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Ranked Choice Voting

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.