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RCV Elections and Runoffs: Exhausted Votes vs Exhausted Voters in the Bay Area

Posted on What's New Theodore Landsman on October 19, 2016
RCV Elections and Runoffs: Exhausted Votes vs Exhausted Voters in the Bay Area

Ranked choice voting has been adopted by several cities in the Bay Area of California and elsewhere to replace a contingent runoff taking place after a November election. One concern for advocates and critics alike is ballot exhaustion, but the data shows reason for optimism.

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Correcting Washington Post on Presidential Partisanship Trends

Posted on What's New Rob Richie on September 06, 2016
Correcting Washington Post on Presidential Partisanship Trends

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza in his "Monday Fix" political column writes that "Minnesota and Wisconsin are getting slightly more Republican with each passing presidential election, but it is a very slow change." This isn't true, actually, and a good reminder of why the National Popular Vote plan for president is so important.

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The Competition Problem is Real: A Response to FiveThirtyEight, Part 1

Posted on What's New Rob Richie, Stephen Beban on August 29, 2016
The Competition Problem is Real: A Response to FiveThirtyEight, Part 1

Professors Hersh and Fraga’s analysis of electoral competition makes the case that “the picture is much rosier” than FairVote characterizes in calling one of our reports “dubious democracy.” But we stand firmly by our position. In this first post we examine the presidential elections and show that that levels of electoral competition in states are far from healthy. Without rose-tinted glasses, this conclusion is inescapable.

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Tracking the Candidates: Current Electoral College Rules Mean Most Americans Ignored

Posted on What's New Rob Richie, Peter Jarka-sellers on July 29, 2016
Tracking the Candidates: Current Electoral College Rules Mean Most Americans Ignored

In the weeks since the California primary, when Hillary Clinton joined Donald Trump in becoming her party’s presumptive nominee for president, FairVote has tracked both candidates’ campaign appearances. FairVote’s similar analysis in 2012 showed just how much the candidates focus on swing states that might tip the election with our current Electoral College rules.

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Stark Trends Towards Higher Republican Turnout, Lower Democratic Turnout in Open Primaries

Posted on What's New Molly Rockett on July 22, 2016
Stark Trends Towards Higher Republican Turnout, Lower Democratic Turnout in Open Primaries

FairVote, has compiled and analyzed state-by-state data on voter turnout for the 2016 presidential primaries. Released today, its reviews trends in voter turnout nationally since 2000, as well as differences in turnout by party.

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This Congressional Race Helps Show What’s Wrong with American Elections

Posted on What's New Ethan Fitzgerald on June 30, 2016
This Congressional Race Helps Show What’s Wrong with American Elections

In addition to forcing different groups of voters to compete for the scarce representation they are afforded by this system, the way we elect Congress is also plagued by issues such as plurality winners, turnout gaps, vote-splitting, single-party dominance, and incumbency advantages. All of these were on display in the District 13 primary, and all of these contribute to making Congress so dysfunctional.

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How California Incumbents Fare under Top-Two Voting

Posted on What's New Peter Jarka-sellers on June 17, 2016
How California Incumbents Fare under Top-Two Voting

Every election cycle one of the most notable types of results is an incumbent candidate losing their seat, especially when that candidate loses in a primary. Of course, it doesn’t happen very often in our congressional primaries.

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California's 2016 Top Two Primary Results at a Glance

California's 2016 Top Two Primary Results at a Glance

The 2016 primary marked the third election cycle of statewide races when California employed the “Top Two” method, in which candidates from all parties for State Assembly, State Senate, US House, and this year, Barbara Boxer’s open US Senate seat, appeared on the same ballot. FairVote will be providing more extensive analysis of this unique system’s outcomes in the coming weeks, but we wanted to share a few key findings now.

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Over 12,500 vote in UC Berkeley Ranked Choice Voting Election

Posted on What's New Ethan Fitzgerald on April 14, 2016
Over 12,500 vote in UC Berkeley Ranked Choice Voting Election

More than 12,500 of Berkeley’s roughly 38,000 students (32%) participated in this year’s election for the Associated Students of the University of California Senate and executive branch. This level of turnout is impressive in student elections and can be, at least in part, attributed to the dynamic climate around campus politics at Berkeley.

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Which New Yorkers Can Vote in the Primaries?

Posted on What's New Molly Rockett on April 07, 2016
Which New Yorkers Can Vote in the Primaries?

New York has the earliest change-of-party deadline of any closed primary state in the country, six months before its primary election.

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