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- Posted: May 7, 2012
- Author(s): HÃ¼seyin Koyuncu, Rob Richie
- Categories: Europe, Presidential Elections, FairVote, Elections Worldwide
France elected a new president on May 6 in a majority runoff in which Francois Hollande defeated incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy. FairVote's director and FairVote intern Huseyin Koyuncu, a French student from Sciences Po, report on the election and five notable facts about how France votes.
- Posted: April 24, 2012
- Author(s): Tyler Sadonis
- Categories: Middle East and Africa, Home, FairVote, Elections Worldwide
After a disputed election in 2007 caused violence and chaos across Kenya, the youth are organizing to ensure a different outcome when Kenyans return to the polls in 2013 to elect a new president.
- Posted: March 8, 2012
- Author(s): Lindsey Needham
- Categories: Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Home, FairVote, Elections Worldwide
Today, March 8th, is International Women's Day! As we honor the accomplishments of women all over the world, FairVote takes a moment to investigate the lack of women in political office. What can we do to increase women's representation?
Many great things happened in the month of February. See the highlights in our most recent e-newsletter!
- Oscar: Rank Your Choices
- FairVote Featured in High Profile Media
- Ranked Choice Voting Earns Strong Support
- Honor John Anderson and Double your Donation
- Primary Season Resources--And Please Vote!
- Question of the Month
- Posted: February 17, 2012
- Author(s): Tyler Sadonis
- Categories: Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Home, Redistricting, FairVote
Saturday February 11, 2012 marked the 200th birthday of the "Gerry-mander." With 2012 redistricting plans taking shape, gerrymandering continues to be prevalent. FairVote advocates for an alternative reform to fundamentally change the way we draw district boundaries.
Welcome to 2012! It's a big election year, and there's no shortage of elections to track and reform ideas to explain. We're the nation's go-to resource when it comes to big thinking about election reform - certainly there's rarely been a better time for out-of-the-box approaches to stand up for American votes and our democracy. This issue features: Fair Vote 20th Anniversary- and a Salute to John Anderson, Your Primary Resource: 2012 Election Marathon Underway, Fair Voting Plans for Congress: There is a better way, 84th Academy Awards Showcase Ranked Choice Voting, Question of the Month
- Posted: November 9, 2011
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting, Ranked Choice Voting in Bay Area Elections, Home, FairVote
Tuesday, November 8, San Francisco held Rank Choice Voting elections for mayor, sheriff, and district attorney. FairVote has analyzed public electronic ballot images and results of the elections. Almost all ballots cast were valid, and many voters ranked more than one candidate, indicating that San Francisco voters understand RCV.
- Posted: October 26, 2011
- Author(s): Krist Novoselic
- Categories: Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, FairVote
Prof. Michael S. Latner recently published a paper this year on proportional representation in California. He summarized the importance of replacing winner-take-all with a fair voting system: "This speaks to the question of genuine reform versus sort of superficial reform. If we had moderate Republicans elected from the most populous areas of the state and more moderate Democrats coming from central valley and the mountain regions, then you would see a genuine change in the partisan composition of the legislature; because they would be representing people who right now aren’t being represented in the legislature. It would be more genuine reform."
- Posted: September 16, 2011
- Author(s): Monideepa Talukdar, Robert Richie, and Ryan O'Donnell
- Categories: National Popular Vote, Research & Analysis, FairVote, All Reports
This updated analysis (first published in 2007) analyzes two of the three major options available to state leaders interested in reforming how a state allocates its Electoral College votes: the whole number proportional system and congressional district system. It evaluates them on the basis of whether they promote majority rule, make elections more nationally competitive, reduce incentives for partisan machinations and make all votes count equally. Our analysis reveals that both of these methods fail to meet our criteria and fall far short of the National Popular Vote plan, which is the third major option available to reformers.
- Posted: July 30, 2011
- Author(s): The Non-Majority Rule Desk
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting, FairVote
Approval voting is a method of voting to elect single winners that has adherents among some voting theorists, but it is unworkable in contested elections in which voters have a stake in the outcome. Once aware of how approval voting works, strategic voters will always earn a significant advantage over less informed voters. This problem with strategic voting far outweighs any other factor when evaluating the potential use of approval voting in governmental elections - and is also true of range voting, score voting, the Borda Count and Bucklin voting.