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Maine joins the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

April 30th 2024Legislation

National Popular Vote (NPV) Interstate Compact guarantees the presidency to the winner who secures the most votes. It’s nonpartisan and works within the electoral college, and will go into effect when states representing 270 electoral college votes sign on to the agreement. After Maine became the latest to join, the bill has been enacted into law in 17 states and Washington D.C. possessing 209 electoral votes. Only 61 more electoral votes to go!

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Maine votes to ban foreign campaign spending in elections

November 8th 2023Ballot measure

VICTORY! Maine bans foreign election spending with 86.4+%(!!) of the vote. Measure 2 prevents foreign-invested corporations and foreign governments from making political contributions of any kind in Maine. That represents more than $100 million, and some 83% of money to sway ballot campaigns. The passage of Measure 2 puts an end to it. Not only does this prevent foreign interference, but it’s a smart strategy to put cracks in the Citizens United and SpeechNow doctrine that gave us SuperPACs and allows organizations to make political contributions. This measure is especially timely as Maine is grappling with local control over its electricity production future, and foreign fossil fuel pressure has been enormous.

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Maine expand voting access by creating an ongoing absentee voter list

July 10th 2023Legislation

Starting July 10, 2023, LD 1690 will expand voting access by creating an ongoing absentee voter list to streamline the process of receiving mail ballots for all elections. This bill will allow every voter the opportunity to sign up for the ongoing absentee mailing list, beginning with the Nov. 2025 election.

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Georgia Defeats Ban on Ranked Choice Voting

March 29th 2024Defense

Congrats to our partners Eternal Vigilance and Better Ballot Georgia for leading the effort to prevent a ban on Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in the state, and to the many RepresentUs volunteers in Georgia who mobilized an effort to contact their legislators to voice their support for RCV. The bill was passed in the Georgia Senate, but thanks to partner coordination and grassroots opposition, the bill did not pass the Georgia House.

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Utah Defends Ranked Choice Voting

March 8th 2024Defense

Congrats to our partners at Utah RCV and to the hundreds of Utah and RepresentUs volunteers who successfully defended ranked-choice voting! This groundswell of constituent calls and public support helped defeat a bill that would’ve ended the use of RCV in the state. Now Utah can continue with their RCV pilot program, which allows municipalities to opt-in to use ranked-choice voting.

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21 Municipalities in Utah Opt-in to Use Ranked Choice Voting

May 10th 2021Municipal opt-in

In 2019 two municipalities, Vineyard and Payson, signed onto a pilot program for Ranked Choice Voting. Due to the success of the pilot program, Utah signed into law new legislation (HB 0075) which expanded the pilot program to other municipalities in the state. 21 municipalities in Utah have opted-in to use RCV in their municipal elections.

Utah now has more cities participating in municipal ranked-choice voting than all the other states combined.

Utah Pushes Back Against Gerrymandering with Statewide Resolution

November 16th 2018Statewide Binding Resolution

Voters in Utah led by the Better Boundaries coalition pushed through legislation that creates an independent commission to propose bipartisan state legislative and congressional district maps. This cracks down on gerrymandering by restricting the ability of politicians to draw their own district lines. An incredible grassroots win in the Southwestern U.S!

Minnetonka voters defend Ranked Choice Voting

November 9th 2023Defense

RepresentUS was proud to partner with Rank the Vote and FairVote MN to drive turnout to defeat a cynical RCV repeal in a city that just adopted it in 2020. RepresentUs volunteers helped play defense by sending out over 14,000 texts to get the word out about this race. By a 58-42 margin, Minnetonka voters said “We like Ranked Choice Voting and want to keep using it!” Congratulations Minnetonka, and our friends at Rank the Vote and FairVote MN!

Minnesota restores the vote to as many as 55,000 formerly incarcerated felons

May 8th 2023Legislation

Minnesota did not allow formerly incarcerated individuals the ability to vote if they were within their probationary period. RepresentUs was part of a coalition of Minnesota partners that included We Choose Us and Restore the Vote MN who worked on a bill to restore voting rights to these individuals. Minnesota state lawmakers approved the bill and the governor signed it into law in March 2023. The law went into effect on July 1, 2023 and allows as many as 55,000 formerly incarcerated felons to vote from that day forward.  

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Democracy for the People Act passes in Minnesota

May 8th 2023Legislation

The Democracy for the People Act (Bill HF3 / SF3) is a revolutionary package of pro-voter reforms that

  1. Expands voting access with automatic voter registration, pre-registration of 16 and 17-year-olds, increased language accessibility for election materials, and by restoring voting rights to formerly incarcerated individuals on probation or parole
  2. Fights money in politics by closing dark money loopholes, prohibiting foreign-influenced corporations from spending in elections, and creating a democracy dollars voucher program for public campaign financing
  3. Supports free and fair elections by protecting the safety of voters and election officials from intimidation or harassment at the polls, streamlining voter participation with online voter registration, and using more federally appropriated funds for state and local election security and infrastructure

On May 5, 2023, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed the Democracy for the People Act into law. It is the biggest piece of pro-democracy legislation in Minnesota in almost 50 years. RepresentUs worked with the We Choose Us coalition to advance the Democracy for the People Act in Minnesota.

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Kalamazoo, MI votes YES on RCV

November 9th 2023Local Proposal Petition

RepresentUs was proud to parter with Rank MI Vote, Rank the Vote and Fairvote MI to mobilize voters to turn out in support of RCV in Kalamazoo, MI. Kalamazoo joins a growing list of cities in Michigan that have voted YES on RCV.

Royal Oaks, MI votes YES on RCV

November 9th 2023Local Proposal Petition

RepresentUs was proud to parter with Rank MI Vote, Rank the Vote and Fairvote MI to mobilize voters to turn out in support of RCV in Royal Oaks, MI. The vote was particularly close, with RCV winning by just 163 votes—meaning every text sent by RepresentUs volunteers (over 20,000) truly helped push RCV over the finish line. Royal Oaks joins a growing list of cities in Michigan that have voted YES on RCV. RepresentUs was proud to support RCV in these important municipal victories in Michigan 2021 and 2023 and looks forward to the future for RCV in Michigan.

East Lansing, MI votes YES on RCV

November 9th 2023Local Proposal Petition

RepresentUs was proud to parter with Rank MI Vote, Rank the Vote and Fairvote MI to mobilize voters to turn out in support of RCV in East Lansing, MI. East Lansing joins a growing list of cities in Michigan that have voted YES on RCV.

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Oregon passes historic bipartisan Ranked Choice Voting bill

June 29th 2023Legislation

On June 25, 2023, Oregon’s state legislature passed HB 2004! This is the first time in American history where a legislature in the US has referred a statewide Ranked Choice Voting bill to the ballot, giving Oregonians the chance to vote on this meaningful democracy reform in November 2024. This bipartisan Ranked Choice Voting bill was propelled by a broad coalition in which RepresentUs partnered with OregonRCV and more than 35 diverse organizations.

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Multnomah County passes Ranked Choice Voting

November 9th 2022

On Election Day 2022, Portland, Oregon passed Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) – a major story and victory for voters. You might not know that Portland’s home county, Multnomah County, also passed RCV at the same time! Going forward, Multnomah County residents will have better choices, better representation and better accountability in their government. And Portlanders can expect to use RCV for city and county races!

Portland Passes Ranked Choice Voting

November 9th 2022Charter review recommendation

Portland will become the largest city in the country to use Proportional Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). Ballot Measure 26-228 passed in the 2022 midterms elections, updating the city charter to improve representation and accountability in government. This move came as a result of the decennial charter review process. Members of the community were selected to serve on the charter commission, holding countless hours of public testimony before voting to advance a slate of reforms to the city charter including Proportional RCV in multi-member districts. Over 100 Portland business leaders, political science experts, labor unions and community and neighborhood groups came together to say yes to Ballot Measure 26-228. Now we, along with the in-state leaders Portland United for Change, are celebrating that voters overwhelmingly agreed.

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Defeat of proposed Ranked Choice Voting ban in Arizona

June 29th 2023Defense

RepresentUs with in-state partners in AZ helped defeat an RCV ban passed by the legislature, resulting in the law’s successful veto by Gov. Katie Hobbs on June 5.

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Anti-Corruption Resolution in Tucson, AZ

April 9th 2019Resolution

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and The City Council of Tuscon called upon state officials to enact legislation that will require transparency of political spending, increase disclosure amounts for lobbyists, and increase the enforcement of campaign finance guidelines. Go Tucson!

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Phoenix Passes Dark Money Disclosure Law

November 6th 2018

The Represent Phoenix chapter and members of Represent Arizona backed Proposition 419, a dark money disclosure law for the city of Phoenix.

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Seattle becomes the third-largest city to use Ranked Choice Voting

November 16th 2022Referred proposition

Seattle will become the third-largest city in the United States to use Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). In the 2022 midterm elections, voters approved RCV for primary races for city attorney, mayor and city council races. Under Seattle’s old primary system, candidates could move on to the general election even if they didn’t win a majority of the vote. Under RCV, candidates will now be forced to appeal to – and would be accountable to – a wider base of the city’s voters. Seattle residents will now have better choices and better representation in city government. Voters will be able to count on elected officials who are more accountable to them, instead of the entrenched political establishment. Congrats to the Seattle for RCV coalition, which spearheaded this effort from the start!

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Seattle, Washington Passes Ethics Ballot Measure

November 3rd 2015

In Seattle, Washington, a nonpartisan, local coalition successfully passed the I-122 ballot initiative. Led by Honest Elections Seattle, the effort sought to reduce conflicts of interest and create a more representative local government by passing a law modeled after the American Anti-Corruption Act.

Arlington County becomes first county in Virginia to adopt Ranked Choice Voting

November 16th 2022Council vote

Because of the UpVote Virginia coalition, Arlington County, Virginia is now the first county in the state to adopt Ranked Choice Voting! On November 12, 2022, the Arlington County Board unanimously endorsed RCV. This comes following the passage of HB1103 during the legislative session earlier this year, which created a pilot program for localities to explore and adopt RCV. The Arlington resolution adopts RCV in County Board primaries beginning in June 2023. Ranked Choice Voting is the fastest-growing nonpartisan electoral reform in America, and in Virginia, both parties have embraced this program in recent years. RCV has been used by the Arlington County Democratic Committee in their recent primary contests, and the Republican Party of Virginia used it at its statewide nominating convention in 2021. With Arlington County set to formally adopt this resolution in their December 13 meeting, the momentum only grows for RCV. This is a pioneering win in Virginia for the voices of voters!

Virginia Voters Take on Gerrymandering—and Win

November 3rd 2020Legislatively Referred Ballot Question

Virginia’s voting maps are rigged. Every ten years, politicians draw voting districts, picking their own voters without oversight, transparency, or citizen involvement. A dedicated group of Virginians decided to change that. In 2018, they kicked off a grassroots campaign to stop gerrymandering in Virginia. To amend the state constitution, the law first had to be passed by the legislature in two separate years, then placed on the ballot for the voters to decide. 

In an impressive display of bipartisan cooperation, the law passed both houses of the legislature in 2019 and 2020, putting Question 1, the Redistricting Commission Amendment, before Virginia voters in November of 2020.

Question 1 was approved by a majority of voters across the aisle — 65.69%. A “yes” vote transferred the power to draw the state’s congressional and legislative districts from the state legislature to a redistricting commission composed of state legislators and citizens.

Major Anti-gerrymandering Victory In Virginia

March 6th 2020Legislative Victory

The people of Virginia won a crucial fight against gerrymandering with a key vote by Virginia lawmakers. The legislature today passed an anti-gerrymandering state constitutional amendment that would ban partisan redistricting. The measure now goes to voters on the November ballot.

With voter approval, Virginia will have a bipartisan commission made up of half citizens and half legislators to redraw district lines. Virginia was recently declared the worst state in the country for partisan gerrymandering.

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Nevada says YES to nonpartisan primaries and Ranked Choice Voting

November 11th 2022Ballot Measure

Nevada is one step closer to adopting an election system that puts voters first! Voters said “YES” to Question 3, which asked if the state should use a final-five nonpartisan primary and Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) combination to elect candidates. But the work is not over for the Yes on 3 coalition: The measure has to pass again in 2024 to officially become law for the 2026 election. If Question 3 passes again in 2024, Nevada will become the third (and largest!) state in the nation to use RCV for statewide elections. As Alaska and Maine have shown, RCV ensures winning candidates receive support from the majority of voters. It also gives voters the opportunity to rank candidates in order of preference, rather than forcing them to choose between the “lesser of two evils.”

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Nevadans Approve Secure and Modern Elections

November 6th 2018

Nevadans for Secure Elections led the campaign for Question 5, a common sense solution to increase electoral participation and security. Represent Las Vegas and Represent Nevada members worked to support Question 5. With this win, Nevada will automatically register eligible citizens to vote when they receive or update their driver’s license or identification card, and automatically update their registration if they change their address, unless they choose to decline.

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San Francisco passes Prop H to increase voter voice

November 9th 2022

RepresentUs endorsed Up the Vote SF’s winning campaign to pass Proposition H – which moves city elections to presidential years. This simple rescheduling not only cuts down on the burden to election administrators, but now San Francisco can expect better representation by increasing turnout. San Francisco’s political leaders will be accountable to the whole community, not just a small fraction.

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Oakland Voters Pass The Oakland Fair Elections Act!

November 8th 2022

On Election Day 2022, Oakland voters expanded public campaign financing by passing Measure W, the Oakland Fair Elections Act! A major component of Measure W is Democracy Dollars, which amplifies the voices of voters and lowers campaign contribution limits. The new law also improves transparency and accountability with new requirements for political ad spending, includes more funding for the Oakland Public Ethics Commission, and imposes a stronger ban on lobbying by former elected officials. Oakland voters have spoken: No one should be able to spend unlimited dark money to buy elections and hide it from the voters. The city is now on a path to taking power away from dark-money groups and giving it back to the voters – where it belongs.

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Eureka, CA Passes Ranked Choice Voting

November 3rd 2020Voting Ordinance Measure

Eureka’s City Council voted unanimously to put Ranked Choice Voting on the November 2020 ballot, where it was approved by voters. Ranked Choice Voting empowers Eureka’s voters to express their opinions without fear of the spoiler effect.

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Fort Collins becomes the largest city in Colorado to use Ranked Choice Voting

November 8th 2022Council referral

Fort Collins just became the largest city in Colorado to use Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), which will give voters better choices at the ballot box and better representation in city government. Everyday Coloradans led this effort, bringing Colorado one step closer to statewide adoption. The victory in Fort Collins is proof that the anti-corruption movement’s strategy works: building community power to win local victories and spark momentum for statewide and federal change. Community leaders started organizing almost half a decade ago as a RepresentUs chapter. Through working on different initiatives and gaining experience, they built the grassroots power needed to pass a law that will improve representation in city government. This win builds on existing momentum for RCV in Colorado. Boulder adopted RCV in 2020, followed by Broomfield in 2021. More than 200,000 Coloradans now live in cities that use RCV.

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Broomfield Adopts Ranked Choice Voting


Voters in Broomfield, CO will soon have the opportunity to rank candidates in order of preference; in a November 2021 election, the city and county chose to bring Ranked Choice Voting to mayoral and council elections. They’re not the first place in Colorado bring more voice to their elections—Broomfield has become the fifth jurisdiction in the state to adopt Ranked Choice Voting after Boulder voters approved the switch in November 2020.

Boulder, CO Joins List of Cities Adopting RCV

November 3rd 2020Charter Amendment Measure

On November 3, 2020, Voters in Boulder, CO overwhelmingly approved Measure 2E — a charter amendment measure enacting Ranked Choice Voting — by 78.14%. Measure 2E allows voters to elect their mayor using Ranked Choice Voting. Boulder was the largest city in Colorado to not directly elect its Mayor.

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Evanston voters pass Ranked Choice Voting by a HUGE margin

November 8th 2022Council referral

On election night 2022, Evanston voters overwhelmingly said “YES” to Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). A whopping 82% of voters agreed that RCV is the change they wanted to see! With RCV, residents of Evanston will have better choices, better representation and better accountability in their government. Evanston voters no longer have to choose between the “lesser of two evils.” Now, they can put their community first and support the person that best represents them.

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DuPage County, Illinois Passes Anti-Corruption Resolution

May 15th 2018

Represent DuPage has passed their first resolution! On May 15th the DuPage County Board enacted an anti-corruption resolution. Illinois passed their first piece of anti-corruption legislation in Genoa in 2014. Since then volunteers have worked to build four powerful grassroots chapters, who have led 6 resolution victories. Congrats to our volunteers and the state of Illinois!

Cook County, Illinois Passes Anti-Corruption Resolution

February 7th 2018

Represent West Suburban Cook County led efforts to pass an anti-corruption resolution on February 7th, our largest (by population) resolution win to date. With the support of Represent Chicago and Represent Rockford, local efforts succeeded in winning the 6th anti-corruption resolution in the state of Illinois.

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Arkansans Defeat Amendment 2 to Preserve Direct Democracy

November 8th 2022Legislative referral

During the 2022 legislative session, state lawmakers referred Amendment 2 to the November ballot, which would have increased the threshold to pass ballot initiatives to a 60% supermajority. If passed, it would effectively make it impossible for voters to pass laws when their elected officials fail to act. Led by in-state groups like Protect AR Constitution, Arkansans saw through this shameless attempt by politicians to take away their rights. By rejecting Amendment 2, they successfully stopped a corrupt scheme to make it harder for voters to pass laws at the ballot.

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Hawaii Adopts Ranked Choice Voting

June 18th 2022Legislation

RepresentUs partnered with Common Cause Hawaii and organizations on the ground to pass a law implementing ranked choice voting for special federal elections and special elections of vacant county council seats. These types of elections often see a large field of candidates and implementing ranked choice voting will give Hawaii voters more choice at the ballot box and save the state money on election administration.

Gov. David Ige signed the bill into law on June 18, 2022.

Rhode Island makes improvements to ballot access permanent

June 8th 2022Legislation

RepresentUs and a coalition of partners worked with the Let R.I. Vote campaign on a package of bills that make it easier for Rhode Island voters to access the ballot in a number of ways:

  • allowing any voter to request a mail ballot online without an excuse
  • eliminating a witness/notary requirement
  • making drop boxes available 24/7 during early voting
  • planning to mail ballot applications directly to voters living in nursing homes
  • giving visually impaired voters more time to request braille ballots
  • cleaning up voting rolls four times per year

Many of these measures were put in place during 2020 to ease voting access during a pandemic, and we’re very glad it’s staying that way. Rhode Island used to be one of the most difficult states to vote by mail, but with this law the process will be accessible to all voters. The Governor signed the law on June 8, 2022.

RepresentUs leads bipartisan coalition to protect North Dakota

May 24th 2022Initiative Petition (Defensive)

In North Dakota, RepresentUs led a bipartisan coalition that defeated a measure to both institute a single-subject requirement for constitutional amendment measures and increase the voter approval threshold for them to 60% from the current simple majority. The coalition included the ND Farmers Union, the ND Democratic Party, the Badass Grandmas (a local group of senior progressive women), the Fairness Project, and the League of Women Voters. The coalition’s efforts led to dozens of letters to the editor, talk radio appearances, and engagement with grassroots community groups that helped build support against the measure.

Statewide Anti-Corruption Amendment Passes in North Dakota

November 6th 2018

The voters of North Dakota approved Measure 1, the Anti-Corruption Amendment, after a powerful grassroots campaign led by the “badass grandmas” of North Dakotans for Public Integrity. Represent North Dakota members led the creation of the Amendment and founded the successful campaign to pass it.

Measure 1 increases transparency, roots out conflicts of interest, restricts lobbyist gifts, bans foreign money from elections, prevents personal use of campaign money, closes the revolving door from public official to lobbyist, and holds public officials accountable to the people.

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Fargo Passes Measure to Enact Approval Voting

November 6th 2018Municipal ballot measure

After a Governance and Elections Task force was commissioned to study election methods, the city commission refused to allow proposals to come to a public vote. So the people of Fargo took matters into their own hands, collecting signatures to place approval voting on the ballot in 2018. It eventually won almost 2:1 in favor.

RCV is back in Burlington

May 20th 2022Legislation

Residents of the city will now once again use RCV to elect their City Council representatives. In 2019, progressive councilors began to resurface the issue but were repeatedly stopped by Democrat-led votes, leading Councilor Jack Hanson (P-East District) to lead a ballot initiative reinstating RCV in City Council elections. Ballot question 4 was approved by 64.4% of voters on March 2, 2021 and then had to receive legislative authorization – which was finalized May 20, 2022 after Gov. Phil Scott allowed H-744 to become law without his signature. In a letter to the legislature, he reiterated his position against RCV but acknowledged the political tides have changed.

sources: SevenDaysVT; Burlington City election results

Vermont Passes Universal Vote-By-Mail

July 16th 2021Law

Vermont has now joined a growing list of states with universal vote-by-mail! Thanks to a new bill passed by state lawmakers, every eligible Vermont voter will receive a mail-in ballot for all general elections starting in 2022. This common-sense law will undoubtedly increase voter participation and strengthen Vermont’s democracy. 

The new law received tripartisan support in the legislature before being signed by Republican Governor Phil Scott — providing the nation with a shining example of what can happen when lawmakers put country over party.

Grassroots coalition defends ballot measure process

May 13th 2022Legislation (defense)

Missouri faced multiple legislative attempts to attack the ballot measure process, and particularly initiatives, during 2022, but HJR79 got the furthest. If passed, it would have required a state amendment to the constitution to garner 2/3 majority voter support for passage. Currently, only a majority is needed. During a lobby day, state partners mobilized over 100 people to oppose the bill. The state coalition also mobilized hundreds of calls and emails over the final 48 hours of the campaign. On May 11, the bill was successfully filibustered on the floor, with grassroots opposition to the bill being cited as an important factor.

St. Louis Implements Nonpartisan Elections

November 3rd 2020Municipal Ballot Measure

In November 2020, STL voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition D with 68% of the vote. Proposition D implements nonpartisan municipal elections in St. Louis City for the offices of mayor, comptroller, president of the board of aldermen, and aldermanic seats, including an approval voting primary and a top-two general election runoff. This municipal ballot measure helps ensure that election winners have a broad base of support — and a mandate to govern — by eliminating vote-splitting and spoiler effects.

Missouri Voters Pass Anti-Corruption and Anti-Gerrymandering Amendment 1

November 6th 2018

RepresentUs members joined the Clean Missouri coalition to inform voters, phone bank, knock on doors, and get out the vote. And because of all that hard work, Missourians passed tough anti-corruption reforms that gives power back to the voters!

Amendment 1:

  • Eliminates almost all lobbyist gifts in the General Assembly
  • Requires that legislative records be open to the public
  • Stops the revolving door, requiring politicians to wait two years before becoming lobbyists
  • Ends partisan gerrymandering
  • Lowers campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates

Lobbyists tried to kick the Amendment off the ballot and prevent us from passing it. But thanks to our movement it stayed on the ballot and won.

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Austin Votes to Pass RCV for Use in Municipal Elections

May 1st 2021Municipal Ballot Measure

Even though state law is currently interpreted to block RCV from being implemented, Austinites were presented with several reforms to upgrade the city’s democratic processes and wanted RCV to be part of that. Now the law is on the books and ready to be implemented as soon as state law enables it.

Students at a University in Texas Call out Corruption

February 3rd 2015Local Non-binding Resolution

A non-binding resolution was passed at Sam Houston University, endorsed by the Student Government Association. This resolution called for the restoration of ordinary Americans as the most important stakeholders in government instead of major donors, mentioning that the majority of the nearly $6 billion spent in the 2012 elections came from big special interest donors.

This resolution was sent to multiple administrative members in the school system, including the Dean of Students. It stipulated that SHSU must demonstrate policies that increase transparency within public spending and campaign funding. A great representation of students taking part in our grassroots movement!

New Jersey Passes Legislation to Institute a Permanent Early Voting System


New Jersey passed legislation to institute a permanent early voting system, including ballot drop boxes. Many voters face barriers to voting on Election Day, including conflicting work or family responsibilities. This was especially pronounced during the early days of the pandemic. Early voting and ballot dropboxes provides greater flexibility and convenience for these voters.

New Jersey Passes Statewide Law to End Dark Money

June 17th 2019Campaign Finance Reform

Victory for transparency! New Jersey passed a statewide law to end dark money that was signed into law by Governor Murphy.

Represent New Jersey leaders David Goodman and Susan Colby built a massive bipartisan coalition and passed local anti-corruption resolutions across the state. Their efforts ultimately led to reforming campaign finance disclosure laws for the entire state of New Jersey—proof that we can fix our broken political system, one state at a time.

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Unanimous Vote: NJ Campaign Refinance Bill

January 23rd 2019Unanimous Committee Vote

Riding their grassroots momentum, the Represent New Jersey team has done it again! This time, they testified for a bill that cracks down on committees that secretly fund campaigns. As a result, the bill passed unanimously 12-0, and will now move forward to to the full Senate for a final vote. Amazing work from one of the longest-standing RepresentUs chapters.

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Alaskan Voters Pass Suite of “Gold-Standard” Anti-Corruption Reforms

November 17th 2020Ballot Measure

Over half of Alaskan voters are not affiliated with either major party, but independent voters are locked out of primary elections. Measure 2 in AK included three commonsense reforms: it ends dark money, creates a single unified primary open to voters of all political parties, and empowers voters to rank candidates in order of preference.

In a very close election, Measure 2 passed with 50.55% of voters saying yes. A “yes” vote made changes to Alaska’s election policies, including: (1) requiring persons and entities that contribute more than $2,000 to disclose the true sources (as defined in law) of the political contributions; (2) replacing partisan primaries with open top-four primaries for state executive, state legislative, and congressional offices; and (3) establishing Ranked Choice Voting for general elections — including the presidential election.

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Statewide Anti-Corruption Act Passed in Alaska

July 19th 2018

Alaska just proved that the people can pressure politicians to pass strong anti-corruption reforms. After a grassroots coalition led by RepresentUs members in Alaska collected more than 45,000 signatures in support of an Anti-Corruption Act, the Alaska legislature caved and passed HB 44, a bill based on the Act.

The new law cracks down on lobbyist gifts, conflicts of interest, and taxpayer-funded foreign travel.

Learn more about the win in Alaska and what’s in HB 44.

Volunteers Pass Sweeping Ethics Reform in Naples, FL

August 18th 2020City Charter Amendment

In 2018, Represent Southwest Florida worked with Ethics Naples to put an ethics measure on the ballot in Naples, Florida. When the City Council sued to try and keep the initiative off the ballot, Represent Southwest Florida and Ethics Naples fought back and won the lawsuit.

In August of 2020, the measure passed with over 62% of the vote. This measure amends the city’s charter to establish an independent ethics commission and an ethics office to set minimum requirements for the city’s ethics code.

Cocoa, Florida City Council Unanimously Approves Anti-Corruption Resolution

July 27th 2016

Volunteers with our Represent the Space Coast chapter passed the first Anti-Corruption Resolution in the Sunshine State. The Cocoa City Council unanimously approved the resolution proclaiming the city’s ongoing support for transparency, impartial decision-making, integrity, and accountability at every level of government.

Miami-Dade County, Florida Passes Transparency Measure

May 17th 2016

A county-wide transparency measure calling for greater transparency has passed in Miami-Dade! The legislation, passing 7-to-1, requires transparency regarding from all candidates for local office and lowers the campaign donation threshold.

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Easthampton Passes Ranked Choice Voting

November 5th 2019

On election day 2019, Easthampton, MA residents voted approve Ranked Choice Voting. RCV will be used in future Easthampton elections for Mayor and District City Councilor. RCV reduces costs, encourages more independent and third-party candidates to compete, and gives voters more choice and more voice. Bringing RCV to Easthampton could help pave the way for the system’s use statewide, a move that could reach Massachusetts voters as early as the 2020 ballot thanks to Voter Choice Massachusetts

Article Passes in New Salem, Massachusetts

June 25th 2019Resolution

Western Massachusetts does it again! The City Council members of New Salem passed article 41 which focuses their efforts on limiting the influence of money in their political sphere and committing to voice these desires to their state officials directly. Three cheers for New Salem!

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Unanimous Decision in Ashfield, Massachusetts

May 4th 2019Resolution

Ashfield citizens voted unanimously for an article that supports transparency in campaign financing, pushing for automatic voter registration, and ending gerrymandering. Ashfield is burning bright!

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New York City Passes Ranked Choice Voting

November 5th 2019

On election day 2019, New Yorkers approved Ranked Choice Voting, effectively tripling the number of Americans who can use RCV in upcoming elections. This marks the largest campaign in U.S. history to use RCV. Voters in NYC approved the system for primary and special elections in citywide and council races. Local chapter Represent NYC joined a coalition of New Yorkers to pass this game-changing election reform after months of work from local leaders, volunteers and democracy reform groups like FairVote and Common Cause New York.

New Yorkers Improve Local Innovative Public Campaign Financing Program

November 6th 2018

With the support of RepresentUs members in New York, Question 1 was given the green light by the voters to strengthen the city’s matching public campaign financing system and tighten campaign contribution limits.

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The Pennsylvania General Assembly Passes SB421

November 1st 2019

A huge win for the reform movement! The Pennsylvania General Assembly just passed SB421, a bill that would enable voting at home, more time to register to vote, and funding for election security and voting machines that produce a paper trail. Governor Tom Wolf signed the bill into effect on Thursday, October 31, 2019. The amendments were actively proposed and supported by Represent Pennsylvania and our allies March on Harrisburg, Common Cause, League of Women Voters, UUPLAN and others.

West Chester, Pennsylvania Joins the fight!

March 20th 2019Resolution

The West Chester Borough Council showed their support to the basic tenets of the American Anti Corruption Act (AACA), and urged lawmakers to act on laws dealing with state campaign financing, fighting lobbyist influence, thwarting foreign intervention, fighting gerrymandering, and protecting voter rights. West Chester is putting power back in the hands of the people!

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Nescopeck Township Passes 14th Anti-Corruption Resolution in Pennsylvania

April 20th 2018

Corruption is officially no longer safe in Pennsylvania, as RepresentUs members celebrate their 7th resolution of 2018. On April 20th, Nescopeck Township passed a resolution in support of the American Anti-Corruption Act, and is now the 14th PA legislative body to do so. Way to go Represent Pennsylvania!

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Memphis Defends Ranked Choice Voting from City Council Sabotage

November 6th 2018

Voters in Memphis stopped the City Council from overturning voter-approved instant runoff voting (also known as ranked choice voting).

Voters passed instant runoff voting in 2008, but politicians tried to repeal it by putting deliberately confusing questions on the ballot. RepresentUs members joined Save IRV Memphis to push back and successfully defended the law.

Now the politicians know: we meant it when we passed it, and we’re not backing down.

Learn more about the Memphis ballot measures here.

Baltimore, Maryland Passes Public Financing

November 6th 2018

This year, Baltimore City, Maryland voters took the latest leap forward when they authorized the creation of a fund to provide for public campaign financing for city candidates, as well as the creation of a commission to oversee the public financing program. 

Learn more here.

New Mexico Approves Creation of an Independent Ethics Commission

November 6th 2018

Prior to election day, New Mexico was one of only 7 states without an ethics commission. Not any more! Voters approved Amendment 2 after a successful campaign supported by members of Represent New Mexico.

Learn more here.

Bridgeport, Connecticut Passes CT's 1st Anti-Corruption Resolution

June 4th 2018

The coalition Bridgeport United Against Corruption has passed Connecticut’s first anti-corruption resolution! The City Council passed the resolution with a majority vote. This is a big win as Bridgeport is Connecticut’s largest city. This volunteer-led initiative was postponed several times before coming to a final successful vote. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, real change is coming to CT!

Ohio Passes a Law to Fight Gerrymandering

May 8th 2018

On May 8th, Ohio voters passed a law that will fight gerrymandering in congressional districts. Issue 1 passed with a whopping 74.85% of the vote and is the first of five total statewide campaigns to fight gerrymandering this year. Learn more about the win in Ohio and upcoming gerrymandering campaigns here.

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Yancey County, North Carolina Adopts Two Anti-Corruption Resolutions

November 13th 2017

On November 14th, our Represent Burnsville team worked with the Yancey County Commission to adopt two anti-corruption resolutions. 1) In favor of an independent [redistricting] commission to comply with required redistricting, and 2) support enforcement of existing Anti-corruption laws and campaign finance reform. Bravo to our members in North Carolina!

Burnsville, North Carolina Passes Two Comprehensive Reform Resolutions

June 26th 2017

]Our newly formed Burnsville Chapter celebrated two victories on June 26th, 2017. The Burnsville town council unanimously voted in favor of a comprehensive anti-gerrymandering resolution as well as a campaign refinance resolution. The people of North Carolina are working together across the aisle to make their voices heard, ensure their votes are respected, and that the government represents the people. Congratulations!

Carrboro, North Carolina City Council Unanimously Passes Anti-Corruption Resolution

April 18th 2017

Congratulations to Represent Triangle for its first win in North Carolina on April 18, 2017! This group passed a resolution unanimously through city council, which called for the passage of new, tough anti-corruption laws in the state and promised to pass legislation in the town of Carrboro that would promote transparency and reform the broken systems of campaign finance and government ethics.

South Dakota Passes First Statewide Anti-Corruption Act

November 8th 2016

In 2016, voters in South Dakota made history by passing America’s first statewide Anti-Corruption Act. People of all political backgrounds supported the South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act, a measure that will increase transparency and accountability and empower voters across the state.

In 2017, establishment politicians repealed it. Represent South Dakota members mounted another campaign and got Amendment W, the Voter Protection and Anti-Corruption Amendment, on the ballot for the 2018 election to close the loopholes and protect the people’s ballot initiative process.

Despite incredibly hard work by our Represent South Dakota chapter, lobbying groups spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a campaign to misinform voters and ultimately prevailed. Represent South Dakota is getting re-organized and preparing for the next round of the fight. Learn more about our 2018 fight here.