The Plurality-Majority Voting System

The relatively straight-forward plurality-majority system (a.k.a.the first past the post or winner-takes-all system) is easy to understand and has a lot of fun nicknames. It’s also the most common vote tabulation system in the world, so you’ve definitely participated in it. Here’s how it works.

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From Worst To First: New York State's Voter Reforms

Given that there were dramatic changes made to the New York State Senate in the last election, it was no surprise that when the new session began in January, election reform wasn’t just among the first issues raised, it was THE first issue raised.  On the first day of the legislative session five election reform bills passed in both the assembly and senate and were delivered to the governor’s desk. Here’s what changes were made:

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How Exactly Are Our Votes Counted?

This week we’re beginning a series to help you and your team better understand how votes in America are actually tabulated. It sounds technical, but it’s an incredibly important topic – your ability to cast a meaningful vote depends heavily on how that vote gets counted (and same goes for your team).

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Should Election Day be a Holiday?

On January 4, 2019, Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland introduced HR 1, the “For the People Act,” the first piece of new legislation to be considered by the 116th Congress. It’s a sweeping voter reform package that, if passed, would have huge impact on elections in the U.S. (and, by extension, the work of Vote Captains nationwide!). Here’s what it would do.

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We've launched!

With so much confounding and concerning stuff going on in Washington and statehouses nationwide, it's harder than ever to figure out how to take meaningful action. No matter who the president is, however, one thing remains true:


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Lila Nordstrom