Pages tagged "Districts and representation"


Gerrymandering and its Effect on Fair Representation

Posted on What's New by Author Lane Baldwin on February 22, 2017
Gerrymandering and its Effect on Fair Representation

In their recent report, the Campaign Legal Center documents the effect that gerrymandering can have on election results.

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Likely Changes in US House Seat Distribution for 2020

Posted on What's New by Theodore Landsman on December 30, 2016
Likely Changes in US House Seat Distribution for 2020

Last week, Real Clear Politics extrapolated demographic trends to project which states are likely to gain or lose U.S. House seats in the reapportionment that will occur after the 2020 Census. Their forecast has nine states losing one U.S. House seat and six states gaining seats. These are only projections, but given that we are now six years into the decade, many of the demographic shifts of the decade are already well advanced and difficult to reverse.

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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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Gerrymandering Pays Off in Wisconsin

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose on November 08, 2016
Gerrymandering Pays Off in Wisconsin

Results are coming in from Wisconsin, and they demonstrate how much Wisconsin stands as an example of the unfair partisan skew in congressional and legislative elections. This may help make the case for a lawsuit working its way through federal court, arguing that Wisconsin's gerrymandered districts violate the U.S. Constitution.

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North Carolina: When the Seats Don’t Reflect the Votes

Posted on What's New by Maya Efrati on November 08, 2016
North Carolina: When the Seats Don’t Reflect the Votes

Results in North Carolina show the extent of the state’s unfair partisan gerrymandering in congressional and legislative elections. Such e distortions and battles have serious consequences both for the quality of North Carolinians representation and electoral integrity.

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No Vote on Fair Districts in Illinois

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose on November 08, 2016
No Vote on Fair Districts in Illinois

The polls have closed in Illinois, and, when it comes to the Illinois state legislature, it has been another election in which the politicians chose their voters, and not the other way around. Although Illinois may not be able to adopt independent redistricting, there is another solution, rooted in Illinois' history.

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FairVote's Predictions for Close U.S. House Races

Posted on What's New by Theodore Landsman on November 08, 2016
FairVote's Predictions for Close U.S. House Races

For all but a few of these voters, the outcomes of U.S. House races are all-but predetermined. FairVote projects that the Democrats are certain win 158 seats, and Republicans 195, the remaining 82 races are less certain, but only a handful are truly competitive. Our full forecast is 192 seats for the Democrats, 243 seats for the Republicans.

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Votes vs. Seats in the People's House

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie, Drew Penrose on November 08, 2016
Votes vs. Seats in the People's House

Tonight, we can say with confidence that Republicans will maintain their majority in the House of Representatives, whether they win more votes or not. In addition, there will likely be multiple states in which more voters vote for one party, yet the other party wins more seats.

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Congressional Upheaval and Monopoly Politics

Posted on What's New by Theodore Landsman on October 19, 2016
Congressional Upheaval and Monopoly Politics

FairVote’s model of U.S. House of Representatives elections shows that House elections are so uncompetitive and skewed that it is unlikely that even a Clinton landslide would deliver Democrats the House.

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