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RCV Voters Reject Backroom Dealing in West Australia Election

Posted on Quick News Haley Smith, Theodore Landsman on March 14, 2017

This past Saturday, the Australian Labor Party took control of the Western Australian state parliament after more than eight years of Liberal Party leadership. In a historic swing election, voters emphatically rejected the ruling Liberal-National coalition, with outgoing premier Colin Barnett conceding the race less than three hours after the polls closed. Support for the popular minor party, One Nation, was low as well.

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California Assemblyman Proposes Extending Voting Rights 17-Year-Olds

Posted on Quick News Shane Wade on March 09, 2017
California Assemblyman Proposes Extending Voting Rights 17-Year-Olds

California Assemblyman Evan Low has introduced a measure to lower the state’s minimum voting age to 17. “Young people are our future,” he said in an interview discussing the measure, “Lowering the voting age will help give them a voice in the democratic process and instill a lifelong habit of voting.”

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University of Minnesota Students Elect New President With Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on Quick News Ej Marin on March 07, 2017
University of Minnesota Students Elect New President With Ranked Choice Voting

MSA has been using ranked choice voting to conduct its elections since 2010. Since then the voter participation rate of the student body has increased by 91%.

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FairVote and Leading Maine Civic Groups File Briefs Defending Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on March 03, 2017
FairVote and Leading Maine Civic Groups File Briefs Defending Ranked Choice Voting

Working with pro bono attorneys from Hogan Lovells and Akin Gump, FairVote was among an impressive group of organizations and experts that today filed briefs to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in response to the request for an advisory opinion on the constitutionality of Maine’s Ranked Choice Voting law passed by voters in 2016.

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Utah House Passes Bipartisan Ranked Choice Voting Bill

Posted on Quick News Austin Plier on March 03, 2017
Utah House Passes Bipartisan Ranked Choice Voting Bill

On Friday, March 3rd, 2017, the Utah House voted 59-12 to pass HB 349, a bill that would require the use of ranked choice voting for nearly all Utah elections. Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D) introduced the bill, however it passed out of committee last week with Republican support in an 8-1 vote, and passed the House today with nearly 75% of House Republicans voting in support.

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Georgetown Students Elect New President With Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on Quick News Ej Marin on March 01, 2017
Georgetown Students Elect New President With Ranked Choice Voting

On February 24th, Georgetown University, one of the more than 50 US colleges and universities that use ranked choice voting, had one of its closest student government elections in recent history.

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Iowa Senator Introduces Ranked Choice Voting Legislation

Posted on Quick News Ej Marin on March 01, 2017
Iowa Senator Introduces RCV Bill

Iowa recently became one of 18 states to see legislation advancing ranked choice voting introduced this year.

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Explaining Moonlight's Surprise Oscar Win

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on February 27, 2017
Explaining Moonlight's Surprise Oscar Win

Last night, the steadfast viewers seeing the Oscar telecast to the end experienced a shocking moment: "La La Land" was wrongly read as the Best Picture winner, only to soon be corrected with the actual winner, Moonlight. But what we really can productively learn relates to the virtues of the ranked choice voting ('instant runoff") system used by the Academy since 2009 to elect Best Picture.

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Rep. Mark Pocan Re-Introduces Right to Vote Amendment

Posted on Quick News Austin Plier on February 21, 2017
Rep. Mark Pocan Re-Introduces Right to Vote Amendment

On February 15th, 2017, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-2) re-introduced a bill to amend the U.S. Constitution to explicitly grant all citizens of legal age the right to vote. As of February 21st, the bill had 28 co-sponsors.

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New Mexico Senate First to Pass National Popular Vote Plan in 2017

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on February 21, 2017
New Mexico Senate First to Pass National Popular Vote Plan in 2017

On Presidents Day, the New Mexico state senate became the first chamber to pass the National Popular Plan, by a margin of 26-16. It now moves onto the house. The legislation has been introduced in many other states as well.

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