“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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In a high turnout election, voters in London, England, headed to the polls yesterday to choose their mayor and city legislature. The city uses a “supplementary vote” system, in which voters indicate their first and second choice for mayor. If no candidate wins a majority of voters’ first choices, an instant runoff between the two candidates with the most votes takes place.Read More
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have effectively wrapped up their nomination contests. A rundown of the votes it took to do so is revealing -- each has won the votes of about one in 20 eligible voters so far.Read More
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an automatic voter registration bill into law on Thursday, April 28th, making Vermont the fourth state to pass such a law. The bill could add up to 50,000 new voters to the rolls over the course of its first four years in effect. The bill was proposed by former FairVote employee Rep. Christopher Pearson, and received overwhelming all-partisan support in the Vermont Legislature.Read More