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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In his latest article to CapX, Jim Pagels correctly identifies first-past-the-post voting systems as the core cause of plurality winners like Donald Trump in GOP primaries. He recommends alternative voting, also called ranked choice voting, to facilitate a majority winner and allow the party to consolidate around a consensus candidate with broad support.Read More
Rob Richie recommends taking Electoral College predictions with a grain of salt.Read More
Kristin Eberhard of Sightline Institute writes that ranked choice voting would help solve many of the woes in this year's presidential primary races. In particular, she contends it would help remedy the lack of civility that has been displayed this primary cycle.Read More