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Bipartisan Win for Automatic Voter Registration in West Virginia

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on April 06, 2016

FairVote was a pioneer in calling for automatic voter registration as a key step toward a goal of ensuring every eligible voter is registered and no ineligible voter is registered. In the wake of big wins in California and Oregon, we can now add West Virginia to the list -- all the more encouraging given that it has a Democratic governor and Republican legislature.

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Big Ballot Access Win in Case Challenging Georgia Law

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on April 06, 2016

Federal judge Richard W. Story has struck down Georgia's petition requirement for independent and unqualified parties. As explained by Richard Winger, the ruling holds the promise to be a huge breakthrough for fair ballot access.

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New Popular Vote Primary Numbers after Wisconsin

Posted on Quick News Rob Richie on April 06, 2016

FairVote's tracking of the national popular vote totals in this year's presidential primaries is garnering attention, including being featured yesterday in Polifact. See our latest numbers after the Wisconsin primary, including more than 640,000 cast for candidates after they withdrew.

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No Simple Answers to an Important Question: Why Don't More Americans Vote?

Posted on Quick News Molly Rockett on April 05, 2016

A recent profile by Bloomberg Politics uses data from the U.S. Census survey to track why Americans don't vote. While the results vary by state, common issues cited are difficulty registering, health issues, and travel on the day of the election.

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Post-Evenwel: We Still Need to Move Beyond Winner-Take-All Elections

Posted on Quick News Drew Penrose on April 05, 2016

This week the legal field was treated to a rare event: a politically contentious issue getting a unanimous decision from the Supreme Court. This case highlights some important issues inherent in the use of districts to elect legislators.

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NYC Comptroller Calls for Electoral Reform, including Instant Runoff Voting

Posted on Quick News Michelle C. Whittaker on April 04, 2016

Among the Controller’s recommendations are reforms that FairVote also supports, including ranked choice voting (also known as “instant runoff voting”). Runoff elections also have much lower turnout and can disfranchise absentee and military overseas voters. Enabling instant runoff voting would give every eligible voter the ability to fully express their voice in a single, high turnout election.

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Georgia's State Legislature Ranks Worst in Uncontested Elections

Posted on Quick News Austin Plier on April 04, 2016

According to Ballotpedia, more than 4 in 5 state legislature races in Georgia will be uncontested by the opposing party this year.. In addition, 77.4% of incumbents who are running in 2016 won't face a challenger in their primary.

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Starbucks CEO calls for greater civility in national discourse

Posted on Quick News Molly Rockett on April 04, 2016

At the 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz condemned the rising polarization and dysfunction that has gripped politics over the past few years and called for greater civility and optimism in national discourse.

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Trump Calls for Kasich to Exit Race

Posted on Quick News Molly Rockett on April 04, 2016

Trump accused Kasich of "taking" his votes, implying that he considers himself the second-choice candidate of many Kasich supporters.

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Court Rules Law Banning Lies in Campaigning Violates First Amendment

Posted on Quick News Molly Rockett on April 01, 2016

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a 2014 District Court Ruling that found Ohio's law banning false statements in campaigns in violation of the First Amendment protecting free speech.

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