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Pennsylvania and new report show an alternative path to end gerrymandering

Posted on What's New David O'brien on February 21, 2018
Pennsylvania and new report show an alternative path to end gerrymandering

As Pennsylvania shows, state-focused reform is possible but it won’t be easy

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Recounts, reversals, and ties in Virginia’s 94th District

Posted on What's New David O'brien on December 21, 2017
Recounts, reversals, and ties in Virginia’s 94th District

A tied election for a seat in Virginia's state House of Delegates will come down to winner's name being pulled from a hat... and it could tip the balance of power in the Commonwealth.

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Atlanta’s recount turned out about how you would expect (given the data)

Posted on Quick News David O'brien on December 18, 2017
Atlanta’s recount turned out about how you would expect (given the data)

After the recount, Mary Norwood had cut Keisha Lance Bottoms’ lead by only 11 votes.

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Why a recount won’t elect Roy Moore

Posted on What's New David O'brien on December 14, 2017
Why a recount won’t elect Roy Moore

This week Democrat Doug Jones upset Republican Roy Moore to win Alabama’s special election for the U.S. Senate. Moore, however, has not yet conceded and has indicated that he may seek a recount.

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The other court fight over gerrymandering

Posted on What's New David O'brien on November 21, 2017
The other court fight over gerrymandering

There's another fight over gerrymandering in a crucial swing state.

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Connecticut Continues Tradition of Minority Party Representation in 2017

Posted on Quick News David O'brien on November 09, 2017
Connecticut Continues Tradition of Minority Party Representation in 2017

On Tuesday, voters across Connecticut went to the polls to vote to elect their local governments. Seventy-eight municipal councils and boards across the state are elected using a form of fair representation voting.

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A report from inside the Supreme Court hearing on partisan gerrymandering and meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger

Posted on What's New David O'brien on October 04, 2017
A report from inside the Supreme Court hearing on partisan gerrymandering and meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger

David O'Brien was at the Supreme Court yesterday and heard arguments for Gill v. Whitford, a constitutional challenge to Wisconsin’s state legislative districts.

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Persistence of partisan gerrymandering suggests it’s time for a new approach

Posted on What's New David O'brien on October 02, 2017
 Persistence of partisan gerrymandering suggests it’s time for a new approach

Gill v. Whitford has brought public attention to the threat partisan gerrymandering poses to our democracy.

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The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Asian American and Pacific Islander Voting Rights and Representation

The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Asian American and Pacific Islander Voting Rights and Representation

While Asian American and Pacific Islanders (API) may be the smallest community in many jurisdictions, it is still the fastest growing and most diverse demographic in the country. API voters and their preferred candidates are particularly underrepresented by our current winner-take-all rules.

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The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Latino Voting Rights and Representation in the Southwest

The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Latino Voting Rights and Representation in the Southwest

With the upcoming launch of the Fair Representation Act, legislation in Congress to end winner-take-all elections, we examine the state of representation of people of color in the current Congress and how it might change with enactment of the Act. This installment looks at the impact on Latino representation in five states in the American Southwest, where more than half of Latino Americans live.

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