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Ranked choice voting wins across the country

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on November 03, 2021
Ranked choice voting wins across the country

Ranked choice voting (RCV) was on the ballot in three cities last night, and it won in all three.

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Ranked choice voting lets more votes count

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on October 27, 2021
Ranked choice voting lets more votes count

It’s an age-old question: If you vote early for a candidate who drops out before election day, does your vote still count? It depends on the election system you use.

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Voter Choice Act reintroduced in Congress

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on October 06, 2021
Voter Choice Act reintroduced in Congress

Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Dean Phillips just reintroduced the Voter Choice Act in Congress, with Senator Angus King as a co-sponsor. The bill empowers communities with the option to reform their own elections by providing funding and technical support to state and local governments that want to switch to ranked choice voting (RCV).

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FairVote supports the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Posted on Quick News Matthew Oberstaedt on October 05, 2021
FairVote supports the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

On Tuesday, Senate President pro tempore Patrick Leahy introduced the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in the Senate. The bill already passed the House of Representatives in August, where it was sponsored by Alabama Representative Terri Sewell.

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FairVote’s Dave Daley makes the case for proportional RCV in the New York Times

Posted on Quick News Matthew Oberstaedt on September 29, 2021
FairVote’s Dave Daley makes the case for proportional RCV in the New York Times

Today, FairVote Senior Fellow Dave Daley published an Op-Ed in the New York Times explaining why multi-member House districts with ranked choice voting would be a powerful solution to the extreme partisan gerrymandering we have seen so far in 2021

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Plurality voting failed Canadians. Again.

Posted on Quick News Matthew Oberstaedt on September 21, 2021
Plurality voting failed Canadians. Again.

Once again, Canada’s system of plurality voting in single-member districts has done a poor job of serving the public. Though some ballots remain to be counted, a few trends are clear.

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The next gerrymandering cycle is about to begin

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on August 12, 2021
The next gerrymandering cycle is about to begin

We are on the precipice of one of the worst redistricting bloodbaths in American history. Today the U.S. Census Bureau released data to let states draw Congressional and legislative maps that will shape politics for the next decade. States across the country - right, left, and center - are getting ready to gerrymander.

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Ranked choice voting bill introduced in the nation’s capital

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on July 15, 2021
Ranked choice voting bill introduced in the nation’s capital

On July 14, Councilmember Christina Henderson introduced the VOICE Amendment Act in Washington, DC’s city council. If passed, it would implement ranked choice voting (RCV) in the District’s elections, including those for U.S. President, Mayor, Attorney General, city council members, and Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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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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