Ethan Fitzgerald

Outreach and Advocacy Specialist

Ethan Fitzgerald

Ethan Fitzgerald is a native New Yorker and graduated from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan in 2015. He has previously held internships at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the NYC Campaign Finance Board. He has also done organizing work with the Fund for the Public Interest and Barack Obama's 2012 campaign. He enjoys pizza, concerts, and the New York Yankees.

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Posts by Ethan Fitzgerald

Third Party Chances Are Slim Without Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on July 15, 2016

Without expanded use of ranked choice voting, third parties have little chance of gaining traction among the electorate. Even if they do, they run the risk of splitting the vote with ideologically similar parties, and allowing the party they agree with least to win. Reich is correct to point out that there are more than just two viewpoints in American politics and each deserves a seat at the table. But to ensure that every group has a real chance of winning representation, we need a level playing field for all perspectives.

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

Posted on June 30, 2016

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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