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What’s happening in Democracy (2-9-18-edition)

What’s happening in Democracy (2-9-18-edition)

Ranked-choice voting could be in effect for June Primaries, The Free Press (Feb. 8, 2018)

Article: Last week 72,000 signatures calling for a people’s veto of the Legislature’s repeal of ranked choice voting was submitted. If the petitions are certified, RCV will be in effect for the June 12 primary election.

Effort to Reform Two-Party Duopoly Gains Steam, Real Clear Politics (Feb. 7, 2018)

Morton Kondracke writes about the Unrig the System summit in New Orleans and the enthusiasm for political reform. Highlights ranked choice voting.

Are citizens finally waking up to fight gerrymandering?, Who.What.Why (Feb. 6, 2018)

Voters are fed up with being disenfranchised and are pushing for changes through grassroots movements. Article references FairVote's gerrymandering page.

Instant Runoff Advocate Reacts to Council Vote for Anti-Runoff Referendum, Memphis Flyer (Feb. 6, 2018)

Article: The following is an exchange between Allan Wade, counsel for the Memphis City Council, and Steve Mulroy, a University of Memphis law professor, former Shelby County Commissioner, and leading advocate of instant runoff voting for local elections.

How the Republicans rigged Congress- new documents reveal untold story, By David Daley Salon (Feb. 6, 2018)

Article: Communications Director David Daley shares new court documents, previously unrevealed emails, and once-secret internal documents — most revealed here for the first time — uncover how early the Republican planning began in Salon.

Ranked-choice supporters gather signatures for ballot question, Post Bulletin (Feb. 5, 2018)

Article: The Rochester Charter Commission is scheduled to meet Feb. 22 to talk about ranked-choice voting. The commission could recommend moving to the new voting system to the council.

How the ranked-choice voting people’s veto would affect 2018 Maine elections, State and Capitol Bangor Daily News (Feb. 5, 2018)

Article: Proponents of ranked choice voting have scored a major victory by submitting an estimated 72,000 signatures to the Maine secretary of state’s office in their people’s veto effort to restore the voter-approved law- ranked choice voting.

Future of initiative process rides on ranked-choice vote, Portland Press Herald (Feb. 4, 2018)

Editorial from the Portland Press Herald about the future of ranked choice voting.

Why America is stuck with only two parties, New Republic (Feb. 2, 2018)

Article: Micah Sifry writes about why an official third party is not going to happen, touches on the “spoiler effect” and how ranked choice voting eliminates that barrier.

Maine ranked-choice supporters say they have enough signatures to force a new vote, Bangor Daily News (Feb. 1, 2018)

Article: The Committee for Ranked Choice Voting will submit signatures today to Maine secretary of state after collecting enough signatures to force a people’s veto referendum in June.

Maine Ranked Choice Voting Supporters submit petition on Friday, February 2, Ballot Access News (Feb. 1, 2018)

Maine supporters of ranked choice voting will submit their referendum petition to the Secretary of State on Friday, February 2.

Ranked Choice Voting People’s Veto committee to submit signatures collected across Maine, Pen Bay Pilot (Feb. 1, 2018)

Article: Additional coverage on the Ranked Choice Voting Committee submitting signatures

Voters will consider a record number of ballot initiatives to reform our democracy in 2018 elections, Mic (Feb. 1, 2018)

The Unrig the System Summit is the first gathering of activists, politicians, celebrities, academics and others across the country focused on passing state and local reforms to chance how elections and democracy function. Article references RCV in Maine.

Redistricting reform long overdue in state, Daily Journal (Feb. 1, 2018)

Senate Bill 159, co-authored by Republicans John Ruckelshaus, of Indianapolis, and Mike Bohacek, of Michiana Shores, would create a bipartisan commission, made up of four state lawmakers. FairVote quoted.

My big, bold ranked choice voting proposal, Sightline Institute (Feb. 1, 2018)

Sightline recently conducted focus groups to find out what voters in Oregon and Washington think about proportional representation and shared what they found.

Who’s backing a long-shot effort to fundamentally reform American Voting?, Inside Philanthropy (Jan. 31, 2018)

Philip Rojc writes about philanthropy and how donors can help establish beachhead ideas that were once unpopular. Includes elections and voting as one of the ideas that is attracting new voting and highlights FairVote.

‘Top Two’ election choices better than none, Sun Sentinel (Jan. 31, 2018)

Editorial written by retired member of the FairVote board about the ‘top two’ system and how FairVote advocates a ‘top four’ system allowing voters to rank choices.

Ranked choice voting will end the duopoly, Post Bulletin (Jan. 31, 2018)

Op-ed: In the coming months, Rochester citizens will have a chance to contribute to a discussion about adopting ranked choice voting in public elections.

Young people and people of color aren’t well represented in Seattle Elections, Sightline Institute (Jan. 29, 2018)

Kristen Eberhard writes about how Seattle could switch to a proportional representation electoral method that would ensure more voters have more say in who gets elected.

Absentee voting in city election kicks off today, Santa Fe New Mexican (Jan. 29, 2018)

Article: Absentee voting for municipal elections begins today, Jan. 30. There are five candidates for mayor.



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