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Supreme Court Takes Up Two Gerrymandering Cases for October Term

Posted by Chris Hughes on June 28, 2016

The Supreme Court yesterday took up a case challenging North Carolina lawmakers' use of race while redrawing the state's congressional districts in 2011. The case, McCrory v. Harris, is an appeal by the state challenging a lower court finding that two districts were illegally packed with black voters. It joins another racial redistricting case already on the court's docket out of Virginia.

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AP Analysis Shows Representation Gap for People of Color in Illinois

Posted by Austin Plier on June 27, 2016

From a voting method perspective, Illinois is particularly interesting, as the state used to elect its legislature using a form of fair representation voting called "cumulative voting" for over 100 years. Given the Illinois state legislature's gridlock and the underrepresentation of racial minority groups in the state, a return to fair representation voting is greatly needed.

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Divided America Article Shows the Need for Fair Representation

Posted by Ben Fogarty on June 17, 2016
Divided America Article Shows the Need for Fair Representation

As a part of its ongoing Divided America series, the Associated Press released a story about how the demographics of America’s legislatures do not match the demographics of its people. In this piece, Alfonso Lopez - the only Latino state lawmaker in Virginia - discusses how having a state legislature that under-represents Virginia’s Latino community makes it more difficult for the state’s government to adequately address problems facing the Latino community.

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Today Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin Made History... 97 Year Ago

Posted by Michelle C. Whittaker on June 10, 2016

This year marks the 96th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. In 1920, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin were the first three states to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Check out Representation2020's #SummerOfSuffrage series that will highlight when states ratified the Amendment and state rankings on the gender parity index.

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Ontario Municipalities Now Have the Option to Use Ranked Ballots

Posted by Austin Plier on June 09, 2016

On Tuesday, Ontario passed legislation that allows municipalities to used ranked ballots (more commonly known as "ranked choice voting" in the United States) for elections beginning in 2018. Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin stated that policymakers "listened to the calls from voters to ensure that rules for municipal elections reflect the real and evolving needs of our communities."

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May 24th Launch of First Congressional Voting Rights Caucus

Posted by Grace Ramsey on May 26, 2016

Tuesday marked the launch of the first Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. The caucus held a press conference outside the Capitol, led by Co-Chairs Representative Marc Veasey (TX-33) and Representative Terri Sewell (AL-7) announcing the formation of the caucus and the policy goals it hopes to advance.

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