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Academics and thought leaders praise the Fair Representation Act

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on June 11, 2021
Academics and thought leaders praise the Fair Representation Act

Rep. Don Beyer just reintroduced the Fair Representation Act (FRA) in Congress, which would implement ranked choice voting and multi-member districts for congressional elections. Since its inception, the bill has been hailed by academic leaders in the United States and around the world as a way to fix our broken elections, eliminate gerrymandering, and tackle America’s growing crisis of polarization. Here are some examples of what they have said.

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Fair Representation Act Reintroduced in Congress

Posted on Quick News Matthew Oberstaedt on June 11, 2021
Fair Representation Act Reintroduced in Congress

On Friday, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA-8) reintroduced the Fair Representation Act in Congress. The FRA addresses the root causes of polarization and gridlock by giving American voters across the political spectrum the power to elect their preferred candidates with a three-pronged reform:

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FairVote Webinar Rewind: Ranked Choice Voting Won Big

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on December 10, 2020
FairVote Webinar Rewind: Ranked Choice Voting Won Big

On Tuesday, December 1, FairVote hosted a webinar to analyze the exciting victories of ranked choice voting (RCV) ballot measures this year. The webinar was part of our Fall series on The Future of American Elections.

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Georgia runoff sees low turnout, million dollar cost to fill 33 day term

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on December 02, 2020
Georgia runoff sees low turnout, million dollar cost to fill 33 day term

On December 1, voters in Georgia’s 5th Congressional District voted in a runoff for the special election to fill the final 33 days of the late-Congressman John Lewis’s term in Congress. 

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RCV in Action: Eastpointe’s City Council Election

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on December 02, 2020
RCV in Action: Eastpointe’s City Council Election

Eastpointe, Michigan held its city council election this November using ranked choice voting. The election occurred because the council seat’s previous holder, Monique Owens, resigned to become mayor last year.

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New Hampshire Democrats use ranked choice voting to choose new leader

Posted on Quick News Matthew Oberstaedt on November 24, 2020
New Hampshire Democrats use ranked choice voting to choose new leader

Last week, New Hampshire’s House Democratic caucus used ranked choice voting (RCV) to choose Representative Renny Cushing as their new leader. The race featured four candidates and required three rounds of counting before a majority winner emerged.

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FairVote Webinar Rewind: Maine leads with the first RCV Presidential General Election

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on November 18, 2020
FairVote Webinar Rewind: Maine leads with the first RCV Presidential General Election

On Tuesday, November 17, FairVote held a webinar to discuss Maine’s historic first use of RCV in a presidential general election. It was part of our fall series on The Future of American American Elections.

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Minnesota congressional candidate recruited a third party spoiler to split his opponent’s vote

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on November 12, 2020
Minnesota congressional candidate recruited a third party spoiler to split his opponent’s vote

Plurality victories are an all too common feature of American political life. It isn’t rare to see candidates prevail in a crowded field even though 70 or 80 percent of voters voted for someone else.

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Graphic novel offers new way to educate voters about election reform

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on November 11, 2020
Graphic novel offers new way to educate voters about election reform

Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy examines how plurality elections drive polarization and fail to adequately represent voters, and demonstrates how ranked choice voting can improve representation and ease partisan tensions.

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Voters approve ranked choice voting in five cities

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on November 04, 2020
Voters approve ranked choice voting in five cities

All five cities that held referendums to adopt ranked choice voting yesterday passed them by wide margins, even as RCV was defeated in a Massachusetts vote. The result in Alaska remains unclear as most votes have not yet been counted.

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