Pages tagged "Reforms"

Jordan: Boycotts and Tribalism Question Election's Credibility

Posted on What's New Andy Andrianantoandro on October 20, 2010

Jordan’s parliamentary elections took place on November 9 after a year of direct rule by King Abdullah II

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North Carolina uses IRV for the first time in a statewide election

Posted on What's New Chris Marchsteiner on September 01, 2010

North Carolina will make history November 2 as the first state to use instant runoff voting (IRV) in a statewide election in the modern era. As reported in The Times-News, thirteen candidates have filed to run in the race to fill a vacancy on the state Court of Appeals. Additionally, three counties in the state will be using IRV to fill vacancies in three Superior Court races.

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New Delaware law allows 16-year-olds to preregister to vote

Posted on What's New Jo Mckeegan on September 01, 2010

On September 8, Delaware governor Jack A. Markell signed into law a bill allowing 16-year-olds to preregister to vote.  The passage of the law makes Delaware the sixth state (plus the District of Columbia) to adopt youth preregistration reforms aimed at engaging young citizens in the political process.

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Is 23% enough to be an Arizona Congressman? Non-majority rules in August 25 primaries in Arizona, Florida and Vermont

Posted on What's New The Non-majority Rule Desk, Cathy Le on August 26, 2010

This month I have blogged on state primaries held on August 3rd and August 10th about a serious, if often overlooked problem in our politics: non-majority winners in primary elections held with plurality voting.

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Reasons to Reconsider Plurality Voting

Posted on What's New Cathy Le on August 18, 2010

Nominating contests for congressional and gubernatorial races often attract many candidates running to be the nominee for their respective party. When more than two candidates compete under a plurality voting system, elections can be won with only a minority percent of the vote and top contenders or ‘spoilers’ can end up splitting the vote, handing the election to a weak nominee.  

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Michigan Primary Results Reveal Flaws in Winner-Take-All System

Posted on What's New Cathy Le on August 05, 2010

The August 3rd primary in Michigan had several competitive races. In nomination contests for 15 U.S. House seats and the governor’s race, six of the winners will advance despite falling short of a majority of the vote in the primary.

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Colorado, the GOP, and IRV

Posted on What's New Patrick Withers on July 26, 2010

One major political party in Colorado sees first hand the weaknesses of our current electoral system.  Will they also see the solution?

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FairVote testifies to Maryland Senate Committee

Posted on What's New Pauline Lejeune on February 26, 2010

Yesterday, the Maryland Senate Education, Health & Environmental Committee held a public hearing on several election bills. FairVote’s Right to Vote Director Adam Fogel testified in favor of two of the bills that are sponsored by Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-20): -    SB 292, which will set a uniform voter registration age of 16 -    SB 293, which will establish a permanent absentee ballot list.

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DOJ challenges merger between two largest voting equipment suppliers

Posted on What's New Geoffrey Porter on November 24, 2009

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and nine states filed a Lawsuit against Election Systems and Software (ES&S), the largest supplier of voting machines in the U.S., in response to the purchase, last year, of its biggest competitor, Premier Election Solutions.

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