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- Posted: April 23, 2012
- Author(s): Rob Richie, Sheahan Virgin
- Categories: Presidential Elections, Research & Analysis, Home, Presidential Nominations Reform
As the 2012 Republican nomination contest effectively ends, FairVote reviews how the Republican Party's new nomination rules improved the process and proposes how to make both major parties can make it better in 2016.
- Posted: April 13, 2012
- Categories: National Popular Vote, Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Home
Winner-take-all elections box voters into simplistic red and blue divisions that poorly reflect our diversity of views. They turn most state legislative and congressional elections into "no-choice" contests. Only a handful of swing states will get attention from presidential candidates.To take on winner-take-all, FairVote backs forms of proportional representation for electing legislatures and a national popular vote for president instead of state-based winner-take-all rules.* Most robust democracies use proportional representation, NOT winner-take-all. See more here.* FairVote Chair Emeritus John Anderson's new op-ed in Chicago Tribune on cumulative voting* FairVote's resources on a national popular vote for president
- Posted: March 22, 2012
- Author(s): Sheahan Virgin
- Categories: Congressional Elections, Redistricting, Home, Cumulative Voting
Recently, pundit Michael Barone argued in The National Review that redistricting in 2011 has turned out to “matter less than we thought.” But Barone is mistaken, overly concerned about redistricting’s impact on each major party rather its effect on voters already trapped within a troubling winner-take-all framework. Furthermore, Barone is wrong to say that partisan redistricting in 2011 has produced “clean” lines. It has not. With our unique take on redistricting and focus on voters, not political parties, FairVote sets the record straight in its rebuttle to Barone.
With the presidential nomination season in full swing, FairVote has commentary and analysis that looks at the primary process through different lenses and proposes reforms to make them more representative, grounded in our belief that winner-take-all rules exclude voters.
FairVote: Media Gets it Wrong on Winner-Take-All
Seattle Times commentary based on Paul vs. Paul analysis
U.S. News: Rob Richie advocates for a national primary
Six Takes on the Republican Nomination Contest
Remember Young People in Maryland’s Primary
Voting Rights Lessons from Puerto Rico’s Primary
The Republican presidential primary in Puerto Rico is a reminder of the lack of federal voting rights for Puerto Ricans and all U.S. citizens living in U.S. territories. Although citizens, they will be unable to vote in the general election for president and Congress.
- Posted: March 15, 2012
- Author(s): Sheahan Virgin, Lindsey Needham, Fair Voting Plans, Rob Richie
- Categories: Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Redistricting, Home, Monopoly Politics 2012 Map
Lawmakers in Missouri have recently passed a congressional redistricting plan that gives Republican candidates a strong advantage in 6 of 8 seats and protects nearly all incumbents. There's a better way--fair voting systems in multi-seat "super-districts." Read the latest in our fair voting plan series.
- Posted: March 8, 2012
- Author(s): Lindsey Needham
- Categories: Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Home, FairVote, Elections Worldwide
Today, March 8th, is International Women's Day! As we honor the accomplishments of women all over the world, FairVote takes a moment to investigate the lack of women in political office. What can we do to increase women's representation?
- Posted: March 8, 2012
- Author(s): HÃ¼seyin Koyuncu, Sheahan Virgin, Arab Spring Series
- Categories: Middle East and Africa, Home, Elections Worldwide
After previously explaining the hybrid election system recently used by Egypt in its parliamentary elections, we here analyze how use of winner-take-all elections for many seats distorted fair representation of political views and women. Seats elected by proportional representation provided far more representative results.