Unconventional Elections in America
Sept. 22, 2017, 6:48 p.m.
Did you know that you may have to vote again in your primary if no candidate gets more than half the votes? If not, you may want to find out if this applies to you.
For example, there’s been such a close race for Jeff Sessions’ vacant Senate seat in Alabama that the Republican primary in August did not determine a winner. A primary runoff between the top two Republican candidates, Roy Moore and Luther Strange, is scheduled for September 26.
In over 115 races that Vote Smart has already tracked in 2017, we have encountered other unconventional election practices that voters may not be aware of. Earlier this month, Mississippi held a nonpartisan primary election for its State House Dist. 102 seat that will be determined by a runoff election in October.
Most Americans participate in a first-past-the-post system where winners in primaries and general elections are decided by a “plurality”—the candidate with the most votes wins. Several cities and states across the nation, however, have adopted alternative election methods. Read on for a brief explanation of the unique election practices that are currently used at the state and federal levels.
VoteEasy and PCT Results Released in California
Oct. 27, 2014, 4:25 p.m.
Today, Vote Smart released the results of the National Political Courage Test to VoteEasy at VoteSmart.org, giving California voters an invaluable resource for identifying their best political match November 4th. Twenty-eight congressional, state legislative and gubernatorial candidates passed the 2014 Political Courage Test.
Legislative Wrap-Up: Voter ID
Jan. 16, 2013, 11:34 p.m.
States across America considered legislation in their most recent sessions that would change voting and voter registration requirements.
Same-Sex Marriage Wrap-Up
Nov. 19, 2012, 10:23 p.m.
Over the past few years, the country has witnessed an abundance of legislation on both the state and national levels regarding same-sex marriage.
National Intern Spotlight: John Hogan
July 3, 2012, 9:34 p.m.
We threw the spotlight on one of our returning interns, John, and asked him a few questions about his time, so far, here at the Great Divide Ranch...
Standing Your Ground Across The States
June 12, 2012, 2:11 p.m.
The February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin has ignited a media firestorm surrounding so-called “stand your ground” or “castle doctrine” laws in the United States.
Comments on Unemployment Rate
June 1, 2012, 9:51 p.m.
The US unemployment rate was published at 8.2% for the month of May, rising a tenth of a point from April's 8.1%. Here's what several congress members had to say about it...
That's strong stuff
Nov. 30, 2011, 4:07 p.m.
University of Southern California student, and current intern, David Hernandez discusses his experience working as a part of our research team.
'Supercommittee' misses deadline
Nov. 22, 2011, 8:19 p.m.
The U.S. Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction was established with the goal of improving both the short and long term financial outlook of the US and reducing the deficit “...by at least $1,500,000,000 over the period of fiscal years 2012 to 2021” But they missed their deadline...