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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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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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