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Top Two Primary

Simulating Top Two Primary in Michigan and North Carolina Reveals Correctable Problem

Rob Richie | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Rob Richie

The presidential primary season presents a lot of important angles for understanding electoral rules, particularly involving the impact of using a plurality voting system instead of ranked choice voting and using winner-take-all delegate rules instead of proportional representation ones.

The Black Box: Top Two Primaries

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Political professionals and lobbyists often name a bill the opposite of what it does. The Clean Air Act, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, and the No Child Left Behind Act are all disingenuously named.

Dem Takes Back Endorsement Of Former GOP Opponent

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

Former Democratic congressional candidate Dr. Lee Rogers said Thursday that he was un-endorsing one of his former Republican opponents, who he said ha...

Fair Representation Solutions to Florida's Fair Districts Dilemma

Rob Richie | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

We present a detailed analysis of two ways that Judge Lewis can ensure congressional elections this November take place in districts consistent with the state constitution, with minimal disruption for voters and election officials.

California's Top-Two Primary Eliminates Third-Party Rivals

Ellen Brown | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Ellen Brown

For all elections, public financing is needed, in order to ensure that voters hear from all candidates rather than just the most well-funded.

Democrat Accused Of Recruiting Candidates To Split GOP Vote In Competitive Primary

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

A lawsuit filed Wednesday alleged that Democrat Ro Khanna, who is running to unseat seven-term Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) and represent California's 1...

Wisconsin and California: Past and Prologue

Harry Kresky | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Harry Kresky

For my money, the most interesting feature of the Wisconsin results was what happened with independents. Independents -- frustrated with partisanship on both sides -- are the force behind the drive to find, or create, something new.

California's New Top-2 Primary System May Make Democrats Losers Before November

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

Linda Parks, the independent candidate in California's 26th Congressional District, has given Democrats, both locally and nationally, serious heartbur...

California's Ballot Experiment

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This election will be different for Californians in a major way, because when the general election rolls around in November, there will likely be no third parties on the ballot for voters to choose from. The reason is that California is in the midst of a political science experiment.

America's Two Political Reform Movements

Harry Kresky | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Harry Kresky

If the White House only resists the partisanship of the Republicans, and never challenges the partisanship of both parties, it can have a hollow ring.

California's Humpty-Dumpty Law

Gautam Dutta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gautam Dutta

Although SB 6 is sitting on a wall, its Humpty-Dumpty election rules do not have to fall.

Why People Hate Politics

Gautam Dutta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Gautam Dutta

Rather than engage in discussion and debate, many politicians find it easier to demonize their opponents, rather than debate the issues.

Why FairVote Opposes California's Prop 14 - But Seeks Reform

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

FairVote's Board of Directors recently voted to oppose Proposition 14 on the ballot this June in California. Here is our statement. Many Californian...

Why Independents Are Right and Ralph Nader Is Wrong About Proposition 14

Harry Kresky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Kresky

Prop 14 would allow all voters, whether affiliated with a party or not, to vote in an all-inclusive first round in which every candidate is listed on the ballot with their party preference next to their name.

Top Two Reasons To Reject The Top Two Primary

Gautam Dutta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Gautam Dutta

Here are the top two reasons to reject Prop 14, also called the "Top Two" Primary. First, Prop 14 will stifle political competition and debate. Second, Prop 14 will deprive voters of a full range of candidate choices.