top-four plurality open primary and a ranked choice voting (RCV) general election.

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A Voter's Perspective on Wasted Votes

Posted on What's New Maria Merkle on June 15, 2022
A Voter's Perspective on Wasted Votes

What I could not prepare for was my candidate dropping out of the race in between the time that I mailed in my absentee ballot and my state’s primary date. Come election day, my vote was wasted.

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Global News Sources Review RCV in Australia

Posted on Quick News Maria Merkle on June 10, 2022
Global News Sources Review RCV in Australia

Australia’s May 21st parliamentary election received global news coverage thanks to the major success of women and candidates who prioritize climate change. The election showed the potential of ranked choice voting, called “preferential voting” in Australia, to pick leaders who accurately reflect the public will rather than the political extreme.

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Challenges to Representation in the Maryland Gubernatorial Democratic Primary

Posted on What's New Maria Merkle on June 03, 2022
Challenges to Representation in the Maryland Gubernatorial Democratic Primary

This week, Our Maryland released their 2022 Gubernatorial Democratic Primary straw poll. For a distinctly competitive race, the Our Maryland poll aims to measure, in-depth, the distribution of support for the primary’s 10 Democratic candidates. Though the July 19 election will use a plurality voting system, Our Maryland’s poll will use ranked choice voting (RCV) to find the most popular winner among the primary candidates.

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