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Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source City of Minneapolis
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This document establishes ranked-choice voting for all municipal elections in Minneapolis. Ranked-choice voting is an election method in which voters rank candidates for an office in order of their preference. This chapter also outlines the procedures for tabulating votes, ties, reporting...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2002
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Board Of Supervisors
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This amendment to the San Francisco County Charter calls for instant runoff balloting for municipal elections for the November 5th, 2002 election and all subsequent elections for the offices of Mayor, Sheriff, District Attorney, Treasurer, Assessor-Recorder, Public Defender and members...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source Faith in Action
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
The goal of Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) is to build year-round organizations in cities and states that have an organized constituency of people who register to vote, turnout to vote, mobilize others into political activity, and hold their elected officials accountable through...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level County
State(s) All States
Source SiX Action
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
Now, more than ever, the strength of our democracy is not something we can take for granted. Our democracy works only as long as people participate and believe in our election systems. To that end, we need to ensure that our system of registration and voting is modern, secure, and...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source City of Saint Paul
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This document establishes ranked-choice voting for municipal elections for mayor and council member. Ranked-choice voting is an election method in which voters rank candidates for an office in order of their preference. This chapter outlines the ballot formats and tabulation centers...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 1997
Level County
State(s) Minnesota
Source Ramsey County Board of Commissioners
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This ordinance requires committees and candidates to file a campaign finance report within 14 days of having donations or reimbursements in excess of $750. The campaign or committee must continue to file reports before January 31st, and for candidates who will appear on the ballot...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source City of San Leandro
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Ranked choice voting is an election system in which voters rank the candidates for office in order of preference, and the ballots are counted in rounds that simulate a series of runoffs until one candidate receives a majority of votes. This ordinance establishes ranked choice voting...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, State
State(s) All States
Source FairVote
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Safe districts are the electoral districts which are regarded as “secure” for a certain political party or candidate to win. In a winner-take-all system, the votes of people who have a mix of political viewpoints or prefer a different political party are insufficient to elect anyone....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source FairVote
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This report summarizes the preliminary findings of a study into the impact of the introduction of ranked choice voting (RCV) on candidate spending in city elections in the Bay Area of California. It finds that RCV did not significantly impact candidate spending on its own, but it...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Portland City Council
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety, Democracy & Governance
This ordinance amends the Campaign Finance Act ('Act') to ensure that: the contribution limits applicable to those doing business with the city apply for an entire election cycle, meaning a primary and general election, and not for each election; the new matching level of 6:1 up to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source City of Seattle
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report identifies many obstacles that keep immigrant communities from participating in Seattle's civic and political life. It highlights five general areas of concern and developed a series of practical recommendations that the mayor's office can embrace to help address these...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source FairVote
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
A primary runoff election is held if no candidate surpasses the necessary threshold for victory in the initial primary election. Voter awareness of the system and a dip in enthusiasm following the initial primary has resulted in a trend of voter turnout dropping in the runoff election....

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source City of Takoma Park
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
This resolution affirms the right to vote by establishing a task force on voting, supporting a federal constitutional amendment to grant an individual right to vote, and calling on elected officials to help increase voter turnout. Notably, it specifies that city resources will be...

Type Roadmap
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Civil Rights
In the United States, many voters experience difficulty getting registered to vote, staying registered to vote, or actually casting their ballot. As a result, voter turnout rates are extremely low in the U.S. compared to other similar countries. In order to increase voter participation...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source FairVote
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
The report outlines the results of the 2014 survey of RVC and non-RCV cities in California. It finds that voters perceive less criticism between candidates and observe lower levels of negative campaigning in elections conducted using RCV than do those voters in elections using the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Brennan Center for Justice
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
This report discusses election integrity and addresses concerns over election rigging, voter fraud, and election manipulation during the 2016 election. The report suggests investing in improvements to online registration, election-day fail-safe mechanisms to correct mistaken information,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source FairVote
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
The party primary system, rather than enhancing democracy, often results in a low-turnout race in which some voters are excluded by law, and the winner frequently does not have majority support of all voters in the district. In conjunction with ballot access rules that discriminate...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Town of Somerset
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This charter amendment specifies who is considered a qualified voter in Somserset County, MD. It specifically states that any person who has resided within the limits of the town for 14 days preceding any election is a qualified voter....

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Minnesota
Source City of Minneapolis
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This ordinance requires landlords to provide new tenants with voter registration forms at the time the tenant begins their residency. This obliges landlords to make new residents to the area as well as new tenants who have previously not registered to vote aware of voter registration...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This policy brief discusses the problem of lower voter turnout in municipal and county elections. The brief discusses possible causes for this issue such as low voter engagement, a lack of community grounding, and the absence of viable political options. The brief proposes solutions...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source FairVote
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This report examines alternatives to America's winner-take all electoral system showing that it can lead to the election of unpopular outcomes. Alternative voting methods examined include instant runoff voting (IRV), Bucklin voting, approval voting, range voting, the Borda count,...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Madison City Council
Policy Areas Housing, Democracy & Governance
This ordinance requires landlords to provide new tenants with voter registration forms at the time the tenant begins their residency. This obliges landlords to make new residents to the area as well as new tenants who have previously not registered to vote aware of voter registration...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Dane County Clerk's Office
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
City of Madison issued 66,834 absentee ballots in the 2016 General Election, truly shattering all previous records. The November 2016 election saw over twice the number of issued and returned absentee ballots as any previous election. The number of pre-registered voters prior to Election...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source FairVote
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
This model act allows a city or county to conduct a local election using ranked choice voting in which voters rank the candidates for office in order of preference. Ranked choice voting elections may be used for single-winner elections, such as Mayor, or for elections that elect multiple...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
The ordinance requires that all candidates comply with contribution limits and disclosure requirements. The ordinance also established the Campaign Finance Program (the Program). Candidates who join the Program also agree to comply with strict expenditure limits, and in return they...

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