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Political theorist: Proportional representation will fight division by factionalism

Political theorist: Proportional representation will fight division by factionalism

In a column for the Washington Post, Danielle Allen, a Harvard University political theorist, argues that we must fight off outside attacks on our democracy as a people.

Allen notes during the 2016 campaign and beyond, Russian efforts to divide Americans were an an attack on all of us and have been an effective tool for weakening our union and our democracy.

She writes to combat this attack and fix our wounded politics, we as a nation should be thinking about institutional changes and specifically mentions ranked choice voting and multi-member districts -- as offered in the Fair Representation Act -- that would shield us from factionalism.

“If we wish to restore peace among us, we have to go back to Madison’s basic question. How do we build institutions that can ward off the threat of faction? We actually need to rethink our system of representation, perhaps adopting measures such as multi-member districts and ranked-choice voting to broaden representation. We can no longer rely on geography to take us halfway to the solution...”

Read Allen’s column here.

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