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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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Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act Introduced

Posted on Quick News by Maya Efrati, Drew Penrose on June 22, 2017
Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act Introduced

In 2013, the Supreme Court nullified a much-needed part of the VRA in Shelby County v. Holder. Today, the Voting Rights Advancement Act was reintroduced in Congress. The bill would restore Section 5 of the VRA, establishing a new formula for determining which states would be covered.

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The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: African American Voting Rights and Representation in the Deep South

The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: African American Voting Rights and Representation in the Deep South

With the upcoming launch of the Fair Representation Act, legislation in Congress to change winner-take-all elections, in the coming week we will examine the state of representation of people of color in the current Congress and how it might change with enactment of the Fair Representation Act. We will start with a focus on African Americans in the South – the region of the country where most African Americans live.

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Announces Her Retirement

Posted on Quick News by Drew Penrose on May 02, 2017
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Announces Her Retirement

On May 1st, Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced her retirement. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen is one of only a few remaining cross-over representatives: she represents the most partisan Democratic district represented by a Republican.

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An Important New Book on Election Reform

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose on April 19, 2017
An Important New Book on Election Reform

Changing How America Votes, edited by Todd Donovan, includes 13 innovative ideas about how to assess our democracy and make elections in the United States better. FairVote’s reform vision is well-represented in the collection, including a chapter making the case for the Fair Representation Act for Congress.

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Faithless Electors Fizzle, But Leave Uncertainty

Posted on Quick News by Drew Penrose on December 21, 2016
Faithless Electors Fizzle, But Leave Uncertainty

On December 19th, each state's electors met and cast their votes for President and Vice President. This year 10 electors attempted to vote for someone else. This is the largest number of "faithless electors" for president in history. But like every other example of electors deviating from their party's nominee, it went off with a fizzle, changing nothing.

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The Promise of Wisconsin's Gerrymandering Lawsuit - And Its Limits

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose on December 16, 2016
The Promise of Wisconsin's Gerrymandering Lawsuit - And Its Limits

Two days before Thanksgiving 2016, a three-judge panel struck down partisan gerrymandering as unconstitutional in a challenge to Wisconsin’s state legislative redistricting plan. If the Court sides with the plaintiffs and strikes down partisan gerrymandering, it will be important – but it will not be as world-changing as some are claiming.

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The Violence of Faction: Partisanship Hardens in 2016

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose on December 05, 2016
The Violence of Faction: Partisanship Hardens in 2016

A hallmark of American democracy is that we vote for candidates and not parties. As voters, we pride ourselves on supporting the best candidates, irrespective of their political party affiliations. This “crossover voting” or “ticket splitting” - voting for nominees of different political parties for different offices - is dying.

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"Strengthening Democracy in Canada" - The Special Committee's Report Released

Posted on Quick News by Drew Penrose on December 02, 2016

In August, 2016, we highlighted our testimony to Canada's Special Committee on Electoral Reform. Yesterday, that committee released its report, which recommends that Canada adopt proportional representation, as well as a number of other pro-voter democratic changes.

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Ferguson-Florissant School Board Elections Improve with the Voting Rights Act

Posted on What's New by Maya Efrati, Drew Penrose on December 01, 2016
Ferguson-Florissant School Board Elections Improve with the Voting Rights Act

After a successful case brought under the Voting Rights Act, the Ferguson-Florissant School Board now joins the more than 200 jurisdictions in the United States which elect their officers using fair representation voting. By giving voters cumulative voting rights, the families of the Ferguson-Florissant School District will have a stronger voice in the education system for their community.

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