Electoral System Reform
in the News
Full representation (also known
as proportional representation, or ("PR")
and instant runoff voting (IRV) have received steadily increasing
media attention in the last decade. Following are some of the best
articles and commentaries.
Articles and Commentary
St. Petersburg Times (FL):
"Understanding instant runoff voting." A column highlighting the simplicity of
the proposed system, and which would concurrently end the stigmatism voting
Floridians still face. June 8,
Daytona Beach News-Journal
(FL): "Rewriting Florida election laws and hoping the jokes stop."
Article suggests instant runoff voting as a worthy election
experiment, as long as voters have confidence that they are capable completing a task
as simple as ranking their first, second, third, and other candidates
on the ballot. June 6,
San Francisco Examiner: "Contentious new voting system rolls
ahead " An update on the progress of the program to impliment
instant runoff voting in the city. June 5, 2003.
San Francisco Bay
View: "Implement instant runoff voting now!" A
commentary by CVD's Steven Hill outlining how the city's new instant
runoff voting law may potentially increase
minority representation. June 4, 2003.
The Day (New London, CT):
"American democracy could use a closer look." A commentary on how to
combat the inadequacies of our democracy and their damaging
effects, by CVD's Steven Hill and Rob Richie. June 1, 2003.
Online (Boston): "Action Potential: We may be building
democracy in Iraq, but we could use some election-reform measures of our own." CVD's Steven Hill and Rob
Richie renew the call for full representation at home, while the world
watches seeds of democracy in Iraq. May 30,2003.
Free Press: "Local Comment: A better way for
state to vote." Commentary urges Michigan to require new voting
equipment to support instant runoff voting. May 29, 2003
Science Monitor: "Matters of proportion." With
the lastest surge of interest in partisan gerrymandering,
proportional representation serves as a complete and fair
solution. May 28, 2003
TV (Boston): "Team Investigation - Tom
Finneran." Transcript of TV news story on redistricting controversy
in Massachusetts features quotes from CVD's Rob Richie and George
Pillsbury. May 21, 2003
"Innovative reforms engaging youth in politics." CVD's Rob
Richie and John Russell highlight the campuse movement for instant
runoff voting and choice voting. May 21, 2003.
The Courier (OH): Column by CVD board
member William Redpath discusses the advantages of instant runoff
voting. May 18, 2003.
Utne Reader: "Making every vote
count." Commentary by Leif Utne praises efforts
advancing instant runoff voting. May 2003.
Sun: "Democracy unbalanced." The Center's
Rob Richie and Steven Hill lay out an ambitious pro-democracy
agenda. May 2, 2003.
"Ballot Boxing: Round 1 of election reform
took place in Washington. Now, Round 2
is playing out
in the states." Demos president Miles Rapoport explains electoral reform
needs and opportunities as states implement the Help
America Vote Act, including making voting equipment ready to
run instant runoff voting elections. May 1, 2003
Utah Statesman (UT): "Campuses
implement changes in elections." Article discusses increased
interest in instant runoff voting on college campuses across the
country. April 23, 2003.
Salon.com "An open letter to Ralph
Nader voters." A Green Party leader urges instant runoff voting.
April 23, 2003.
San Francisco Bay Guardian
(CA): "Making IRV reality." Editorial encourages prompt
implementation of instant runoff voting in San Francisco. April 16,
Oregon Daily Emerald
: "Choice Voting gives students representation,
reason to vote." Commentary by CVD's John Russell puts choice voting
in student government context. Also published in University of
Illinois-Chicago Today. April 14, 2003.
"Choice voting is fairer way for
Seattle to elect City Council." Commentary discusses the
advantages of choice voting. April 13, 2003.
Intelligencer: "Reflecting the electorate." Commentary
by Steven Hill and Rob Richie describe the advantages of full
representation voting systems.
Common Dreams: "Save our
democracy, a call to action." Commentary by Steven Hill and Rob
Richie discussing the need for electoral reform. April 5, 2003.
New York Times: (NY) "The
way we vote." Letter to the editor by Rob Richie indicates that
instant runoff voting could reduce the threat of spoilers. April 2,
Chicago Tribune: (IL) "Voice of the
people: Why vote again?" Letter to the editor by Dan
Johnson-Weinberger indicates that instant runoff voting could bring
more efficient elections and eliminate costly runoffs. March 30,
St Petersburg Times:
(FL) "Lessons in Voting From the French." March 30, 2003.
Minnesota Sun Newspapers:
(MN) "FairVote Minnesota promotes new way to vote." Article
describes FairVote Minnesota's efforts to promote fair elections in
Minnesota. March 27, 2003.
Associated Press: (SD) "South Dakota
school system settles
election lawsuit." National wire story reports on latest jurisdiction
to adopt cumulative voting to boost its citizens' voting rights. March
Los Angeles Times: (CA)
"Don't fault the Green Party for Bush." Letter to the
editor promotes instant runoff elections as a solution to the
spoiler problem. March 24, 2003.
Vancouver Columbian: (WA) "In
our view: A better ballot?" Editorial encourages Washington state
lawmakers to give municipalities in Washington the flexibility of
considering instant runoff voting. March 22, 2003.
"Instant runoff voting system defended in San Francisco." Coverage
of rally in which city leaders expressed support for
fair and effective implementation of instant runoff voting in San
Francisco this November. March 20, 2003.
The Washington state House of Representatives
has passed a bill allowing certain local municipalities to use instant runoff voting.
The story is followed by the Vancouver Columbian (March 14, 2003), the Oregonian (March 14, 2003), and Tacoma News
London Telegraph: "Patten's
delight as he wins race to be Oxford's new chancellor."
The University of Oxford recently elected Chris Patten Lord
Chancellor using instant
runoff voting. March 18, 2003.
Congress and the American People Disagree." This commentary by CVD"s Steven Hill and Rob Richie
on the impact of winner-take-all elections
on policy making appeared in several newspapers around
the nation. March 16, 2003.
(MA) "Reforms are still wanted." Massachusetts activists continue to
press for election reforms, including instant runoff voting. March 11,
Northwest Arkansas Online:
"Election commission reviews ballot-related
legislation." Article discusses pending election reform currently
considered in Arkansas, including a bill to allow military voters to
use instant runoff voting ballots in runoff elections. March 8,
Montpelier Times Argus:
(VT) "Instant runoff backers differ from Sorrell." Leading Vermont
analysts argue instant runoff voting can be
implemented by statute. February 28, 2003.
The Daily Illini:
(IL) "Cumulative voting might be
county board reality." Article discusses new legislation to
allow cumulative voting in county board elections in Illinois. February
27, 2003. Mobile Register: (AL)
commission's size and implementing cumulative voting would help
minority representation, group said." Citizens for Responsible Government
testifies in favor of cumulative voting.
February 26, 2003.
Burlington Free Press:
(VT) "Attorney general says runoff voting requires
constitutional amendment." Article discusses the position of
Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell, which is a different position
articulated by the CVD. February 25,
Tribune: (WA) "'Instant runoff'idea proposed again." Two members
of the Washington State Legislature revive instant runoff voting in
a new round of debate on runoff elections. February
(NH) "Reformers Urge New Method for
Voting." Discusses the effort to
adopt instant runoff voting in Maine. February 24, 2003.
(IL) "Bill Gives Power to Voters Measure Could Alter City Board." Discusses the effort
to adopt cumulative voting in Illinois. February 21, 2003.
Champaign-Urbana News Gazette:
(IL) "Bill Targets County Board Elections."
Article discusses the effort to adopt cumulative voting in
Illinois. February 21, 2003.
Wins for fair elections
at Duke and UC Davis Starting as early as March
Duke Student Government will elect
their six executive committee members through instant runoff voting.
Also, the student body at UC
adopted choice voting for electing its student leadership, and has
also elected the
slate of candidates that sponsored fair elections.February 25,
Portland Press Herald: (ME) "Support grows for switch to
run-off voting." Article discusses growing of acceptance of instant runoff voting
among leaders in the Maine legislature. February 19, 2003.
Messenger: (VT) "How
Your Vote Could Count." Commentary by Vermont Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz champions instant runoff voting
in Vermont. February 17, 2003.
(NC) "Jean-Baptiste Signs By-Laws into
Amendment." Article discusses the adoption of instant runoff voting by Duke
University's student legislature for student presidential
elections. February 17, 2003.
Service. "Primary runoffs could make a
comeback." News article highlights rising interest in option of
instant runoff voting in Florida. February 16, 2003.
Fresno Bee: (CA)
"Right Ballot Move." Citizen urges the Fresno city council to
adopt instant runoff voting. February 10, 2003.
UC Davis California Aggie: (CA) "Senate schooled in proposed
voting system." February 3, 2003
"News articles on Steven Hill's
speaking engagements in Massachusetts." Coverage from three Massachusetts
publications about events on February 3, 4 and
5 featuring Steven Hill, senior analyst of the Center
for Voting and Democracy.
County Virginia Star:
(VA) "Legislator's Proposal: Vote for a
first choice, and a second." January 29, 2003
"Instant Runoff Voting Proposed at UCD." Article about UCD Green Party's
sponsorship of Choice Voting Amendment, which would establish instant runoff voting
for student government elections. January 26, 2003.
"What democracy votes like: Could a new way of voting save our system?" Article about
California movement to adopt instant runoff voting and full representation. January
Guardian: (CA) "Runoff voting system would
improve UCSD." Editorial advocates instant runoff voting for student government
elections. January 16, 2003
The Black World
"Election 2002: Why The Democrats Lost." Commentary by Manning
Marable advocates full representation and instant runoff voting
to spur more participation. January 14, 2003
"Voting change would be fitting legacy, say
campaigners." News article on British supporters of full
representation calling for honoring memory of Lord Jenkins by
reviving call for reform. January 6, 2003
(AL) "New group seeks impact on wide range of issues: Sprawl, constitutional reform among topics."
Citizens for Responsible Government will highlight instant runoff
voting. January 6, 2003
(VT) News article demonstrates strong support for passage of measure to
institute instant runoff voting for statewide elections. January 6, 2003.
Register: (CT) Letter promotes instant runoff voting. January
"Patrick Quinn on Patrick Quinn." Editorial on Lt. Governor-elect advocates return to Illinois' cumulative voting past. January 2, 2003
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