Pages tagged "Fairvote"

Mock elections: an innovative way to introduce voting to students

Posted on What's New Loqmane Jamil on January 31, 2011

One measurement of the health of our democracy is the participation of the citizens. Unfortunately, voter turnout in the United States, (especially in non-presidential elections) is among the lowest of any democracy in the world. Here at FairVote, we seek to generate a greater focus on that problem starting in our schools- and explore ideas like mock elections to encourage voting from a young age.

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With choice voting for Oscar nominations, passion wins

Posted on What's New Wael Abdel Hamid on January 28, 2011

In the days since the nominations of the 83th Oscars’ ceremony awards were announced, the entertainment press has written quite a bit about the surprises, along with the usual talk of scandalous snubs. What should be highlighted more, we believe, is the important role of the system used to choose these nominees -- who, no matter matter happens in the final vote, are already winners.Read this article and many others on FairVote's annual coverage of the Oscars on Oscar Votes 123.

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The Constitutional Right to Vote Blog: Felon Disenfranchisement in Iowa

Posted on What's New Right To Vote Blog, Jo Mckeegan on January 20, 2011

Iowa is a poster child for what it means to fail to protect our right to vote in the U.S. Constitution: fundamental democratic rights can then be tossed around like a political football.

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Egypt's parliamentary elections — The roots of a democracy in denial

Posted on What's New Arab Spring Series, Wael Abdel Hamid on January 18, 2011

In 2010, Egypt held parliamentary elections which were widely criticized at home and abroad as corrupt and anti-democratic. Of particular concern was the fate of the Muslim Brothers, who had risen to prominence as the main opposition party in the 2005 elections, only to be swept completely out of Parliament in 2010.This article makes a little overview of Egyptian institutions before analyzing the roots of the last Egyptian electoral crisis. 

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The Constitutional Right to Vote Blog: Bush v. Gore, Ten Years Later

Posted on What's New Right To Vote Blog, Jo Mckeegan on December 14, 2010

Ten years ago, in December of 2000, the Supreme Court decided Bush v. Gore. The case remains one of the more dividing litmus tests in American politics.

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Incentives to vote: A trivial carrot or a reliable solution for increasing voting turnout?

Posted on What's New Wael Abdel Hamid on December 09, 2010

Voter turnout is abnormally low in the United States - -and closely correlates by eligible voter’s level of education and income. Compulsory voting can act as a stick to force voter turnout, but another approach is to encourage people to go to the polls by creating incentives to vote. Just as compulsory voting is not a clear cut issue, such reward-based practices can have their advantages and their disadvantages. 

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Brennan Center article "Citizen's Guide to Redistricting" published

Posted on What's New Jo Mckeegan on December 01, 2010

This 2010 edition is intended to not only serve as a guide to those already “in the know” such as academics and experts on emerging trends in gerrymandering, but also to introduce students, and policymakers to the variety of ways in which redistricting affects the day to day lives of citizens.

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Who Will Own the Millennial Vote?

Posted on What's New Krist Novoselic on November 23, 2010

1992 was a big year for me. My band Nirvana not only had a number one record, we were credited for transforming rock music itself. There was not only a musical realignment that year; young people, a coveted demographic, were also paying attention to the presidential election...

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Voting, It's as Easy as 1-2-3 (for some)

Posted on What's New Amy Ngai on October 28, 2010

Many voters, not kindergarteners, will be employing their basis counting skills come Election Day. That’s because a number of jurisdictions across the country have adopted Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) also known as ranked choice voting for electing local (and even statewide) offices. 

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Live Blogging from the polls in DC

Posted on What's New on October 20, 2010

Election Day is here! Amy Ngai, Director of Program for Representative Government at FairVote, is working the polls in DC.

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