A Survey and Analysis of Statewide Election Recounts, 2000-2019

November 4, 2020 The ability to handle a recount of votes to ensure fair, accurate and genuinely democratic outcomes is widely recognized as a critical component of election administration. Trust in elections requires trust in the recount process and ongoing learning about how best to conduct recounts and determine what victory margins and post-elections audit … Continue reading A Survey and Analysis of Statewide Election Recounts, 2000-2019

Ranked choice voting, explained

Lauren Dezenski | September 30, 2020 This year, Maine will be the first state to use ranked choice voting in a federal election. This applies to the presidential race, as well as the US House and US Senate. Here's what to know about the system. "By requiring the winner to reach more than 50 percent … Continue reading Ranked choice voting, explained

Ranked Choice Voting in Maine Key Statistics from Maine’s Second use of RCV in Federal and State Primaries July 2020

September 17, 2020 Maine held its second cycle of primary elections using ranked choice voting (RCV) in July 2020. Nine state and federal races used RCV, including the hotly-contested Republican primary for the second congressional district, for which FairVote conducted RCV polling prior to the election. This report examines the election results based on ballot … Continue reading Ranked Choice Voting in Maine Key Statistics from Maine’s Second use of RCV in Federal and State Primaries July 2020

Ranked Choice Voting in 2020 Presidential Primary Elections

July 22, 2020 Five state Democratic parties used ranked choice voting (RCV) in presidential primary elections and caucuses in 2020 with great success. Despite a global pandemic, all five states had high rates of success with RCV and, especially in the four states where all voters used RCV, secured accurate and comprehensive election results. This … Continue reading Ranked Choice Voting in 2020 Presidential Primary Elections

The Rise of Ranked-Choice Voting

Louis Jacobson | July 2, 2020 KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE — 2020 has been a banner year for ranked-choice voting. — Several Democratic primary and caucus contests used the system, which asks voters to rank their choice and forces winners to achieve majority support, albeit through votes from those who did not pick them … Continue reading The Rise of Ranked-Choice Voting

We can’t let Georgia’s election disaster happen again

Khalid Pitts | June 24, 2020 When Georgia’s recent election melted down — with six-hour lines, inoperable machines and too few paper ballots — the most affected locales had something in common: They were all majority-minority counties. Across Atlanta’s Fulton County and other predominantly black neighborhoods, voting precincts didn’t open on time, machines malfunctioned, and … Continue reading We can’t let Georgia’s election disaster happen again

Ranked Choice Voting: The solution to our presidential primary predicament

Beth Hladick, Unite America Policy Manager | June 9, 2020 The 2020 presidential primary will go down in history for many reasons, the most important being that a global pandemic interrupted American life, including our democratic processes.  Though this unique primary season is nearing and end, familiar problems plagued this cycle, especially in Democratic primaries; … Continue reading Ranked Choice Voting: The solution to our presidential primary predicament