Write a Letter

Now is the perfect time to make your voice heard in support of fair representation voting. You can use the brief talking points below as a starting point for writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. We also have some sample LTEs from the past for your reference.

Letter: Maps aren't the only problem with voting 

The Virginian-Pilot, Mar 31, 2016 

Re “Redistricting maps will be sketchy as long as politicians do the drawing” (Roger Chesley column, March 26): Chesley shows how manipulative politicians and political parties can be in their quest for legislative power. The battle over gerrymandered districts makes clear the need for change in Virginia.

It’s not enough to support independent commissions. As Chesley notes, commissions “wouldn’t entirely remove politics from the equation.” They are a remedy for a symptom and won’t fix Virginia’s single-winner congressional districts with winner-take-all voting.

Commissions still produce districts that are noncompetitive or do not fairly represent the voters on multiple levels. (Look at California, where Democrats maintain lopsided majorities after moving to independent commissions.) Commissions cannot guarantee competitive elections, partisan fairness or accountability.

Virginians can have representative democracy through multi-winner districts and ranked-choice voting. By allowing more than one voice to represent citizens in a district, single-party monopolies would be broken up. With ranked-choice voting, every voter participates in a competitive, meaningful election, and partisan outcomes would be based on the will of the voters, not manipulated district lines.

While we take the power to draw districts out of the hands of politicians, we shouldn’t forget to empower voters with fair representation voting.


Letter: The GOP's Edge in House Elections

New York Times, Sept. 7, 2014

The Upshot article highlights how the geographical concentration of the Democratic base in urban areas creates a significant Republican bias in House elections. It suggests that this bias will exist as long as current demographic trends persist. However, there is a structural solution to the partisan bias prevalent in House elections: Congress needs to eliminate single-member districts.

Our winner-take-all system often leaves large contingencies in single-member districts (on both sides of the political spectrum) without an elected official representing their beliefs. This is not representative democracy.

The solution is a fair representation voting system — promoted by the nonpartisan electoral reform group FairVote — that replaces our current system with multi-member districts. With multiple seats, voters could elect candidates in proportion to their preferred party’s strength in the electorate.

The candidate-based campaigning synonymous with the American political tradition would still thrive; however, “the People’s House” would more accurately represent the will of voters.


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