Reports

Four Ridiculous Electoral College Rules

Posted on September 26, 2012

The Electoral College in its current form is always pretty ridiculous --after all, every election it causes campaigns to ignore most of the country in favor of a handfull of swing states. But you may not know the four most nonsense Electoral College rules, written into the Constitution, that could take effect this November.

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Major Media Gets it Wrong on Hong Kong Elections

Posted on September 24, 2012

Hong Kong's pro-democracy parties did not perform as well as expected in the September 9 Legislative Council elections. The New York Times would have you believe that the disappointing result can be blamed on Hong Kong's proportional representation system. But that explanation is misleading and distracts from the real problems of the city's electoral structure.

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FairVote's Presidential Campaign Tracker: Past, Present, and Future

Posted on September 18, 2012

The presidential campaign has entered its final weeks, when presidential candidates travel and campaign across the country almost every day (in swing states), advertise on television hundreds of times a day (in swing states), and thousands of volunteers devote their weekends and evenings to getting out the vote (in in swing states). This election cycle, FairVote is continuing our efforts to track the candidates’ travel and television ad spending, just as we did in the 2004 and 2008 campaigns and throughout President Barack Obama’s time in office.

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Todd Akin and Non-Majority Rule

Posted on August 24, 2012

Having just completed his 6th term in the U.S. House, Republican Todd Akin is widely known as Missouri's controversial Senate candidate. As the media scorns his comments about rape and pregnancy, many wonder how Akin came to office in the first place, which presents an opportunity to step back and examine the system that put him in power. What have we got here? A case of plurality voting and the unrepresentative legislator.

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How the Electoral College Became Winner-Take-All

Posted on August 21, 2012

Electoral College electors weren't always chosen based on statewide winner-take-all rules. The first 13 U.S. presidential elections were messy and confusing, as each state used its own method for holding--or not holding--presidential elections.

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Swing States of America: Candidate Tracker and News, August 6

Posted on August 03, 2012

Nationwide polls remain close, but recent swing state polling suggests that President Barack Obama is beginning to pull away from Mitt Romney in the few states that will decide the 2012 presidential election. Obama attempts to further increase this lead with another week of swing state campaigning.

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