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Michigan Electoral College 'Reform' and the National Popular Vote

Rob Richie | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Rob Richie

Today the Michigan Committee on Elections and Ethics met for the second time to hear testimony on a bill that would change the way that Michigan distributes its electoral votes.

Overseas Voters From 5 States to Use Ranked Choice Voting Ballots in 2014 Congressional Election

Rob Richie | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

The use of RCV ballots is a positive step for military and overseas voters -- and one that suggests the broader value of a ranked choice ballot for all voters, given the typical low turnout and increased taxpayer burdens of two-round runoffs.

FairVote Survey Shows Support for Takoma Park Voting Reforms

Rob Richie | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

The bottom line is that voting laws that may seem "daring" can quickly become "normal." These reforms have significantly improved elections in Takoma Park, and we expect them to take hold soon in more and more local and state elections around the United States.

Big New York Win for National Popular Vote Drive to Reform (Not Abolish!) Electoral College

Rob Richie | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

If Gov. Cuomo signs the NPV bill, New York will become the 11th jurisdiction to join the compact. He has good reason to act, given the resounding legislative vote and calls for him to do so from influential entities like the New York Times.

Blame It on Winner-Take-All: Why Our Outdated Voting Rules Cause Congressional Crises

Rob Richie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

The United States Congress has careened into a government shutdown, and everybody wants to find someone to blame. But in the accusatory frenzy, they're missing the real culprit: the voting rules that drive the political behavior of Congress.

Top Ten Signs of the Breakdown of Winner-Take-All Elections

Rob Richie | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

We can ditch the winner-take-all voting laws that have impaired our electoral process for far too long. With simple changes to federal and state statutes, the US can be on its way to better and fairer elections.

Taking on American Political Dysfunction Without Changing the Constitution

Rob Richie | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

If Jonathan Bernstein is right in his response to Hasen that a broken Republican Party is the real source of government dysfunction, fair voting would give Republicans the right incentives to get their party back on track.

Clashing Mandates and the Role of Voting Structures

Rob Richie | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

Obama won the presidency relatively decisively, yet a majority of House members are Republicans who represent a district where Obama in fact lost to Romney.

FairVote's Unique Methodology Shows That 52% of Voters Wanted a Democratic House

Rob Richie | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

Democrats cannot win a majority of House seats without winning dozens of seats in Republican-leaning districts. Republicans, meanwhile, can win a healthy majority of House seats without winning any seats in Democratic-leaning districts.

A Guide to Tomorrow Night's Congressional Elections - and the Future

Rob Richie | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

We've identified at least 20 races where our partisanship-based projection model diverges from the conventional wisdom, and are therefore worth watching -- or not watching -- on Tuesday and in the next several Congressional cycles.

Texas Congressional Redistricting: Beyond Last Week's Section Five Ruling

Rob Richie | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Last week's federal court ruling that Texas's 2011 plans for congressional districts and state legislative districts had both the purpose and effect of further reducing the representation of Texas's already underrepresented racial minority populations is just the state's latest salvo in the redistricting wars.

Mandatory Voting? Automatic Registration? How Un-American!

Mark Green | Posted 04.07.2015 | New York
Mark Green

If you have an election where the winner gets four percent of the eligible electorate, is that a functioning democracy? I just lost such a runoff contest in New York City.

Diebold's End: Consolidation of Largest Voting Companies Shows Need to Reform Elections

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

The United States' largest voting equipment vendor just bought the second-largest, Diebold. 120 million registered voters live in jurisdictions using one of these two companies' systems