Progress for FairVote's Reforms
- New York State Senate backs ranked choice voting. On June 17, the New York State Senate voted 60-2 to establish ranked choice voting ("instant runoff") for New York City's primaries. Citizens Union, a non partisan good government organization, praised vote and stated how instant runoff “better reflects voter choice and gives the winner a stronger mandate once in office.”
- Oregon House backs National Popular Vote plan. On May 18, the Oregon House of Representatives voted 37-21 to enact the National Popular Vote plan for president.
- The Washington Post favors ranked choice voting. On May 14, the Editorial Board for the Washington Post expressed support for ranked choice voting in city elections as a way to make “every vote cast more meaningful.”
- Maine ranked choice voting campaign heads toward 2016 ballot. Mainers are nearly certain to be voting on whether to adopt ranked choice voting for elections for governor, Congress and state legislature in November 2016.
- Sightline Institute’s “What Democracy Looks Like” series makes the case for fair representation and ranked choice voting. Analyst Kristin Eberhard has written six remarkable pieces discussing how our current voting system creates low turnout, uncompetitive, and negative elections and how fair representation can address these problems.
- FairVote highlights disturbing numbers from 12 states in Decided States report. FairVote's new report focuses on 12 states where legislative control and most individual seats are never in doubt. These states foster an environment where a small group of unrepresentative voters, in low turnout primary elections, dictate who will control the legislature.
- Duluth campaign for ranked choice voting gathers steam. Local activists are pushing hard to have Duluth (MN) be the next city to adopt ranked choice voting.
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