Posted on December 14, 2017
Fifty years ago today, Congress mandated a national system for states to to select candidates to the House of Representatives - one person elected per district. While well-intentioned, that system is directly linked to the nation’s gerrymandering crisis and many of the most serious problems in American democracy today.
In our latest video, FairVote’s Legal and Policy Director Drew Penrose describes the history, and explains how this system makes it possible for FairVote to project the partisan results of congressional elections years before anyone casts a single vote - including nearly nine in ten races this year and every race in more than half of the states.
Watch the video here.
It’s been a remarkable time for FairVote, its reforms and American democracy You’re invited to visit our our new “Voices and Choices” blog that's regularly providing news and analysis about electoral reform, with particular attention to ranked choice voting. Read about a big win for RCV in Santa Fe, the string of high turnout RCV elections in cities this year, Dave Daley's interviews on gerrymandering with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Congressman Rod Blum, our tribute to John Anderson, my take on social media and polarization, and much more.
Finally, we are humbled by how so many supporters are stepping up to give to FairVote as we come to the end of a big year and prepare for an even bigger one. Thank you!