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Boulder voters have opportunity to adopt ranked choice voting

Posted on Quick News Matthew Oberstaedt on September 08, 2020
Boulder voters have opportunity to adopt ranked choice voting

Voters in Boulder, Colorado will soon get to decide if they want to elect their mayor directly using ranked choice voting (RCV). Currently, Boulder’s mayor is chosen by the City Council from among its own members. 

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Massachusetts House Primary Shows Need for Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on September 03, 2020
Massachusetts House Primary Shows Need for Ranked Choice Voting

Yet another crowded primary has chosen a winner with less than a fourth of voters supporting them, adding to the sad litany of American elections that were won even though the majority of voters picked someone else. This election provides even more evidence of the need to implement ranked choice voting (RCV).

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FairVote Webinar Rewind: Making Every Vote Count

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on September 03, 2020
FairVote Webinar Rewind: Making Every Vote Count

This Fall, FairVote is holding a series of webinars to take a deep look at The Future of American Elections. The inaugural webinar, called “Making Every Vote Count,” was held on Friday, August 28.

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Oklahoma primary runoff sees turnout decline by one-fourth

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on August 27, 2020
Oklahoma primary runoff sees turnout decline by one-fourth

Oklahoma’s primary runoffs are supposed to ensure that whoever the party nominates has support from the majority of members, but that goal is undermined by the fact that primary runoffs typically have far lower turnout than the initial primary.

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What American political parties can learn from Canada’s Conservatives

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on August 25, 2020
What American political parties can learn from Canada’s Conservatives

Canada’s Conservative Party used a version of #RankedChoiceVoting that weights ballots based on Canada’s electoral districts (which it calls ‘ridings’) in its all-mail election to choose a new leader on Sunday. 

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Three-fourths of voters left unrepresented in Florida primaries

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on August 21, 2020
Three-fourths of voters left unrepresented in Florida primaries

Nearly three-fourths of voters in two key Florida Republican congressional primaries did not vote for the winning candidate, raising questions about the fairness of a plurality election system that enables candidates to win without majority support.

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Virginia GOP uses ranked choice voting to elect new chairperson

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on August 19, 2020
Virginia GOP uses ranked choice voting to elect new chairperson

The Republican Party of Virginia used ranked choice voting (RCV) to choose the party’s new chairperson over the weekend. 

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Ranked choice Vice Presidential poll shows value of polling voters’ ranked preferences

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on August 14, 2020
Ranked choice Vice Presidential poll shows value of polling voters’ ranked preferences

Our recent #RankedChoiceVoting poll asking Democratic and independent voters to rank their preferences among seven possible running mates for Biden. The results were, in a nut shell, prescient.

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Minnetonka becomes second Minnesota city to hold RCV referendum this year

Posted on Quick News Matthew Oberstaedt on August 12, 2020
Minnetonka becomes second Minnesota city to hold RCV referendum this year

Minnetonka’s City Council voted unanimously on Monday to hold a referendum on adopting ranked choice voting (RCV) in local elections. Minnetonka follows Bloomington as the second Minnesota city to put forward an RCV referendum this year.

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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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