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National Popular Vote Plan: Empowering Americans

Posted on What's New Katie P. Kelly on August 25, 2011

Despite its successes and the way it empowers individual Americans, the National Popular Vote proposal is still facing opposition. Under the status quo, too many people and their states are ignored during the campaign season. It is time to think about this proposal in a new way: a way that is not constrained by the framework of the current system.   

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The Next Generation of Reformers: Reasons for Young People to Get Involved in the Electoral Reform Movement

Posted on What's New Dorothy Scheeline on August 24, 2011

A lot of the people advocating for structural changes do so because we have problems with the established political culture. The group of people that is 18-29 right now has a lot of reasons to want deep systemic change soon. Because of this, I think that over the next decade we will see groups that are focused on young people intensify their advocacy efforts for election reform issues.

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Bipartisan Over-Attention to Battleground States

Posted on What's New Katherine Sicienski on July 11, 2011

FairVote has recently blogged about the disproportionate attention that battleground states have received from President Barack Obama since his inauguration. But political calculation is thoroughly bipartisan. Witness how the Republican National Committee (RNC) is engaging in similar inequitable practices.

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Lower Presidential Election Turnout in Safe Republican States

Posted on What's New Neal Suidan on July 08, 2011

Thirteen states have voted for Republicans in every presidential election since 1980: Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. This track record makes them the most consistently safe Republican strongholds in modern presidential politics. In 1988, these states’ turnout barely trailed that of the rest of the country, by 2.56%. But in every election since, these 13 states have fallen further behind. In 2008, their turnout was 6.22% behind the rest of the nation. 

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Curing Our Democracy Part II: The Redistricting Connection and the Pitfalls of the District-Based Electoral Vote System

Posted on What's New Joe Sroka on July 07, 2011

Part II: The Redistricting Connection and the Pitfalls of the District-Based Electoral Vote SystemThis Part explores the interaction between redistricting and electoral vote allocation in Nebraska and Maine, demonstrating the negative consequences and offering solutions to these problems. See Part I for an introduction and discussion about the winner-take-all rule for allocating electoral votes.

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Curing Our Democracy Part I: Nebraska's Electoral Vote Debate and the Pitfalls of the Winner-Take-All Rule

Posted on What's New Joe Sroka on June 30, 2011

Part I: Nebraska's Electoral Vote Debate and the Pitfalls of the Winner-Take-All RuleIf put on the spot, one may have difficulty articulating similarities between the states of Nebraska and Maine: the former, corn-yielding and reliably Republican; the latter, fish-producing and predominately Democratic. Yet Maine and Nebraska are the only states in the Union that presently split presidential electoral votes by congressional district rather than allocating all electoral votes to the statewide winner. In doing so, Nebraska and Maine are useful in diagnosing two conditions that plague our democracy: the current systems of partisan redistricting and presidential electoral vote allocation.

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Presidential Tracker: Following the Money...For Now

On Thursday, June 23rd, President Obama visited both Fort Drum and New York City and held a total of five events. According to the Washington Post, the three events in New York City were all Democratic National Committee fundraisers. Since his election, the President has attended a total of 59 fundraisers, 12 of which have been in New York. In fact, 50 of the president's 59 fundraisers as president have been in the ten states that donated the most money to Presidential campaigns in 2008.

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Presidential Visits: A Return to Ohio and the Influence of the Electoral System on Presidential Attention

Posted on What's New Katherine Sicienski on June 14, 2011

On Friday, June 3rd, President Barack Obama delivered remarks at the Chrysler Group Supplier Park in Toledo, Ohio.  This was his 22nd event in the state of Ohio since assuming the presidency. Yet since his inauguration in 2009, the President has yet to hold a single event in ten states: South Carolina, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Utah, Nebraska, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Vermont.

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Presidential Visits: Current Electoral College Rules Distort Attention

Posted on What's New Matt Morris, Presidential Tracker on April 20, 2011

Wonder why you never get to see the President? One reason may be that you don't live in a swing state. We know that presidential candidates concentrate their general election time and resources in the few states that can make or break their election. But it turns out that it's not so different once they get elected; a disproportionate amount of time is spent in those same states. One solution to this problem would be the National Popular Vote plan for president.

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Electoral College Distortions: "Winner" could lose popular vote by a landslide

Posted on What's New Matt Morris on February 07, 2011

Could Obama have won with less than 25% of the popular vote? Under the current system of the Electoral College, this scenario is plausible.

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