July 24th 2009
The Right Way to Register Voters
The New York Times

Editorial by the New York Times comes out in support of efforts now underway in the US Senate to modernize voter registration practices so that we "live up to the ideal of the founders of a nation governed with the consent of the governed."

July 24th 2009
Ranked-choice voting a better fit for today's elections
MPR News

FairVote Minnesota's Jeanne Massey explains how the adoption of IRV in Minneapolis is a much needed and welcome change in light of the current political climate, and hopes that it will be the springboard for movement towards IRV in the entire state.

July 23rd 2009
Instant runoff voting campaign kicks off in St. Paul
MPR News

St. Paul IRV supporters are gearing up to start a campaign to use IRV not just for this upcoming election in St. Paul city elections, but for good.

July 22nd 2009
Instant Runoff Voting Could Lead to Big Savings for Cities, Counties
PublicCEO

AB 1121, a bill allowing for IRV to be used in California's local elections, can save jurisdictions money in challenging economic times.

July 22nd 2009
New Instant-Runoff Voting Could Factor in 22 Minneapolis Races
The Minnesota Independent

The new implementation of IRV for Minneapolis city elections has led to a significant increase in the number of candidates running in city elections. . Chris Steller looks at possible pros and cons that IRV might bring to the table.

July 20th 2009
Looking Abroad For Answers On Voter Registration
National Journal

Recent studies by the Brennan Center and U.S. PIRG show the need for universal voter registration in the U.S.

July 16th 2009
San Leandro considers instant-runoff voting for municipal elections
The Oakland Tribune

The city of San Leandro, a suburb of Oakland, is considering adopting the use of IRV for city elections.

July 13th 2009
Albatross of U.S. democracy
Indianapolis Star

FairVote research is cited in support of the National Popular Vote plan in Indiana, because "every vote cast for president should be equally important and equally coveted, whether it originates in California, Connecticut or Crawfordsville."

July 9th 2009
Winner-take-all can elect a second-place president
San Diego Union-Tribune

The founder of National Popular Vote lays out the shortcomings and injustices of the Electoral College system, and shows why the National Popular Vote plan is the right solution.

July 5th 2009
Itís Time to Bring Majority Rule to the American Election Process
Richmond Times-Dispatch

The results of Virginia's recent Democratic gubernatorial primary illustrate how winner-take-all elections can produce winners who don't receive the majority of the vote. IRV ensures election winners have majority support.

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IRV Soars in Twin Cities, FairVote Corrects the Pundits on Meaning of Election Night '09
Election Day '09 was a roller-coaster for election reformers.  Instant runoff voting had a great night in Minnesota, where St. Paul voters chose to implement IRV for its city elections, and Minneapolis voters used IRV for the first time—with local media touting it as a big success. As the Star-Tribune noted in endorsing IRV for St. Paul, Tuesday’s elections give the Twin Cities a chance to show the whole state of Minnesota the benefits of adopting IRV. There were disappointments in Lowell and Pierce County too, but high-profile multi-candidate races in New Jersey and New York keep policymakers focused on ways to reform elections;  the Baltimore Sun and Miami Herald were among many newspapers publishing commentary from FairVote board member and former presidential candidate John Anderson on how IRV can mitigate the problems of plurality elections.

And as pundits try to make hay out of the national implications of Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections, Rob Richie in the Huffington Post concludes that the gubernatorial elections have little bearing on federal elections.

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