Tag: Election policy

  • Ballot Bulletin March 2020

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    Virginia General Assembly passes bill allowing localities to use ranked-choice voting in some municipal elections  On Feb. 27, the Virginia State Senate voted 22-18 to approve HB1103, which would allow local governments to implement ranked-choice voting (RCV) for select municipal elections. All of the Senate’s 21 Democrats and one Republican voted in favor of the…

  • The Ballot Bulletin: February 2020

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    Wisconsin governor establishes advisory redistricting commission  On Jan. 27, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) signed an executive order creating an advisory redistricting commission. The commission will prepare congressional and state legislative district plans for Wisconsin lawmakers to consider. The plans are advisory, and the legislature will be under no obligation to accept the commission’s recommendations.…

  • Maine Republican Party files veto referendum to repeal ranked-choice voting for presidential elections

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    The Maine Republican Party has proposed a veto referendum to repeal legislation that would implement ranked-choice voting for the presidential election on November 3, 2020. On February 4, 2020, Demi Kouzounas, the party’s chairperson, filed the referendum. In 2019, the Maine State Legislature passed Legislative Document 1083 (LD 1083), which was designed to implement ranked-choice…

  • Pennsylvania Legislature passes constitutional amendment to end primaries for lieutenant governor

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    The Pennsylvania State Legislature approved a constitutional amendment that would change how candidates for lieutenant governor are selected. In Pennsylvania, a political party’s candidates for governor and lieutenant governor are elected on a joint ticket at the general election. As of 2020, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run in separate primaries for their party’s…

  • Ballot Bulletin: A look back on election policy in 2019

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    Redistricting December 2019 map

    Electoral policy legislation in 2019: the year in review With the year drawing to a close, let’s take a look back at electoral policy legislation in the states in 2019. Redistricting legislation: This year, we’ve tracked 243 bills relating to redistricting policy. This represents a 179 percent increase over the 87 relevant bills introduced in…