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The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: African American Voting Rights and Representation in the Deep South

Posted by Rob Richie, Drew Penrose, David O'brien on June 20, 2017
The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: African American Voting Rights and Representation in the Deep South

With the upcoming launch of the Fair Representation Act, legislation in Congress to change winner-take-all elections, in the coming week we will examine the state of representation of people of color in the current Congress and how it might change with enactment of the Fair Representation Act. We will start with a focus on African Americans in the South – the region of the country where most African Americans live.

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Let's start talking about solutions: We need to push beyond our broken, polarized politics

Posted by Celina Stewart on June 16, 2017
Let's start talking about solutions: We need to push beyond our broken, polarized politics

This week, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot, and several others were injured, by an Illinois man who targeted 20 GOP lawmakers practicing for the annual Congressional baseball game. The shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, was shot by officers at the scene and later died, and described by friends and family as a frustrated critic of the Trump administration.

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Evaluating the Efficiency Gap as a Measure of Proportionality and Competition

Posted by Theodore Landsman on May 31, 2017
Evaluating the Efficiency Gap as a Measure of Proportionality and Competition

As legal director Drew Penrose discussed last December, one of the most important developments for electoral reform last year was a challenge to partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin -- a case that holds the promise to shake up unfair maps across the nation. FairVote hopes to contribute an amicus brief to the case that will discuss the potential of fair representation remedies. Here research analyst Theo Landsman steps back to review the idea of fair legislative elections through the lens of FairVote's support for fair representation as the long-term reform solution to breakdowns in our legislative elections.

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FairVote Releases Dubious Democracy 2016

Posted by Author Johnathan Nowakowski on May 01, 2017
FairVote Releases Dubious Democracy 2016

Last week, we released our Dubious Democracy 2016 dataset on U.S. House elections. The story that the 2016 election data tells is damning. Like past elections, the 2016 U.S. House elections proved to be incredibly uncompetitive. As demonstrated in FairVote’s most recent Monopoly Politics report, multiple metrics reveal that inequality and a dearth of competition continues to plague congressional elections.

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