Challenges to Representation in the Maryland Gubernatorial Democratic Primary

Posted on June 03, 2022

This week, Our Maryland released their 2022 Gubernatorial Democratic Primary straw poll. For a distinctly competitive race, the Our Maryland poll aims to measure, in-depth, the distribution of support for the primary’s 10 Democratic candidates. Though the July 19 election will use a plurality voting system, Our Maryland’s poll will use ranked choice voting (RCV) to find the most popular winner among the primary candidates.

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Gubernatorial Plurality Wins Highlight the Need for RCV

Posted on April 29, 2022

Whenever a candidate takes office without support from a majority of voters, we are left wondering if things might have turned out differently if the race were narrowed to a contest between the two frontrunners. Unfortunately, from 1946 to 2021, 128 of the 1,092 gubernatorial elections nationwide - or 11.7 % - were won by candidates who won less than 50 percent of the vote.

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Case study: Racial turnout gap in San Bernardino primary elections

Posted on April 25, 2022

San Bernardino experiences similar racial disparities in voter turnout as several of its neighbors in California. This research demonstrates how the practice of contingent runoff elections exacerbates those trends and how ranked choice voting (RCV) can help close the gap and empower more voters. 

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Special elections cost time and money. RCV can help

Posted on November 16, 2021

This Election Day, three Congressional districts in Florida and Ohio conducted special elections to fill vacancies from legislators who were no longer filling their position. These elections would have been improved with ranked choice voting (RCV). Ranked choice voting eliminates the need for primaries and ensures winners have a mandate to govern their districts.

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Election Day at FairVote

Posted on November 02, 2021

Today is Election Day in much of the country, including city elections, statewide ballot measures and gubernatorial and state legislative elections in Virginia and New Jersey. If you have an opportunity to vote, please consider doing so -- our representative democracy starts with all of us. It’s been a busy fall at FairVote - and an historic one for ranked choice voting. Here are highlights

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