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CES Welcomes Four New Members to our Board of Directors
Tue, 15 Nov 2022 20:29:07 +0000

Approval voting is a simple, yet novel, approach to bridging the ideological divide that threatens our democracy. By giving voters a more powerful ballot on which they can pick all the candidates they like, we are working with our partners to strengthen the power of a vote, and reinforce faith in our electoral system. Our […]

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Four Vote-Splits That Defined the 2022 Election
Thu, 03 Nov 2022 19:14:50 +0000

When like-minded candidates split the vote of the majority, the results can distort the will of the electorate, resulting in election winners who lack broad support. This common occurrence is called vote-splitting, and it’s bad for democracy.  Unfortunately, it happens a lot in democracies that rely on choose-one voting. During this year’s congressional primary, nearly […]

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RCV Fools Palin Voters into Electing a Progressive Democrat
Fri, 16 Sep 2022 18:55:52 +0000

There’s lots of exciting analysis here on this crazy Alaskan special election. And you’re probably not going to see this kind of analysis in many other places given how complicated ranked-choice voting is to decipher. There’s also an odd fascination with many media outlets just blindly repeating RCV advocacy claims. Even RCV critics in the […]

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Dear Independent Voter: Ranked-Choice Voting Thinks You’re the Problem
Wed, 17 Aug 2022 13:42:00 +0000

The Seattle City Council’s decision to put a ranked-choice voting initiative on the ballot in November has set up a voting-method showdown between ranked-choice (RCV) and approval voting (AV).  Browse any website promoting ranked-choice voting (RCV), and inevitably you’ll see headlines promising a real chance for independent, progressive, or third-party candidates to finally win. As […]

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Meet the Approval Voting Movement
Wed, 10 Aug 2022 19:50:00 +0000

Most American political movements are defined by a certain set of policy goals or social impacts. As the ranks of our movement continue to grow, we tried to ask, “who are the supporters of approval voting£” Through the personal stories of our supporters, I want you to meet our movement. As our polling shows, Americans […]

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Congratulations Seattle Approves: Approval Voting Measure Qualifies for City Ballot this Fall
Thu, 16 Jun 2022 21:47:55 +0000

The Center for Election Science is excited to share the news that Seattle Approves has gathered the signatures necessary to put Initiative 134, which will bring approval voting to Seattle, on the November ballot.  This campaign is a model for our movement to empower voters in communities across America. Local citizens like Troy Davis, Logan […]

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Fargo’s Second Approval Voting Election Runs Smoothly
Thu, 16 Jun 2022 19:46:14 +0000

The election itself—as approval voting usually is—was mostly uneventful. Approval voting lets voters choose as many candidates as they want. The candidate with the most votes wins. That’s it. For many Fargo voters, this was their second go at it. Perhaps the only catch was that the North Dakota Secretary of State continued to report […]

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We’re hiring a Director of Operations & Outreach!
Thu, 09 Jun 2022 07:16:20 +0000

The Center for Election Science is currently hiring a Director of Operations & Outreach! This is a completely remote role with competitive salary and benefits. Please review the job posting below and share with anyone you think might be interested. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 22, 2022 by 8PM Pacific. Late applications may […]

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Sick of the Circus£ Get Rid of the Clowns.
Mon, 06 Jun 2022 13:05:00 +0000

American politics are commonly referred to as a “circus”. Showtime’s hit political docuseries is even called “The Circus”. What troubles me most about this term is not how trite it’s become, but how none of us question it. It’s now just widely accepted that those in elected office should serve as entertainers, rather than representatives.  […]

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Approval Voting is the Reform the Latine Population Needs
Mon, 23 May 2022 13:30:00 +0000

32.  That’s how many votes popular State Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez lost by in his 2020 bid for re-election in the Miami suburb of Coral Gables. Miami recently made national news when it was uncovered that Rodriguez’s razor thin margin of defeat was made possible by a form of election fraud called shadow candidacy. Rodriguez’s […]

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