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A runoff election is not enough to restore “majority rule” to Georgia’s 9th district

A runoff election is not enough to restore “majority rule” to Georgia’s 9th district

Runoff elections exist to ensure party nominees have broad support among voters. However, this system breaks down in competitive and crowded primary races, and Tuesday’s 2020 Republican Primary in GA 9th District is a timely example of what can go wrong.

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Kansas Primary Is a Win for RCV Proponents

Posted on What's New Adam Ginsburg on May 05, 2020
Kansas Primary Is a Win for RCV Proponents

This year four states have used #RankedChoiceVoting for their party-run presidential primaries, most recently Kansas—and, in all places, RCV promoted turnout, empowered voters, and guaranteed that no votes were “wasted.”

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Alaska models how to hold an election in a pandemic

Posted on What's New Eric Kruse, Author Jason Kwak on April 16, 2020
Alaska models how to hold an election in a pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Alaska became the latest state to conduct an election entirely with VBM, joining Colorado, Utah, Hawaii, and Washington. This provides a stark contrast from Wisconsin’s, in which 48,875 votes were wasted.

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Early votes in Washington were more likely to be “wasted”

Posted on What's New Author Deb Otis on April 08, 2020
Early votes in Washington were more likely to be “wasted”

Washington’s vote-by-mail primary was on March 10th and ballots were accepted if they were postmarked by that date.

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Three candidates drop out in the days prior to Super Tuesday -- who stands to benefit?

Posted on What's New Author Deb Otis on March 02, 2020
Three candidates drop out in the days prior to Super Tuesday -- who stands to benefit?

We need a voting method which allows voters to indicate backup choices, especially in volatile races with crowded fields such as this one.  

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Nevada’s partial use of RCV helped mitigate caucus issues, but more changes are needed

Posted on What's New Author Deb Otis on February 25, 2020
Nevada’s partial use of RCV helped mitigate caucus issues, but more changes are needed

Let’s take a look at the novel way in which RCV was used in Nevada and how it impacted results. 

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Vox: Ranked Choice Voting a “Winner” of Nevada Caucuses

Posted on Quick News Adam Ginsburg on February 24, 2020
Vox: Ranked Choice Voting a “Winner” of Nevada Caucuses

For the first time, the Nevada caucuses implemented ranked choice voting (RCV) in its successful early voting process—prompting Vox to label RCV a “winner” of the caucuses.

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Writers at Conservative- and Liberal-Leaning Publications Support RCV

Posted on Quick News Jeremy Seitz-brown on February 21, 2020
Writers at Conservative- and Liberal-Leaning Publications Support RCV

In “Making Sense of the Iowa Debacle,” Michael Brendan Dougherty writes for the conservative-leaning National Review that instant-runoff voting (also known as ranked choice voting) emerged from the Iowa caucuses as a process-winner.

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Iowa Precinct Captain Calls for Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on Quick News Jeremy Seitz-brown on February 21, 2020
Iowa Precinct Captain Calls for Ranked Choice Voting

As Nevada prepares to host what many believe may be the last presidential nominating caucuses, Iowans have advice on what Nevada and Iowa might do in the future.

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30% of Democratic votes in New Hampshire were "wasted"

Posted on What's New Author Deb Otis on February 14, 2020
30% of Democratic votes in New Hampshire were

New Hampshire’s presidential primaries certainly ran more smoothly than Iowa’s caucuses, but the results illustrate a pitfall of crowded fields — the “wasted vote”. 

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