Pages tagged "Districts and representation"


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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Noncompetitive Congressional Elections Raise Concerns About Fair Representation

Posted on What's New by Kelsey Kober on September 23, 2016
Noncompetitive Congressional Elections Raise Concerns About Fair Representation

The act of selecting leaders is vital to a democracy. However, in 34 Congressional districts in 2016, voters won’t be making a choice. These 34 districts are held by incumbents who faced no opposition in their party’s primary and no major party competition in the general election.

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FairVote Legal Staff Promote Fair Representation Voting in Law Review Issue Celebrating Voting Rights Act

Posted on What's New by Chris Hughes on August 24, 2016
FairVote Legal Staff Promote Fair Representation Voting in Law Review Issue Celebrating Voting Rights Act

Last year was the 50th Anniversary of the March on Selma and the passage of the seminal Voting Rights Act of 1965, which changed the course of minority voting power in American politics, and just last week celebrated its 51st Anniversary. To honor that legacy, the Cumberland Law Review at the Stamford School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama dedicated an issue of its most recent volume to the history, impact, and future of the VRA, to which FairVote contributed an article about adopting ranked choice voting in multi-winner districts for Congress.

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This Congressional Race Helps Show What’s Wrong with American Elections

Posted on What's New by Ethan Fitzgerald on June 30, 2016
This Congressional Race Helps Show What’s Wrong with American Elections

In addition to forcing different groups of voters to compete for the scarce representation they are afforded by this system, the way we elect Congress is also plagued by issues such as plurality winners, turnout gaps, vote-splitting, single-party dominance, and incumbency advantages. All of these were on display in the District 13 primary, and all of these contribute to making Congress so dysfunctional.

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President Obama Describes the Need for Structural Electoral Reform in NPR Interview

Posted on What's New by Elliot Louthen on December 23, 2015
President Obama Describes the Need for Structural Electoral Reform in NPR Interview

President Barack Obama’s year-end interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep touched on a range of subjects--most notably a structural flaw in the way we elect the House of Representatives.

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The Paradox of Fairness and Competition in Virginia Redistricting

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose on October 16, 2015
The Paradox of Fairness and Competition in Virginia Redistricting

The most recent scuffle over congressional redistricting in Virginia illustrates how poor a job single-winner districts do at achieving meaningful elections with fair results. With single-winner districts, we get results that may or may not be fair, may or may not be competitive, and result in a paradox under which they cannot be both fair and competitive.

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FairVote Proposes Solutions to Florida's Congressional Redistricting Dilemma in 2014

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie on August 07, 2014

Florida is facing an electoral quandary as two of its congressional districts have been found to violate the state constitution, and the legislature is redrawing the maps as November elections loom. The legislature does not want to use the new map in 2014, but FairVote's analysis outlines two plans that could resolve the crisis. The better of these plans would also improve the representation of Florida voters in the process.

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