Posted on February 15, 2017
The Fair Representation Act report, to be released soon, will outline how multi-winner ranked choice voting would transform the U.S. House of Representatives.
The House of Representatives, created to be "the people's house" has become ineffective, unrepresentative, and unaccountable. Partisan polarization stifles practical legislation, skewed results divorce voters from their representatives, and the lack of competition means too many voices go unheard in elections.
We show that a U.S. House elected under the Fair Representation Act would look very different:
- Meaningful elections. By electing candidates proportionally from multi-winner districts with at least three seats each, fair representation voting would allow every voter to elect someone from the major party they support. And, more of each party's "big tent" would have the opportunity to support - and even elect - a candidate in the general election.
- Accurate Representation. Because election results with fair representation voting would be proportional within each district, the skewed outcomes of our current system would be a thing of the past. Voters that are now shut-out, like Republicans in Massachusetts or Democrats in Oklahoma, would win their fair share of representation. In every state, the number of seats earned by each party would align far more closely to their share of the vote.
- A fair shot for moderates and independents. With proportional outcomes and a wider variety of candidates advancing to the general election, fair representation voting would reduce the outsized influence of partisan primary voters and empower the far larger and more representative electorate that participates in general elections. Like other groups, moderates would be empowered by the Fair Representation Act to win their fair share of representation.
Explore the Impact of the Fair Representation Act
Compare competition levels, likely partisan outcomes, and minority representation under five different district plans:
- Fair Representation Act multi-winner districts (Fairvote.org)
- Autoredistrict's single-winner districts, created according to an algorithm following strict criteria (Autoredistrict.org)
- BDistricting's single-winner districts, created to optimize compactness and equal population (Bdistricting.org)
- The actual single-winner districts drawn after the 2010 Census (CY 2010 Actual)
- The actual single-winner districts drawn after the 2000 Census (CY 2000 Actual)
The Fair Representation Act in Your State
Click on your state to find out how the Fair Representation Act could transform representation in your state.