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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Federal judge Richard W. Story has struck down Georgia's petition requirement for independent and unqualified parties. As explained by Richard Winger, the ruling holds the promise to be a huge breakthrough for fair ballot access.Read More
FairVote's tracking of the national popular vote totals in this year's presidential primaries is garnering attention, including being featured yesterday in Polifact. See our latest numbers after the Wisconsin primary, including more than 640,000 cast for candidates after they withdrew.Read More
A recent profile by Bloomberg Politics uses data from the U.S. Census survey to track why Americans don't vote. While the results vary by state, common issues cited are difficulty registering, health issues, and travel on the day of the election.Read More