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E-News: Fair Election Updates

To subscribe or unsubscribe to CVD's monthly e-mail updates and/or the bi-weekly digest, send an e-mail with subscribe or unsubscribe instructions to [email protected].

February 2, 2004: This month, FairVote is casting a spotlight on the right to vote and fair election methods around the world. Here at home there are significant developments as well, including a binding vote for instant runoff voting upcoming in Burlington (VT), a series of upcoming reform workshops in North Carolina and increasing calls for a right to vote in our Constitution.

December 21, 2004: End of the year request for support, FairVote's Year in Review 2004, and Rob Richie & Steven Hill lay out plans for 2005 in an article featured in Tom Paine.

December 10, 2004: Analysis of Election 2004, San Francisco lauded for successful IRV election, importing democracy, and FairVote gears up for a busy 2005!

November 5, 2004: Big wins for instant runoff voting in cities, We still need to protect our right to vote,  Election 2004: Revealing and surprising facts.

November 2, 2004: CSPAN covers FairVote news conference / Other media, FairVote releases guide to election night on website, Reminder: Couch Pundit contest / Election night party, New York Times on how to make sure you cast a valid vote, Harvard Crimson endorses direct election with instant runoff

October 28, 2004: A frozen House / Disrespected right / Indirect election, Latest high-profile instant runoff (IRV) media in Washington Post, IRV news: New federal bill, Ferndale, youth debate, Canada; FairVote reps on NPR and other high-profile venues, DC Area: Election night party, Highlights of recent webpostings: John Anderson commentary, reform progress here and abroad, more.

September 30, 2004: NY Times features instant runoff voting, CVD Board member Malia Lazu on the "American Candidate," Nirvana's Krist Novoselic on tour for book and FairVote, Highlights of recent webpostings.

May 21, 2004: Instant runoffs at Utah Republican convention, cumulative voting in Amarillo and corporations, welcoming David Moon to CVD, register to vote on-line, efforts to secure funding for elections, India's election – and a call for full representation, UC-Davis and fair student elections, CVD commentary in the Washington Post and Legal Times, voting rights amendment gathers support, an integrated U.S. Senate?, and books by George Farah and Hendrik Hertzberg.

April 30, 2004: Supreme Court okays political gerrymandering, Utah Republicans gear up for IRV election on May 8, right-to-vote amendment gathers support, more universities adopt instant runoff voting, new/updated CVD reports on non-majority winners, monopoly Politics projections, voter turnout, key gains for full representation in Canada and UK, South Africa's third full representation election, and featured commentary: Richie/Hill on presidential battlegrounds.

March 4, 2004: Win for IRV in Berkeley, Support for IRV in new Illinois poll, and more.

January 16, 2004: Full Representation, The Right to Vote, and more.

December 19, 2003: Year-end letter from CVD chairman John Anderson. The Center's long-time chairman reports on the Center's activities in 2003 and plans for 2004.

December 12, 2003 E-mail Newsletter: Supreme Court and Democracy, Dean and IRV, and more.

November 6, 2003 E-mail Newsletter:  Election 2003 Analysis, Reserving Your Room for the Nov. 21-23 Conference, Public Radio Specials, and more.

October 24, 2003 E-mail Newsletter:  One month to the "Claim Democracy Conference," HAVA update, Texas Redistricting, Voter Turnout in the CA Recall Election, and more.

October 2, 2003 E-mail Newsletter:  "Claim Democracy" Conference, NPR's "Marketplace" Covers IRV, and more.

July 2, 2003 E-mail Newsletter: Texas Redistricting Highlights, CVD's Democracy USA Initiative, IRV in San Francisco and more.

April 3, 2003 E-mail Newsletter:  Democracy in America, IRV Legislation, Election Reform Hits Campuses, New Resources for Advocates, and more.

February 14, 2003 E-mail Newsletter:  Funds for Reform, IRV/Full Representation Bills in Congress and in States, and more.

December 12, 2002 Online Digest: Lessons for 2004 from Louisiana, updates, and media coverage of European Political Tidings.

November 14, 2002 E-mail Newsletter: Election 2002 index, updates, media coverage of electoral reform,and monopoly politics 2004 predictions. 

November 2002 Voting and Democracy Review: The Center's Fall 2002 newsletter includes an analysis of "No-Choice Elections", a Voting Systems Reform Update, and more.

November 1, 2002 E-mail Newsletter: Pre-Election update with news on upcoming media coverage of electoral reform and new commentaries.

October 31, 2002 Online Digest: Commentary from senior analyst Steven Hill on the stalling growth of women legislators, Nancy Pelosi and winner-take-all and more, plus Rob Richie's list of the ten races to watch on Election Day.

October 16, 2002 E-mail Newsletter : Update on federal election reform legislation, Monopoly Politics 2002, and recent commentaries.

October 11, 2002 Online Digest: The inaugural edition of the Center's new digest of short items about current news and opinion regarding politics, representative democracy and political reform, edited by executive director Rob Richie and senior analyst Steven Hill.

August 25, 2002 :  Update from the Alaska campaign trail, including key commentaries from Alaska newspapers.

July 22, 2002 : CVD's Anniversary message, with updates on recent activities, full representation and IRV developments, Steven Hill's new book, and a review of redistricting in the states.

March 11, 2002 : The Victory Update, in which Executive Director Rob Richie breaks the good news about instant runoff voting in San Francisco and Vermont.  Also, news from recent weeks and new links.

October 2001 : A late-October Update From the Field from National Field Director Dan Johnson-Weinberger, with the latest news from the states, important upcoming dates and how you can get involved.

September 2001 : The September Update From the Field from National Field Director Dan Johnson-Weinberger, with reform activities in the states and what you can do.

July 27, 2001 : Instant runoff voting on San Francisco ballot in March; More big IRV news from states across the nation; Cumulative voting gains big-name support in Illinois; "Redistricting Central": Updates from all 50 states; Modernizing election administration: the time is now; CVD president John Anderson's Carter-Ford testimony; Are your county and state democracy-ready? Find out!; Voting rights: ACLU policy on full rep, more; Exciting job opening: Full Representation Project Dir.; Endorsements mount - add your name to growing list; Resources: New articles, books and web pages / links; Shorts: Legislation needs your support, breakthrough for choice voting in New Zealand, British elections analysis, Demos "Dispatches" and mapping effort, successful pro-democracy events, Bouricius on NPR; Getting involved: packet, online IRV demo, interns; Double your online gift for real electoral reform!

April 6, 2001 : Instant runoff voting legislation in 12 states & Congress Proportional voting legislation in states & Congress; City efforts likely to lead to ballot measures in 2001; Pro-democracy conference June 29-July 1 in Phila.; May 4 event on proportional voting in New York City; Electoral reform movement gathers strength; Media coverage: Important new articles, books, more and CVD on CSPAN, Fox, NBC & CNN; New CVD web reports on diversity, competitiveness; Pro rep movements in Canada and United Kingdom; Getting active: Equipment, demo elections, legislation; and calling on interns... Join the CVD team!; USA Today editorial in favor of instant runoff voting

2000 Updates:
Year end report 2000 and thank you to supporters.  Now is the time for voting system reform.
Thanksgiving 2000: A Thanksgiving chorus:  Modernize our elections!  The still unresolved presidential election has brought unprecedented attention to our ideas about electoral reform.
November 7, 2000:  Comprehensive Election Day 2000 update with analysis of presidential and congressional races; new CVD analyses of redistricting, competition, the breakdown of majority rule; results of "Why Don't We Vote?" essay contest; extensive media coverage of electoral reform, including several new CVD commentaries; events future and past; and more.
August 4, 2000: - August 4 Update: News items on CVD commentary in Washington Post, Sierra Club endorsement of PR, ICANN's decision to use IRV for worldwide elections, new CVD factsheets, CVD report on blanket primaries and more
  • July 13, 2000: - LWV votes for national study, Cumulative voting in Amarillo, Anderson NY Times op-ed, PR and IRV showcased in the London Mayor's race, redistricting roulette, CVD commentary, notable articles, essay contest and new educational materials 
  • News from British Columbia, Canada:  BC Liberals policy, Canadian Alliance policy, Making Votes Count Conference May 13, Miscellaneous
  • Excerpts from A study of at-large elections for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
  • See which states use proportional representation to allocate their delegates and track the delegate race so far. Republican Primaries, Democratic PrimariesPresidential Campaign Events 2000 The major scheduled events from '98-'99 as compiled by Reuters
  • February 9, 2000 Sacramento Bee plugs PR, other commentaries;  RNC chair suggests proportional representation; Pro- PR candidates; Illinois events; PR in Iowa; more...

1999 Updates:
  • The Year-End Report from CVD President John B. Anderson, recent developments in electoral reform, and Executive Director Rob Richie's summary of "Voting System Reform On the Move" 12/99
  • Voting and Democracy Review 10/99 Read the Center's newsletter online: lead article on Instant Runoff Voting, plus Congress Debates PR!
  • Electronic Bulletin from the Electoral Reform Society
  • October 16, 1999: Rush Limbaugh says IRV is "a great idea."
  • October 15, 1999: Triple Threat: Cumulative voting for Illinois
  • October 13, 1999: San Francisco Supervisor Proposes Instant Runoff Elections
  • October 13, 1999: Voting rules in the news of the Czech Republic, Poland, the UK, Ireland and Taiwan.
  • October 4, 1999: Supreme Court takes new voting rights case; Asian Americans and proportional voting; Northern Ireland and choice voting method of "PR"
  • September 10, 1999: three important events taking place next week:
  • August 1, 1999 a: Milosevic opposes, Blair and Kim support PR.
  • August 1, 1999 b: Japan, Ireland, Fiji
  • August 1, 1999 c: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong
  • July 22, 1999: IRV for counties, Jenkins for Make Votes Count,
  • July 2, 1999: South Africa, ACLU, League of Women Voters, UK, Guns & cash
  • July 1, 1999: CVD expands!
  • June 28, 1999: European Parliament elections in the United Kingdom
  • June 28, 1999: Proportional Representation in Scotland
  • June 6, 1999: Proportional Representation in Scotland and Wales
  • June 2, 1999: PR & CVD Are Alive, Kicking, and Growing
  • March 3, 1999: International Voting Systems News/UK in the Spotlight
  • February 8, 1999: Election follow-up and new book, Reflecting All of Us

1998 Updates:
  • December 22, 1998: Promised Articles
  • December 21, 1998: Fixing a Broken Politics
  • November 13, 1998: Welcoming Ventura - commentary/election stats.
  • November 2, 1998: Elections: As They Are...and As They Could Be
  • October 9, 1998: MN Conference, SF Recap, Washington Post Column
  • August 31, 1998: 1998 Conferences, News on Voting System Reform
  • August 15, 1998: "Electing the People's House 1998"
  • July 12, 1998: Fall Conferences! Attend and Participate
  • July 2, 1998: Transferable Ballots w/Instant Runoff and Choice Voting
  • June 19, 1998: NYC, Northern Ireland, Illinois
  • June 6, 1998: Northern Ireland -- PR continues to break out in the UK
  • June 2, 1998: John Anderson's May 1998 commentary on Supreme Court ruling
  • June 2, 1998: Reuters article on British Support for PR
  • May 10, 1998: Call for panelists at CV&D Conferences in September 1998 and November 1998
  • April 26, 1998: 1998 Conferences, Web Site, PR News
  • March 31, 1998: Lani Guinier's "Lift Every Voice" and April 1 "Today" show
  • January 22, 1998: Northern Ireland Peace Plan (of course) calls for PR

1997 Updates:
  • December 21, 1997: Pro-PR resolution adopted by National Black Caucus of State Legislators
  • November 15, 1997: Rep. Cynthia McKinney introduces new, improved Voters' Choice Act in Congress
  • November 2, 1997: Irish presidential election; plug for PR by American Reform party; and more
  • October 31, 1997: Election Day 1997 commentary
  • October 22, 1997: Ukraine, NY City, Natl. Law. Guild
  • October 14, 1997: Oregon's campaign for proportional representation
  • October 10, 1997: Memorable Quotes: Ukraine, US PIRG, Sam Smith, etc.
  • September 20, 1997: PR breaking out all over UK
  • August 9, 1998: Resources, Instant Run-Off, Oregon Campaign, Monopoly Politics
  • July 25, 1997: Update: Monopoly Politics/Review of International Elections
  • July 16, 1997: PR for UK's Elections to European Parliament
  • July 9, 1997: Mexico; US Developments; US ; Italy; UK; web sites
  • June 20, 1997: Update: Pro-PR resolution by Southern California ADA, Working with the League of Women Voters
  • June 19, 1997: Supreme Court VRA, Voters' Choice Act
  • June 8, 1997: Ireland, France, Canada, New York (school boards), Minnesota, Book Publishing
  • June 3, 1997: Canadian Elections
  • May 29, 1997: Canada, Limited Voting Case, France
  • May 20, 1997: Part 1 - Voting rights, Non-competitive races, Ireland, Turkey, electoral systems, new books
  • May 20, 1997: Part 2 - United Kingdom, Italy, France, Albania, new books
  • May 5, 1997: British elections / British Poll on PR
  • April 30, 1997: Update: Pop Quiz, Fusion Ruling, International Elections
  • March 31, 1997: Update: ACLU-Washington on PR, more
  • March 13, 1997: "Study Circles" in Minnesota
  • February 8, 1997: NY Times Commentary on Campaign Finance
  • January 21, 1997

1996 Updates:
  • December 31, 1996: A look back at 1996, by CV&D President John Anderson
  • December 21, 1996
  • November 6, 1996
  • October 2, 1996
  • October 1, 1996: International update
  • September 30, 1996
  • September 25, 1996

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