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Supports of ranked-choice voting in Massachusetts rallied to support the alternative voting method in July.

As ranked-choice voting gains acceptance, critics push back

Most Americans are accustomed to a winner-take-all voting process, making one, decisive choice between a multitude of candidates.

Ranked-choice voting changes the standard methodology. RCV allows voters to rank multiple candidates in order of personal preference, replacing a "plurality winner" system with a vastly different election process that hasn't been widely seen in the United States for some time.

This past year, ranked-choice voting has been having a sort of coming-out party. It was used in Democratic presidential primaries in four states as well as the Nevada caucuses. And referendums instituting ranked-choice voting are on the ballot this fall in five cities and three states — Alaska, Massachusetts and North Dakota.

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What Is Approval Voting?

You're darn tootin': Fargo just revolutionized American elections

Peña is operations director and Raleigh is advocacy director at the Center for Election Science, which advocates for the alternative election method known as approval voting.

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Why should we adopt balanced voting?

Cohen is a retired mathematician and engineer living in Maine.

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Open Primaries National Virtual Discussion

Organizer: Open Primaries

Join our call to hear about the movement for change in St. Louis. St. Louis is one of only a few remaining major cities that conduct partisan municipal elections. Candidates regularly come into office with a minority of the vote. The STL Approves Campaign is hoping to change that. STL Approves' "Proposition D for Democracy" has recently been certified for the 2020 November ballot This comes after organizers collected 20,000 signatures, twice as many as were needed to qualify. 72% of voters now support the measure. Prop D would accomplish two important goals for voters:

  • End partisan primaries and replace them with an open, top-two nonpartisan primary in which all voters vote and all candidates compete.
  • Institute approval voting, an innovative form of voting where citizens "approve" of as many candidates as they want.

Please join us to hear about how this important campaign is hoping to dismantle barriers and build a better future for St. Louis. We'll be joined by Campaign Chair Benjamin Singer, local civil rights leader and supporter Reverend Darryl Gray, and campaign partner and national expert on approval voting Aaron Hamlin, the Executive Director of the Center for Election Science.

Location: Webinar

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