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Key Facts About 2014 Ranked Choice Voting Elections in Bay Area

Rob Richie | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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...

Dump "First Past the Post"! Richie's May 6th Democracy Minute

Rob Richie | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

Democracy link of the day: Redistricting as it should be in Indiana (and the United States). News summary: British referendum on alternative vote exp...

Richie's May 5th Democracy Minute: Pluralities, Majorities and Fair Representation

Rob Richie | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

Video of the day: Fair voting according to cats, as clever video compares the alternative vote (instant runoff voting) and first past the post (plura...

Instant Runoff Voting at the Oscars: Choosing Best Picture of the Year

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rob Richie

RV is a terrific way to handle more than two choices -- both because no Oscar voter is going to be able to "trick" the system with insincere voting and because it upholds majority rule.

Electoral Reform: 1 Page 9 Points

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

Since the year 2000, when I watched in horror as Al Gore took the dive and played dead in Florida (the theft was exposed three months before the fact ...

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.

Good Things Come to Those Who Rank: Campaign Finance, Political Dialogue and Instant Runoff Voting

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

With instant runoff voting, voters have one vote, but are allowed to indicate their backup choices in the event that their favorite candidate lacks enough support to win.