Pages tagged "Author patrick withers"


Redistricting Reform in the States: June 2010

Posted on Research Reports Patrick Withers, Billy Organek on February 03, 2011

FairVote's most recent review of redistricting reform in the states in 2009-2010 presents a mix of optimism and frustration for supporters of redistricting in the public interest rather than in the best interest of the political duopoly.

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California's Proposition 14: Democracy Enhanced or Denied?

Posted on What's New Patrick Withers on August 05, 2010

Does California's Prop 14 live up to its goal of enhancing California elections?  No, says FairVote.  However, there are easy fixes to make California election law more open and representative.

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California's Proposition 14: Weaknesses and Remedies

Posted on Research Reports Patrick Withers on August 05, 2010

FairVote analyzes the policy and legal ramifications of Proposition 14 (The "Top Two Primaries Act") In California and gives recommendations of ways to roll back some of its worst effects by statute.

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Colorado, the GOP, and IRV

Posted on What's New Patrick Withers on July 26, 2010

One major political party in Colorado sees first hand the weaknesses of our current electoral system.  Will they also see the solution?

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The November Illinois Senate Election and the Value of Voting

Posted on What's New Patrick Withers on July 14, 2010

 Illinois voters will vote twice this November for US Senate, one to fill the seat for six years and one to sill the seat for a matter of weeks.  What does this admittedly bizzare situation have to teach us about the value of democracy?

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Redistricting Reform in the States: June 2010

FairVote's most recent review of redistricting reform in the states in 2009-2010 presents a mix of optimism and frustration for supporters of redistricting in the public interest rather than in the best interest of the political duopoly.

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Drawn Into the Fray: Thinking Outside the Single Member District Box

Posted on What's New Patrick Withers on June 23, 2010

Since the foundation of our democracy, gerrymandering, or the strategic drawing of districts to somehow bias the electoral result, has been an important, albeit nefarious, component of American politics.  It is common, especially in census years, for voters to rail against politicians on both sides of the aisle for using gerrymandering to secure their own party's power.  While there is plenty of blame to go around, perhaps there is a larger problem lying underneath the surface.  Perhaps the problem lies in the creation of single-member districts itself.

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Low Turnout, Voter Fatigue, and Patchwork Primaries

Posted on What's New Patrick Withers on June 10, 2010

Do marathon election seasons make for the best democracy possible?  Voter turnout statistics seem to suggest no.

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