Lani Guinier: Champion of Democracy

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Lani Guinier is a 2017 Democracy Champion award winner for her lifetime achievement. Professor Guinier’s commitment to fair representation and voting rights started in the 1970's, when she served in the civil rights division of the Department of Justice. 

In 1993, Professor Guinier was nominated to head the civil rights division of the Department of Justice. Opponents mischaracterized her writings, leading to President Bill Clinton withdrawing the nomination. FairVote was a prominent voice explaining her fair, democratic vision of democracy, such as in this 1993 article, and we have been reform allies ever since. See Professor Guinier's book Lift Every Voice and these links to examples of her scholarly and popular writing about fair representation electoral systems such as ranked choice voting and cumulative voting. 

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