Pages tagged "Districts and representation"


Louisiana's New Voter Pre-Registration Law Features Automatic Registration

Posted on What's New by Rebecca Hellmich on July 11, 2014

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal in May signed a law establishing voting pre-registration for 16-year-olds. The law features an innovative "opt-out" approach to voter registration that will further boost registration and participation. Louisiana has a history of such innovative election policy.

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Did the California Citizens Redistricting Commission Really Create More Competitive Districts?

Posted on What's New on November 26, 2013

California's independent redistricting process ousted a lot of incumbents in 2012, but that competitiveness is unlikely to persist in 2014.

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Our South Carolina Independent Redistricting Plan Exposes the Problem of Winner-Take-All

Posted on What's New by Robert Fekete on July 26, 2013

Independent redistricting only makes marginal improvements to South Carolina's uncompetitive and distorted congressional elections. Fair representation voting is a better solution.

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California and the Limits of Independent Redistricting Commissions with Winner-Take-All

Posted on What's New on February 15, 2013

Independent redistricting continues to gain attention as the panacea for American congressional elections. But as the independent redistricting's performance in California shows, on its own it cannot resolve the most serious problems with our congressional elections. We need to combine independent redistricting with adoption of fair voting plans.

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It's Not Just Gerrymandering: Fixing House Elections Demands End of Winner-Take-All Rules

Posted on What's New on December 16, 2012

This year's elections put a spotlight on the troubled nature of how we elect the House of Representatives, the alleged "people's house." But some of our smartest election experts don't seem to understand the root of the problems with House elections.

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A Representative Congress: Enhancing African American Voting Rights in the South with Choice Voting

Posted on What's New on November 27, 2012

In southern states, racially polarized elections remain an active part of political life. Since 1965, the Voting Rights Act has guaranteed that African Americans in the South cannot be shut out of elections either through direct barriers to voting or through discriminatory districts that prevent the achievement of representation. However, relying on winner-take-all elections has inherent limitations. In the belt of southern states including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas, the use of districting to achieve a fairer level of representation for African Americans has hit a ceiling. To push through that ceiling and achieve truly fair representation, FairVote recommends abandoning the single-member district in favor of super districts elected by choice voting.

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Texas Congressional Redistricting: Beyond Last Week's Section 5 Ruling

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose on September 06, 2012

Texas has had problems with redistricting - yet again. Last week's federal court ruling that Texas's 2011 plans for congressional districts and state legislative districts had both the purpose and effect of further reducing the representation of Texas's already underrepresented racial minority populations is just the state's latest salvo in the redistricting wars. We show that there's another way: fair voting plans.

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Primaries Spotlight Sharp Decline in U.S. House Moderates

Posted on What's New by Sheahan Virgin on May 08, 2012

On April 24, two moderate Blue Dog Democrats, Tim Holden and Jason Altmire, lost in Pennsylvania's primary election. They are the latest examples of an accelerating  "no-more-moderates" trend within both major parties. But fair representation of the left, right and center is essential to the health of a democracy. Grounded in its unique the-rules-matter perspective, FairVote explores how winner-take-all voting rules today disadvantage candidates willing to seek bipartisan solutions to problems.

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Congressional Redistricting Matters, and It's Hurting This Country: a Response to Michael Barone

Posted on What's New by Sheahan Virgin on March 22, 2012

Recently, pundit Michael Barone argued in The National Review that redistricting in 2011 has turned out to “matter less than we thought.” But Barone is mistaken, overly concerned about redistricting’s impact on each major party rather its effect on voters already trapped within a troubling winner-take-all framework. Furthermore, Barone is wrong to say that partisan redistricting in 2011 has produced “clean” lines. It has not. With our unique take on redistricting and focus on voters, not political parties, FairVote sets the record straight in its rebuttle to Barone. 

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Happy 200th Birthday to the "Gerry-mander"

Posted on What's New by Tyler Sadonis on February 17, 2012

Saturday February 11, 2012 marked the 200th birthday of the "Gerry-mander." With 2012 redistricting plans taking shape, gerrymandering continues to be prevalent. FairVote advocates for an alternative reform to fundamentally change the way we draw district boundaries.

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