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The Good Life

We all know our political system needs some fine-tuning, or an overhaul. Let’s talk about what we can do other than complain and blame the “Others”.

Join Erica Schauer, Wes Dodge and others as they explore fixes to our faltering political system.

A couple of times a month we will bring you interviews and banter with those who we hope will enlighten us and guide us toward building that more perfect union. If you enjoy discussions about politics, intelligent or otherwise, Wes and Erica will try to educate and entertain.

The Good Life, If You Can Keep It

The inaugural episode of a new podcast to discuss different democracy reform measures, interview guests from across the political spectrum, and try to educate their listeners about civic engagement. This first episode is about Ranked Choice Voting and Senator McCollisters bill currently in the legislature.

Ep. 40 Rank the Vote Nebraska: Erica Schauer and Ben Mazur

You’ve heard us talking these past months about rank choice voting and we aren’t alone in our new fondness for ranking the vote. Joining us today is Erica Schauer and Ben Mazur of Rank the Vote Nebraska, an online movement to educate the public about the benefits of ranking the vote in hopes that someday we can push the needle of election reform and make some changes, specifically at the local level.

Becka’s Beat: Rank choice voting. It’s time to try something new.

Omaha ( Fox 42 ) — What is rank choice voting and why is it a good idea? I use a football analogy to illustrate why Nebraska should consider using it.

Research Articles about RCV

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

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After Omaha’s primary election results, is rank choice voting the path forward?

Hannah Michelle Bussa | April 20, 2021 After Omaha’s primary on April 6, discussions about rank choice voting were brought to the forefront. Specifically in the mayoral race, rank choice voting could have changed the results of the election. Former candidate for U.S. Senate Angie Philips discussed rank choice voting (RCV). “RCV is a method … Continue reading After Omaha’s primary election results, is rank choice voting the path forward?

Ranked-choice voting would help improve state elections

Coalition building and appealing to voters from both parties are imperative to winning – and governing from the middle for the betterment of all people, regardless of their party affiliation. As such, Nebraska should follow Maine’s lead – once again – when it comes to a revolutionary way to make the results of elections better for, and more responsive to, its entire electorate.

Local View: Toward a more perfect union

“When we have an opportunity to improve our democracy, we should take that opportunity. Last week, I introduced a bill to improve our government and representatives in the form of ranked-choice Voting.”

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