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Ranked Choice Voting

Did Louisiana Just Elect 'Wrong' Governor Due to Flaw in Top 2 Runoff Method?

Rob Richie | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Rob Richie

The bottom line is twofold. First, John Bel Edwards should be congratulated for winning his election under the "Top Two" runoff rules used in Louisiana. Second, Edwards almost certainly owes his victory to a flaw.

What Could an Independent Run by Jim Webb Mean for 2016?

Rob Richie | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Rob Richie

It remains to be seen whether Jim Webb will run as an independent--he said he would consider his options in the coming weeks--and it's hard to tell how much support an independent campaign could muster in the general election.

The Black Box: Range Voting

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Range voting eliminates spoilers and splitting the vote between two good candidates. It gives voters a chance to show how much they dislike someone, rather than just being silent. For these reasons, Range Voting is superior to Instant Runoff Voting.

A Fair Way to Choose Candidates for Republican Debate: Learning From the Oscars

Rob Richie | Posted 08.02.2015 | Entertainment
Rob Richie

There's probably not time for Fox to change its rules for August 6, but let's hope organizers of upcoming debates find a better way to determine who's on stage. Ranked choice voting would be a good place to start.

Mississippi Top Two Election of New Congressman Makes Case For Ranked Choice Voting

Rob Richie | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Rob Richie

On May 12, voters in the first congressional district of Mississippi went to the polls to vote for a new Member of Congress in the wake of the unfortunate death of Congressman Alan Nunnelee earlier this year.

'LA Times' Clunker: Page 1 Story Fails in Explaining Oscar Voting for Best Picture

Rob Richie | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
Rob Richie

As voting method nerds who appreciate the values of ranked choice voting (RCV) elections, we at FairVote got a kick out of the Los Angeles Times running a front-page story today on the RCV system. Unfortunately, the news story itself is a big disappointment.

Key Facts About 2014 Ranked Choice Voting Elections in Bay Area

Rob Richie | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Rob Richie

Bay Area voters in Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco and San Leandro yesterday elected 22 offices with ranked choice voting (RCV). Even though many ballots are still to be scanned, we already know important information about these elections. Here are highlighted facts...

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.

In Fractured Oscar Field, Ranked Choice Voting Elects the Real Best Picture

Rob Richie | Posted 04.30.2014 | Entertainment
Rob Richie

Analyzing Oscar voting is tricky, because the Academy doesn't release actual vote totals. As a result, any investigation into how an Oscar election played out can only be based on the announced winners and anecdotal evidence of what voters were thinking.

The Role of Ranked Choice Voting in 2013

Rob Richie | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

If you followed the local elections and the special elections that took place in 2013, you probably heard some stories about ranked choice voting -- there has been a wave of positive national press and great new examples of how it works in practice.

Seven Top Election Insights From 2011

Rob Richie | Posted 02.29.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

It's exciting to realize that what's been published represents only the tip of the iceberg of recent research and analysis that will go public in 2012. We have a lot to say -- and, given the troubled condition of American democracy, many reasons to say it.

Real Choices: Ranked Choice Voting Elections in 6 Cities

Rob Richie | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

This month many Americans had a chance to vote in state and local elections. FairVote was particularly focused on the first-ever use of ranked choice ...

Will San Francisco End Its Controversial Ranked-Choice Voting System?

| Posted 01.16.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Lance Williams Ranked-choice voting was the cure for what ails American politics, boos...

Irish Presidential Election With Instant Runoff Voting: Voter Choice Without "Spoilers"

Rob Richie | Posted 01.08.2012 | World
Rob Richie

We're approaching a time where states and cities will have an easy decision to make: uphold majority rule in one election or keep a plurality voting system that delivers questionable results and broken politics.

NEW POLL: Guess Which Mayoral Candidate Has A Soaring Lead?

Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.17.2011 | San Francisco

Ever since he went back on his pledge not to run for a full term, Interim Mayor Ed Lee has been the de facto front-runner in San Francisco mayor's rac...

I'd Like to Thank the Academy...

Gautam Dutta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Gautam Dutta

No matter what you think of Hollywood's new voting process -- which I believe is fairer and more democratic -- here's one thing we can all agree on: it will help the Oscars make more money.

What Howard Dean Could Tell Bill Clinton and Kendrick Meek: Change the Voting System

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

Clinton's outreach to Meek is an insight into the appalling, anti-participatory, undemocratic nature of the plurality voting system that we too often take for granted.