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Kasich-Cruz agreement showcases failed plurality voting system

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on April 26, 2016

The campaigns for Ted Cruz and John Kasich are collaborating in a bid to block Donald Trump from winning the Republican nomination: Kasich won't campaign in Indiana, while Cruz will stand down in New Mexico and Oregon. But there's good reason to believe the deal with break down. Ranked choice voting would avoid the need for such deals simply by allowing voters to indicate backup choices.

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Virginia restores voting rights for ex-felons

Posted on Quick News Demarquin Johnson on April 25, 2016

On Friday, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order that would allow ex-felons the right to vote. More than 200,000 Virginia residents who have served their sentences and been released from parole or probation will benefit.

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UC Santa Barbara Holds First Fair Representation Election

Posted on Quick News Ethan Fitzgerald on April 25, 2016

In the first election held using multi-winner ranked choice voting to elect the Senate, a great leap forward for campus democracy at UCSB. In addition to an increase in voter turnout from last year, the election sees three new parties winning seats.

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Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Arizona Districts

Posted on Quick News Drew Penrose on April 20, 2016

This week, the Supreme Court in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission reiterated its prior holdings that if a state keeps population disparity between districts below 10%, then they will be upheld unless the population disparity exists because of an illegitimate purpose. In this case, the challengers couldn't prove that the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission had any purpose other than good faith compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

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2016 Popular Vote Numbers Updated

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on April 20, 2016

FairVote has updated its online popular vote spreadsheet for 2016 presidential primaries in the wake of the New York primary. Observations include: New York State GOP turnout is low; Ben Carson's votes won't count; Clinton widens lead over Sanders; and Trump has less than 38% of all votes cast.

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How Alabama Can Avoid 2 Percent Turnout in Runoff Elections

Posted on Quick News Michelle C. Whittaker on April 15, 2016

Runoff elections are costly and lead to lower voter turnout. A better option for Alabama is to use ranked choice voting (also known as instant runoff voting) to ensure that all voters can participate in a high turnout, meaningful election. The good news for Alabama is they already have ranked choice voting (for overseas voters)!

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Conversation Turns to Ranked Choice Voting for GOP Convention

Posted on Quick News Molly Rockett on April 14, 2016

Today, Matthew Dean Hindman writes for the Washington Post that instant runoff voting would be the "most fair, transparent and democratic manner possible," to select the eventual nominee. FairVote's second choice polling series has explored how instant runoff voting could improve not only the convention process, but also the individual primaries taking place in states and the public opinion polls used to gauge voter preferences.

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Ranked Choice Voting Poll for Maryland's 8th Congressional District Primaries

Posted on Quick News Demarquin Johnson on April 14, 2016

When Representative Chris Van Hollen announced his statewide campaign for the U.S. Senate, his congressional seat opened up. Participate in our ranked choice voting poll for primaries in Maryland's 8th Congressional District.

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Alabama State Board of Education Runoff Garners 3% Turnout

Posted on Quick News Austin Plier on April 14, 2016

Alabama held runoff elections for the District 1 and District 7 seats on the Alabama State Board of Education, as well as several Circuit Court Judge nominations on Tuesday. In District 1, where the state spent $500,000 dollars to administer the election, voter turnout was only 3%. Alabama could replace costly, low-turnout runoffs by using ranked choice voting in primary elections.

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Capitol Protest Calls for National Gerrymandering Solution

Posted on Quick News Austin Plier on April 12, 2016

With nearly 9 in 10 U.S. House seats safe for the incumbent party in 2016, citizens are right to be frustrated with the status quo when it comes to gerrymandering. Those who want a national solution should learn more about FairVote's fair representation plan for Congress, which would allow every voter to participate in a competitive congressional election to make sure that elected leaders are more accountable to the people.

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