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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The Salt Lake Tribune writes that one out of every six Utah legislative candidates is running unopposed and can already declare victory, nearly eight months in advance of the elections on November 8th, 2016. The culprit? Single-winner districts.Read More
Maryland's House of Delegates passed a “universal” voter registration bill on Monday, just two weeks after Vermont's House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that would automatically register Vermonters that applied for a driver's license.Read More
Ranked choice voting has been an important part of the national conversation this week, particularly as a way to improve the GOP presidential primary process. Click to read pieces from The Economist, Bloomberg News, and Fortune Magazine, among others.Read More