Posted by Michelle C. Whittaker on May 05, 2016
It's been a big week in American politics. You can keep up with the latest analysis at www.fairvote.org, but I wanted to make sure you saw some of the great press for FairVote's reform vision this week. As more and more journalists, editorial boards, and supporters add their voices to the conversation about how to improve our democracy, we come closer to achieving our goals.
Check out some of the best pieces from this past week:
- Kristin Eberhardt of Sightline advocates for replacing Oregon and Washington's winner-take-all system to give voice to more voters.
- The Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board highlights FairVote's Top Four primary proposal with ranked choice voting as a way to improve primary elections.
- Nobel laureates Eric Maskin and Amartya Sen writes about the value of upholding majority rule in primary elections with a form of ranked choice voting in a New York Times Oped.
- Advocate John E. Palmer writes in support of structural changes to open up our politics to third party voters in the Independent Voter Network.
- Lori Sturdevant writes how ranked choice voting would have impacted the fractured nature of the GOP primary race in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
- Michael Golden, author of Unlock Congress, writes about the merits FairVote’s fair representation plan for Congress in Roll Call.
- The Washington Post Editorial Board cites FairVote's voter turnout analysis in today's lead editorial piece.
- Scott Sterling advocates for ranked choice voting (also known as instant runoff voting) in Alaska in the Anchorage Press.
Finally, we were very excited by the great reception our fair representation proposal for Congress received at our Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill on April 22nd with Representative Don Beyer's office. That morning, our Board Chair Krist Novoselic spoke with C-SPAN about the proposal and other FairVote reforms, which I hope you have a chance to watch.
If you would like to write a letter to the editor advocating for FairVote's reform vision, let us know! We're here to help. FairVote reforms are also making progress in states. You can visit our website where we highlight bills in state legislatures across the country.
Communications Director, FairVote