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Third Party Chances Are Slim Without Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on Quick News Ethan Fitzgerald on July 15, 2016

Without expanded use of ranked choice voting, third parties have little chance of gaining traction among the electorate. Even if they do, they run the risk of splitting the vote with ideologically similar parties, and allowing the party they agree with least to win. Reich is correct to point out that there are more than just two viewpoints in American politics and each deserves a seat at the table. But to ensure that every group has a real chance of winning representation, we need a level playing field for all perspectives.

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Newt Gingrich Wins Vice Presidential RCV Straw Poll

Posted on Quick News Jeremy Seitz-brown on July 14, 2016

The “Veepstakes” are nearing a close, with Donald Trump expected to announce his vice presidential selection by the end of the week and Hillary Clinton expected to announce her selection sometime next week. In an online RCV poll conducted by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) Newt Gingrich emerged victorious, winning 40% of votes in the first round and 64% in the final round.

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UK Conservative Party's Leadership Election Functions Like a Ranked Choice Voting Election

Posted on Quick News Michael Patison on July 13, 2016

Very closely simulating a ranked choice voting election, Conservative MPs voted in a series of ballots to eventually elect Theresa May as leader of the party and replace David Cameron as Prime Minister.

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Abner Mikva, Fair Representation Voting Champion, Has Died

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on July 05, 2016

Abner Mikva died on July 4th, our nation's Independence Day. Judge Mikva had a storied career, including time as a federal judge, Member of Congress and White House counsel.

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Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Felon Voting Ban

Posted on Quick News Peter Jarka-sellers on June 30, 2016

This morning the Iowa State Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the state’s lifetime ban on voting for anyone convicted of a felony was allowed under the state’s constitution.

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New Jersey 17-Year-Old Primary Voting Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

Posted on Quick News Austin Plier on June 28, 2016

A bill that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections (if they will be 18 by the date of the general election) is headed to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's desk after passing the state Senate. Allowing 17 year-olds to vote in primary elections is a simple, common sense expansion of suffrage that helps young voters form voting as a habit early on in life.

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Supreme Court Takes Up Two Gerrymandering Cases for October Term

Posted on Quick News Chris Hughes on June 28, 2016

The Supreme Court yesterday took up a case challenging North Carolina lawmakers' use of race while redrawing the state's congressional districts in 2011. The case, McCrory v. Harris, is an appeal by the state challenging a lower court finding that two districts were illegally packed with black voters. It joins another racial redistricting case already on the court's docket out of Virginia.

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AP Analysis Shows Representation Gap for People of Color in Illinois

Posted on Quick News Austin Plier on June 27, 2016

From a voting method perspective, Illinois is particularly interesting, as the state used to elect its legislature using a form of fair representation voting called "cumulative voting" for over 100 years. Given the Illinois state legislature's gridlock and the underrepresentation of racial minority groups in the state, a return to fair representation voting is greatly needed.

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New PEW Study: Politics is More Divided Than Ever

Posted on Quick News Molly Rockett on June 24, 2016

In a survey of nearly 4,400 adults this past March and April, PEW finds partisanship and polarization to be more entrenched than ever among Americans. This data does not bode well for proponents of competitive congressional elections.

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National Organization for Women Continues to Highlight Underrepresentation in Politics

Posted on Quick News Molly Rockett on June 24, 2016

In a press release today, the National Organization for Women (NOW) called attention to the continued underrepresentation of women in politics, and affirmed their commitment to participating in the new formed Voting Rights Caucus in Congress.

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