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Ranked Choice Voting Maryland

Ranked Choice Voting Maryland (RCV Maryland) is a nonpartisan, grassroots coalition seeking to build a more effective, representative democracy through ranked choice voting elections. We are a collective of activists and supporting organizations seeking to modernize Maryland's voting systems at the city, county, and state level. RCV Maryland formed to galvanize public and political support for better voting methods after a history of crowded primaries, a lack of fair representation, and low plurality winners.
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Gov. Larry Hogan announced the state's first citizen-led redistricting commission on Tuesday and appointed its first three members.

Hogan makes last-minute attempt to prevent Democratic gerrymander in Maryland

Gov. Larry Hogan is making one last effort to stymie partisan gerrymandering in Maryland before the next decade's election maps are drawn.

The Republican governor announced this week the creation of the state's first-ever citizen-led redistricting commission to draft new congressional and state legislative maps. But final approval will ultimately be up to the General Assembly, which is dominated by Democrats.

In most states, partisan map manipulations have favored Republicans, but Maryland is one of the few examples of Democratic gerrymandering. Several states' election maps have been challenged in court over the last decade, including Maryland's. But the Supreme Court deflected judgement over partisan gerrymandering, saying there is no clear standard to use in evaluating the maps.

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'Eastpointe' Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Organizers: Fix Democracy First, FairVote WA and More Equitable Democracy

Join filmmaker Grace McNally plus other special guests for a screening and panel discussion of "Eastpointe." When a quiet suburb of Detroit is sued by the Department of Justice, a long history of racial tensions is unearthed and an historic election takes place. "Eastpointe" is the story of a community coping with demographic change in the United States.

When the Department of Justice sued the small town of Eastpointe and alleged its election systems were racist, the town balked at the accusation. After tense negotiations, both parties agreed to allow ranked-choice voting to be the remedy, a historic first for a Voting Rights Act case. The film follows the DOJ officials, community members and candidates during this historic election.

Location: Webinar

Are we electing people who truly represent us?

Organizer: The People

Ranked-choice voting is increasingly touted as the most promising reform to democratize and depolarize our politics and elections. Join The People NH and NH RCV for an introduction to ranked-choice voting. We'll learn how it works and why some think it could be the answer to extreme polarization in the Granite State.

Location: Webinar

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Because ... 2020.

Think you know how democracy fared in 2020? Test yourself.

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic calamity will be remembered as the top stories of the year along with an extraordinarily contentious presidential contest — which faced extra challenges from Covid-19 and the incumbent president's unprecedented crusade to discredit American democracy. But the system survived, even as it got set back in some ways and improved at the margins in others.

How well do you remember the big moments in the world of democracy reform this past year? Take this quiz to find out.

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