When you combine single-member districts into bigger multi-member districts, the picture starts to look quite different. The beauty of multi-member districts is that they allow us to use what FairVote calls “fair representation voting.”
...Imagine if Netroots Democrats or Tea Party Republicans made an impact not by launching primary challenges but by setting up shop as separate political entities. Instead of dragging the major parties to the left or to the right, they’d be able to compete with them on a level playing field. It’d be a bit like the startup world, where venture-backed entrepreneurs routinely take on entrenched incumbents.
—Reihan Salam, executive editor of the National Review
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by Ben Fogarty
As a part of its ongoing Divided America series, the Associated Press released a story about how the demographics of America’s legislatures do not match the demographics of its people. In this piece, Alfonso Lopez - the only Latino state lawmaker in Virginia - discusses how having a state legislature that under-represents Virginia’s Latino community makes it more difficult for the state’s government to adequately address problems facing the Latino community.Read More
This year marks the 96th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. In 1920, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin were the first three states to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Check out Representation2020's #SummerOfSuffrage series that will highlight when states ratified the Amendment and state rankings on the gender parity index.Read More
by Austin Plier
On Tuesday, Ontario passed legislation that allows municipalities to used ranked ballots (more commonly known as "ranked choice voting" in the United States) for elections beginning in 2018. Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin stated that policymakers "listened to the calls from voters to ensure that rules for municipal elections reflect the real and evolving needs of our communities."Read More