The political landscape over the last decade was marked by increasing polarization, partisan majorities in many states that impose policies out of step with the views of most Americans—and gerrymandering and winner-take-all electoral systems making a mockery of the prospect of political accountability. But it was also a decade in which ranked choice voting (RCV) spread across the country.
Ranked choice voting has been shown to increase the number of women and people of color running in and winning elections—and the results of the 2019 elections prove that it works.
With a population of 8.6 million, New York City has the chance to double the number of Americans who currently use ranked-choice voting today.
Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez both took advantage of New York state’s new early voting options this year, casting their ballots for this week’s elections over the weekend. But their civic engagement efforts didn’t stop at the polls.
AB 963, the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act, calls for historic investment to increase civic engagement among the state’s 3.1 million students enrolled at 147 public universities and colleges.
Denying anyone their voting rights or abortion rights is a degradation to democracy. Every person should have control over their own destiny, whether that’s a matter of ballots or bodies.
Black women’s leadership and GOTV efforts led Black women candidates to victory, and the Black women we elected will lead the country on a new path toward equality and justice for all. But we had to overcome monumental hurdles to get to these victories—with some voters still fighting today to ensure their ballots from Tuesday are counted.
I’m voting today to honor those who went before me and fought, tooth and nail, to ensure that I could. And I’m voting to make sure their vision of a more just and equal world gets a little closer to becoming a reality.
100,000 people marched to the polls in Chicago ahead of the midterm elections. Across the country, feminists today are doing the same.
With voting rights more under attack than ever, it’s important that everyone stay vigilant to ensure that their registrations remain active. That’s where Don’t Get Purged comes in—a new website that checks the voter rolls in your state so that you can be sure you’re all set for election day.