Pages tagged "Districts and representation"


FairVote Releases Dubious Democracy 2016

Posted on What's New by Author Johnathan Nowakowski on May 01, 2017
FairVote Releases Dubious Democracy 2016

Last week, we released our Dubious Democracy 2016 dataset on U.S. House elections. The story that the 2016 election data tells is damning. Like past elections, the 2016 U.S. House elections proved to be incredibly uncompetitive. As demonstrated in FairVote’s most recent Monopoly Politics report, multiple metrics reveal that inequality and a dearth of competition continues to plague congressional elections.

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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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The Most Important Thing John Oliver Said About Gerrymandering, and the Solution He Forgot to Mention

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on April 11, 2017
The Most Important Thing John Oliver Said About Gerrymandering, and the Solution He Forgot to Mention

On HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver tackled an issue that many consider the most pressing threat to our democracy: gerrymandering. The most important part of the segment came, however, when Oliver acknowledged that the root of the problem is not the folks who draw the lines, but our winner-take-all system of elections.

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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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