May 20, 2013
May has been a big month for FairVote's work advancing a right to vote in the Constitution. In Congress, representatives Mark Pocan and Keith Ellison introduced bill for a right to vote amendment along lines that we have recommended, featuring quotes from FairVote in their news release.
Locally, our hometown of Takoma Park (MD) became the first to pass a resolution in support of a constitutional right to vote and is making concrete commitments to expand suffrage and boost turnout. One significant change: Takoma Park will become the first city in the United States to extend voting rights to residents after they turn 16.
May 1, 2013
Every two years, FairVote conducts a thorough analysis of congressional elections, pointing out problems and making predictions in U.S. House of Representatives districts in all 50 states, that we call Monopoly Politics. We recently released our first projections for the 2014 congressional elections, including publishing a downloadable spreadsheet with partisanship data for every congressional district in the country. Check out the media coverage of our 2014 projections, our Monopoly Politics 2012 report, and our resources on the fair voting solution.
April 10, 2013
FairVote regularly publishes op-eds, blogs and longer articles. Rob Richie and Andrea Levien will have an article on the National Popular Vote plan for president in the prestigious Presidential Studies Quarterly, Richie is coauthor of the 2013 edition of Every Vote Equal, and Richie and Drew Spencer have a new University of Richmond Law Review article on the case for choice voting as an alternative to winner-take-all elections in the United States.
June 7, 2013
The launch of the FairVote-NYUDialogues series on Democracy Next: Voices, Votes and Vision takes place on June 27th, 2013, with a forum featuring three current and former members of Congress. The topic of the forum is Beyond Polarization and Gerrymandering, with a focus on fair representation voting alternatives to winner-take-all elections. Following the forum, FairVote will celebrate 21 years of research and analysis in the effort to reform our electoral system to respect every vote and every voice. Subsequent summer forums will address the right to vote, presidential elections and women's representation.
May 14, 2013
U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) announced on May 13th that they will introduce legislation this week to explicitly guarantee the right to vote in the Constitution, while on a local level the city council of Takoma Park, Maryland, unanimously adopted a resolution in support of a right to vote in the Constitution and the creation of a task force to suggest ways to boost voter participation. Takoma Park also will become the first city in the United States to lower the voting age to 16.
April 26, 2013
As part of its biennial Monopoly Politics series on the overriding dominance of partisanship in controlling the outcomes of American congressional elections, FairVote today released its initial projections for its Monopoly Politics 2014 report. The report projects outcomes in 374 of 435 U.S. House elections in 2014 based on current incumbents seeking re-election. Of those 374 races, FairVote projects 211 to be won by Republicans and 163 to be won by Democrats.