Pages tagged "Research & analysis"

Oklahoma Voter Turnout Suffers without National Popular Vote Plan

Posted on What's New Claire Daviss on March 13, 2015

The current Electoral College system -- one that Oklahoma state legislators have the power to help change -- leaves Oklahoma voters at a disadvantage during and between presidential elections. A comparison of voter turnout patterns in Oklahoma and Virginia tells the story, contradicting inaccurate analysis from an Oklahoma think tank.

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Voting and Elections Summit 2015 Overview

Posted on What's New Rebecca Hellmich on February 13, 2015

The ninth annual Voting and Elections Summit was held on February 5th and 6th. FairVote was pleased to cosponsor this year’s conference, and helped arrange speakers, hold workshops and organize one of the major plenary sessions. The event showcased a great array of speakers/presenters, and produced lively, informative discussions. Here is an overview of the various sessions/workshops, with links to videos of key segments.

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New Report! Fuzzy Math: Wrong Way Reforms for Allocating Electoral Votes

Posted on What's New Claire Daviss on January 28, 2015

Almost all states use the winner-take-all system to allocate their electoral votes during presidential elections, but fed-up with being ignored during presidential elections, some states are now considering alternatives. Fuzzy Math: Wrong Way Reforms for Allocating Electoral Votes, FairVote's latest report, reveals that not all alternatives are good ones. The best option for states is to adopt the National Popular Vote plan.

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How Did Women Candidates Fare in 2014 U.S. House Races?

Posted on What's New Claire Daviss on November 05, 2014

The results from the 2014 midterm elections are in. How did women candidates for the U.S. House do? Monopoly Politics 2014 projected the outcomes for 132 of the 162 women candidates for the U.S. House. Of those projections, at least 99% were correct. Find out what the midterm results mean for gender parity in elected offices, and why our projections matter.

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Winners and Losers among Women House Candidates in 2014 Midterm Elections

Posted on What's New Claire Daviss on October 22, 2014

The 2014 midterm elections are upon us. How will women candidates fair? Using Monopoly Politics 2014 projections, we find that the U.S. House will not move much closer to gender parity in 2014. If this election is indicative of a trend (and it seems to be), Representation 2020 reforms offer a faster path to gender parity.

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Massachusetts Women Secure Nominations, But Still Far from Gender Parity

Posted on What's New Claire Daviss on September 16, 2014

Many consider women's success this week in Massachusetts primaries to be a big step toward gender parity. A closer look at Massachusetts reveals there is still a long way to go. Representation 2020's reforms present opportunities.

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Election of Women in our 100 Largest Cities: Disadvantaged by Districts

Posted on What's New Rob Richie on September 11, 2014

Our latest analysis on the proportion of women in the the nation's top 100 cities reveals dramatic disparity. Women are underrepresented in the large majority of U.S. cities. Women are, however, more likely to be represented in city councils that use citywide elections, as opposed to single member districts, to elect at least some of their city council members.

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FairVote Proposes Solutions to Florida's Congressional Redistricting Dilemma in 2014

Posted on What's New Rob Richie on August 07, 2014

Florida is facing an electoral quandary as two of its congressional districts have been found to violate the state constitution, and the legislature is redrawing the maps as November elections loom. The legislature does not want to use the new map in 2014, but FairVote's analysis outlines two plans that could resolve the crisis. The better of these plans would also improve the representation of Florida voters in the process.

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Louisiana's New Voter Pre-Registration Law Features Automatic Registration

Posted on What's New Rebecca Hellmich on July 11, 2014

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal in May signed a law establishing voting pre-registration for 16-year-olds. The law features an innovative "opt-out" approach to voter registration that will further boost registration and participation. Louisiana has a history of such innovative election policy.

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Ranked Choice Voting Ensures Fair Representation in Tasmania

Posted on What's New Kevin Werner on March 20, 2014

Tasmanian House of Assembly elections have been decided using ranked choice voting in multi-member districts for over 100 years. This year's contest once again demonstrated the value of such systems for ensuring fair representation for voters of all stripes, even as a significant shift in power occurred.

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