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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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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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