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Likely Changes in US House Seat Distribution for 2020

Posted by Theodore Landsman on December 30, 2016
Likely Changes in US House Seat Distribution for 2020

Last week, Real Clear Politics extrapolated demographic trends to project which states are likely to gain or lose U.S. House seats in the reapportionment that will occur after the 2020 Census. Their forecast has nine states losing one U.S. House seat and six states gaining seats. These are only projections, but given that we are now six years into the decade, many of the demographic shifts of the decade are already well advanced and difficult to reverse.

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The Promise of Wisconsin's Gerrymandering Lawsuit - And Its Limits

Posted by Drew Penrose on December 16, 2016
The Promise of Wisconsin's Gerrymandering Lawsuit - And Its Limits

Two days before Thanksgiving 2016, a three-judge panel struck down partisan gerrymandering as unconstitutional in a challenge to Wisconsin’s state legislative redistricting plan. If the Court sides with the plaintiffs and strikes down partisan gerrymandering, it will be important – but it will not be as world-changing as some are claiming.

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New Lessons from Problems with Approval Voting in Practice

Posted by Rob Richie on December 14, 2016

Ranked choice voting (RCV, also called instant runoff voting) is a proven way to open up elections to give voters more voice and greater choice. Yet there is a persistent group of online critics who espouse other voting methods and attribute to them a range of untested virtues. Our concerns focus on viability and workability.

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The Violence of Faction: Partisanship Hardens in 2016

Posted by Drew Penrose on December 05, 2016
The Violence of Faction: Partisanship Hardens in 2016

A hallmark of American democracy is that we vote for candidates and not parties. As voters, we pride ourselves on supporting the best candidates, irrespective of their political party affiliations. This “crossover voting” or “ticket splitting” - voting for nominees of different political parties for different offices - is dying.

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Ferguson-Florissant School Board Elections Improve with the Voting Rights Act

Posted by Maya Efrati, Drew Penrose on December 01, 2016
Ferguson-Florissant School Board Elections Improve with the Voting Rights Act

After a successful case brought under the Voting Rights Act, the Ferguson-Florissant School Board now joins the more than 200 jurisdictions in the United States which elect their officers using fair representation voting. By giving voters cumulative voting rights, the families of the Ferguson-Florissant School District will have a stronger voice in the education system for their community.

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