Pages tagged "Primaries and voter choice"


Nevada’s innovative use of RCV in 2020 gave greater voice to voters

Posted on What's New Deb Otis on May 16, 2022
Nevada’s innovative use of RCV in 2020 gave greater voice to voters

On Saturday, May 7, Republican voters in Virginia’s 11th Congressional District used ranked choice voting (RCV) to nominate Jim Myles as their 2022 candidate for U.S. House. This is the first use of RCV to nominate a congressional candidate in Virginia’s 11th, which comprises most of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and part of Prince William County.

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Ranked Choice Voting in VA-11 GOP Primary: Initial Analysis

Posted on What's New Will Mantell And Deb Otis on May 10, 2022
Ranked Choice Voting in VA-11 GOP Primary: Initial Analysis

On Saturday, May 7, Republican voters in Virginia’s 11th Congressional District used ranked choice voting (RCV) to nominate Jim Myles as their 2022 candidate for U.S. House. This is the first use of RCV to nominate a congressional candidate in Virginia’s 11th, which comprises most of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and part of Prince William County.

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How the Fair Representation Act Can Solve the “Primary Problem”

Posted on What's New Rachel Rappaport on May 03, 2022
How the Fair Representation Act Can Solve the “Primary Problem”

Between partisan gerrymandering and geographical sorting, more and more congressional districts are safely red or blue. This means that in a red district, whoever wins the Republican primary will win the general election with ease. The same can be said for the winner of the Democratic primary in a blue district.

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FairVote’s Scholarship Makes the Case for RCV in Presidential Primaries

Posted on What's New Lucy Kaufman on August 11, 2021
FairVote’s Scholarship Makes the Case for RCV in Presidential Primaries

This year, FairVote’s Rob Richie, Ben Oestericher, Deb Otis, and Jeremy Seitz-Brown wrote a 10-page article for Politics and Governance about how the use of ranked choice voting (RCV) ballots in presidential primaries both preserves the right of voters to elect their party’s nominee while encouraging candidates to build a majority coalition within their party and reflect its values in order to secure the nomination.

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Ranked choice voting offers improvements to presidential primaries

Posted on What's New Lucy Kaufman on June 17, 2021
Ranked choice voting offers improvements to presidential primaries

As the last few presidential primary election cycles have shown, the selection of a major party’s nominee has a profound impact on the American political ecosystem. Recent primary cycles have seen increasingly crowded fields

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Congressional election security bill includes key ranked choice voting provision

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on June 26, 2019
Congressional election security bill includes key ranked choice voting provision

Ranked choice voting is garnering more allies in Congress. The Election Security Act retains a provision from H.R. 1 that helps advance the movement for ranked choice voting.

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What is ranked choice voting?

Posted on What's New Mikhaila Markham on April 10, 2019
What is ranked choice voting?

Instead of choosing just one candidate, why not allow voters to rank all the contestants in order of preference? Ranked choice voting would not only eliminate the spoiler effect, but it would reduce strategic voting and jumpstart America’s transition away from the two-party system.

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The primary problem with American primaries: lack of competition

Posted on What's New Erica Frazier on December 17, 2018
The primary problem with American primaries: lack of competition

Competition is the missing ingredient from American primary elections.

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Two reforms emerge to boost turnout, competition after 2018 primaries

Posted on What's New Kevin Johnson on September 21, 2018
Two reforms emerge to boost turnout, competition after 2018 primaries

Election reform moved forward this cycle, but there is more work to be done.

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2018 primaries made history, including in low plurality wins

Posted on What's New Nancy Lavin on September 20, 2018
2018 primaries made history, including in low plurality wins

A plethora of disturbingly low plurality wins in the 2018 primaries exemplify the need for ranked choice voting.

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