“Partisans’ chief interest is in proving that the other party is despicable — in ramping up fear, hatred and the negative polarization that is the central feature of contemporary American politics…
The good news is that we don’t have to live with this system. There’s nothing in the Constitution that says there have to be only two parties. There’s nothing in the Constitution about parties at all. There’s not even anything in the Constitution mandating that each congressional district have only one member and be represented by one party. We could have a much fairer and better system with the passage of a law.
The way to do that is through multimember districts and ranked-choice voting.”
— David Brooks in “One Reform to Save America”
New York Times
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On July 14th, Congressional lawmakers introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2016, which would ensure that whenever a citizen interacts with the government, they are automatically registered to vote unless they choose to decline. FairVote is proud to be a long-time supporter automatic voter registration, and was the first national voting organization to originally support the reform.Read More
The American Association of People with Disabilities’ (AAPD) REV UP! campaign organized National Disability Voter Registration Week from July 11th-15th to raise awareness of barriers impacting the right to vote of people with disabilities and encourage them to register ahead of the upcoming election in November. The REV UP! Campaign and National Disability Voter Registration Week are new this year, and this week was selected as a lead-in to the annual celebration of the American Disabilities Act.Read More
Without expanded use of ranked choice voting, third parties have little chance of gaining traction among the electorate. Even if they do, they run the risk of splitting the vote with ideologically similar parties, and allowing the party they agree with least to win. Reich is correct to point out that there are more than just two viewpoints in American politics and each deserves a seat at the table. But to ensure that every group has a real chance of winning representation, we need a level playing field for all perspectives.Read More