There’s a reason why Lisa Murkowski can threaten to leave the Republicans

Alaska’s new voting system makes it hard for Republicans to punish her Maine is currently the only state to use ranked-choice voting statewide. Here's a look at how ranked-choice voting works. (The Washington Post) By Lee Drutman | January 9, 2021 On Friday, Sen. Lisa Murkowksi (R-Alaska) became the first Republican senator to call on … Continue reading There’s a reason why Lisa Murkowski can threaten to leave the Republicans

Monopoly Politics 2020: The Root of Dysfunction in the U.S. House of Representatives

December 17, 2020 FairVote’s Monopoly Politics is a biennial project conducted before each election cycle to predict the results of all 435 seats in the House of Representatives. First developed in 1997 as a forerunner to the Cook Partisan Voting Index and later refined to systematize its weighting of incumbency, Monopoly Politics’ influential methodology relies … Continue reading Monopoly Politics 2020: The Root of Dysfunction in the U.S. House of Representatives

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 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

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

The Constitutional Justification for the Fair Representation Act

June 1, 2020 In this analysis, Pamela Keller makes the case for the constitutionality of the The Fair Representation Act (FRA, H.R. 4000). The FRA would require every state to elect Congressional representatives through a form of ranked choice voting known as the “single transferable vote”, use multi-winner rather than single-winner districts, and adopt independent redistricting commissions … Continue reading The Constitutional Justification for the Fair Representation Act

Uncompetitive and unrepresented: Voters locked out of representation

April 17, 2020 In this short analysis, we attempt to estimate the number of voters utterly locked out of representation: those who prefer one party but live in a district that is safe for the opposite party. We do so using the partisanship metric from Monopoly Politics along with estimates of eligible voter populations from the United … Continue reading Uncompetitive and unrepresented: Voters locked out of representation