This Congressional Race Helps Show What’s Wrong with American Elections

Posted by Ethan Fitzgerald on June 30, 2016
This Congressional Race Helps Show What’s Wrong with American Elections

In addition to forcing different groups of voters to compete for the scarce representation they are afforded by this system, the way we elect Congress is also plagued by issues such as plurality winners, turnout gaps, vote-splitting, single-party dominance, and incumbency advantages. All of these were on display in the District 13 primary, and all of these contribute to making Congress so dysfunctional.

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Meet the Team: Rachel Swack

Posted by Rachel Swack on June 30, 2016
Meet the Team: Rachel Swack

As a second year politics major with a double minor in history and gender, sexuality, and feminist studies at Oberlin College, I have a deep interest in the intersection of politics and the needs of marginalized people.

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Meet the Team: Miles Dortch

Posted by Miles Dortch on June 29, 2016
Meet the Team: Miles Dortch

As an Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) intern for the General Board of Churches Society, I was placed here at FairVote in the communications department which tailors to my interests in messaging, branding, and capturing the goals of an organization with graphic design.

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Meet The Team: Harry Leeser

Posted by Harry Leeser on June 20, 2016
Meet the Team: Harry Leeser

My name is Harry, and I’m a rising junior at Swarthmore College, where I am majoring in political science and minoring in English. I chose to intern at FairVote this summer mostly because of my long standing interest in electoral reform.

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Meet The Team: Lily Westergaard

Posted by Lily Westergaard on June 20, 2016
Meet The Team: Lily Westergaard

I am a rising 2L at Columbia Law School in New York City, originally from Beaufort, South Carolina. I attended Georgetown University for undergrad, studying Government and Psychology. During my time at Georgetown, I developed a fascination with the many ways in which the law and politics intersect.

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Meet The Team: Liz Zack

Posted by Liz Zack on June 15, 2016
Meet The Team: Liz Zack

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Indiana University. Most sociologists become faculty at colleges and universities, where they teach and conduct fascinating and useful research. However, I knew even before applying to graduate school that I wanted to conduct rigorous research outside of academia, in an applied, political setting.

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California's 2016 Top Two Primary Results at a Glance

Posted by Rob Richie, Ethan Fitzgerald, Peter Jarka-sellers on June 10, 2016
California's 2016 Top Two Primary Results at a Glance

The 2016 primary marked the third election cycle of statewide races when California employed the “Top Two” method, in which candidates from all parties for State Assembly, State Senate, US House, and this year, Barbara Boxer’s open US Senate seat, appeared on the same ballot. FairVote will be providing more extensive analysis of this unique system’s outcomes in the coming weeks, but we wanted to share a few key findings now.

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