Pages tagged "Fair voting/proportional representation"


Cambridge, Massachusetts Elections a Model for America

Posted on What's New by Andrew Douglas on November 01, 2013

Cambridge, Massachusetts will elect a new City Council and School Committee on Tuesday through one of the nation's only ranked choice multi-seat electoral systems.  The system has unique advantages that lead to fairer and more representative outcomes for the city's voters.

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Proportional Representation in Trinidad and Tobago

Posted on What's New by Matt Dewilde on October 17, 2013

Trinidad and Tobago has always elected its legislature using a winner-take-all system, but a new bill is bringing proportional representation to the island nation. 

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Blame It on Winner-Take-All: Why Our Outdated Voting Rules Cause Congressional Crises

Posted on What's New on October 08, 2013

The United States Congress has careened into a government shutdown, and everybody wants to find someone to blame. But in the accusatory frenzy, they're missing the real culprit: the voting rules that drive the political behavior of Congress.

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Ranked Choice Voting Vs. Block Voting: The Effects of Electoral Structure in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Posted on What's New by Andrew Douglas on October 04, 2013

Ballot data from November's Cambridge City Council election can be used to simulate a vote using block voting, the most common method for the election of city councils in the United States.  The results illustrate the value of the Cambridge system for ensuring fair representation of political and ethnic minority groups.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts Voters Elect City Council and School Committee Using Ranked Choice Voting and Multi-Member Districts

Posted on What's New by Andrew Douglas on October 04, 2013

Voters in Cambridge, Massachusetts elected a new city government earlier this month, using ranked choice voting in multi-member districts as they have in every municipal election since 1941. This year's contest provides another illustration of the advantages of this system, including fair representation of minorities, reduced negative campaigning, and greater voter satisfaction.

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Republican Food Stamp Defectors Driven by Partisanship

Posted on What's New on September 20, 2013

Another contentious House vote; another outcome determined by the partisanship of congressional districts. 

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Ranked Choice Voting and Australia's Upcoming Elections: A Primer

Posted on What's New by Andrew Douglas on August 30, 2013

In September 7th's Australian national election, ranked choice voting will allow voters to choose from a wide range of electoral options while eliminating concerns over "spoilers" and wasted votes.

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Zimbabwe: Fairer Election Methods, but Trouble at the Polls

Posted on What's New by Andrew Douglas, Matt Sommerfeld on August 19, 2013

The addition of proportionally allocated seats in Zimbabwe's parliament is a positive development, but one that has been overshadowed by concerns over the legitimacy of recent elections.

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Multi-Member Districts Help New Hampshire Elect All the Women it Wants

Posted on What's New by Devin Mccarthy on August 09, 2013

In New Hampshire's large multi-member districts, voters have the ability to vote for gender parity - and they do. 

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Moderates Nearly Extinct in the U.S. House

Posted on What's New by Andrew Douglas on August 07, 2013

While many Americans describe themselves as ideological moderates, centrists have become increasingly rare in the House of Representatives, where their decline has contributed to congressional dysfunction and polarization.  The pace of the decline of House moderates over the last forty years has been remarkable.

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