Pages tagged "Fair voting/proportional representation"


Choice Voting vs. The Challengers: The Irish Convention on the Constitution Decides

Posted on What's New by Robert Fekete on August 07, 2013

The Irish Constitutional Convention was tasked with finding the best electoral system for Ireland, and all options were on the table. They decided to stick with the choice voting form of fair representation, with only 3 percent preferring U.S.-style single-member districts.   

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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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Rank the Vote: Comparing Voting in Ireland and the United States

Posted on What's New by Robert Fekete on June 24, 2013

Since 1919, Ireland has used a form of ranked choice voting for all its public elections. When the Irish think of voting, they think about ranking candidates in their order of preference. But here in the U.S., our conception of voting is usually just picking our one favorite candidate. FairVote examines the lessons we can learn from ranked choice voting in Ireland.

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Philippines Holds Elections Using Degree of Proportional Representation

Posted on What's New by Jonathan Gerstell on May 17, 2013

The Philippines, a former U.S. colony, held elections on Monday using a small degree of proportional representation that was recently expanded to include national parties by the Supreme Court.

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The Elizabeth Colbert-Busch Guide to Running in the Other Party's Safe Districts

Posted on What's New on May 08, 2013

A guide for anyone foolhardy enough to run for congress in a district that strongly favors the other party.

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How Districts Plus Has Worked for German Elections

Posted on What's New by Rebecca Franklin on May 03, 2013

Despite a recent constitutional controversy, Germany's mixed member proportional representation system of elections remains one of the most effective in the world.

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Winner-Take-All Elections Exacerbate Kenya's Ethnic Tensions

Posted on What's New by Andrew Douglas, Sara Helmi on May 02, 2013

Kenya's use of winner-take-all elections provides few incentives for inter-ethnic cooperation. Proportional representation could help bridge the country's ethnic divides.

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FairVote's Top Ten List: The Breakdown of Winner-Take-All Elections

Posted on What's New by Andrea Levien on April 26, 2013

These are the top ten indicators that winner-take-all has led to the breakdown of the American electoral system in both presidential and legislative elections.

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Taking on American Political Dysfunction without Changing the Constitution

Posted on What's New on April 23, 2013

In his draft paper on Political Dysfunction and Constitutional Change, University of California-Irvine professor Rick Hasen makes a powerful case for the need for out-of-the-box thinking on American political reform. But he also makes a curious omission: fair voting.

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Electoral Reform on the Move in Canada

Posted on What's New on April 16, 2013

From a poll showing widespread support for proportional representation to the Liberal Party leadership elections held using ranked choice voting to the growing movement for ranked choice voting in Toronto, things are looking up for electoral reform in Canada.

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