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Plurality voting leaves elections open to manipulation 

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on July 31, 2020
Plurality voting leaves elections open to manipulation 

Most American elections use the same, supposedly-simple system: plurality voting, where whoever gets the most votes wins even if a majority of voters support one of the other candidates.

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Albany could adopt Multi-Winner RCV to better represent its community

Posted on Quick News Matthew Oberstaedt on July 30, 2020
Albany could adopt Multi-Winner RCV to better represent its community

Voters in Albany, California will soon get to vote on adopting a Multi-Winner Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) system for city council and school board elections. The city council voted unanimously last month to put the measure on the November ballot. The measure is promoted by Voter Choice Albany.

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Bloomington Council puts ranked choice voting on the November ballot

Posted on Quick News Matthew Oberstaedt on July 30, 2020
Bloomington Council puts ranked choice voting on the November ballot

The Bloomington City Council voted 6 to 1 on Monday to put a ranked choice voting (RCV) referendum on the November ballot. Thanks to the hard work of local advocates at Ranked Choice Voting Bloomington and FairVote Minnesota, the city could soon elect its Mayor and City Council with a voting system that is fairer to both candidates and voters.

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Multi-round Republican convention lasts 9.5 hours in intense heat

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on July 23, 2020
Multi-round Republican convention lasts 9.5 hours in intense heat

Virginia’s 7th Congressional District Republican Convention on July 18 lasted nearly 10 hours in 97 degree heat as the party conducted three rounds of voting to choose its congressional nominee.

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Republican Officials make strides with Ranked Choice Voting in 2020

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on July 22, 2020
Republican Officials make strides with Ranked Choice Voting in 2020

This year, both major parties have found ranked choice voting (RCV) an important tool for improving their party elections and primary elections. Although much of the attention to this has focused on the Democrats’ use of RCV in presidential primaries across five states, Republicans have also successfully used RCV in a number of cases, recognizing RCV as a proven system that can save voters time and make elections fairer for everyone involved.

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Alabama primary runoffs have hefty price tag, low turnout

Posted on Quick News Matthew Oberstaedt on July 17, 2020
Alabama primary runoffs have hefty price tag, low turnout

On Tuesday, Alabama Republicans went to the polls in a primary runoff to determine their nominee for U.S. Senator, after no candidate received a majority in the initial March primary.

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Burlington could hold Ranked Choice Voting referendum this November

Posted on Quick News Matthew Oberstaedt on July 16, 2020
Burlington could hold Ranked Choice Voting referendum this November

On Monday, the City Council of Burlington, Vermont voted to put a referendum on the November ballot about whether to adopt #RankedChoiceVoting in local elections.

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Utah legislators seek to expand Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on Quick News Matthew Oberstaedt on July 07, 2020
Utah legislators seek to expand Ranked Choice Voting

Two Republican legislators in Utah plan to introduce a bill that would implement #RankedChoiceVoting in all of the state’s publicly-funded primaries.

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Virginia Republicans Used Ranked Choice Voting at Local Conventions

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on June 26, 2020
Virginia Republicans Used Ranked Choice Voting at Local Conventions

Virginia Republicans (@VA_GOP) used #RankedChoiceVoting (RCV) as a way to choose stronger nominees at their local conventions.

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Oscars Take Major Steps Towards Fair Representation

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on June 18, 2020
Oscars Take Major Steps Towards Fair Representation

After 9 years of using a different ranked choice system, the Board of Governors of the Oscars Academy just updated the RCV system they use to choose the Oscar nominees for Best Picture to a Multi-Winner RCV model, known abroad as Single Transferable Vote.

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