Pages tagged "Fair voting/proportional representation"


Japan's Electoral Unfairness Goes Deeper than Malapportionment

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on April 05, 2013

Several of Japan's high courts have called the 2012 election unconstitutional because of malapportionment. But the continued use of winner-take-all elections is the deeper cause of Japan's distorted electoral outcomes.

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How to Guarantee Accountable Legislatures Under Choice Voting (Without Hurting Third Parties)

Posted on What's New by Devin Mccarthy on March 21, 2013

You don't have to sacrifice voter choice in order to guarantee accountable governments in a choice voting system - either in Malta or in the U.S. 

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Malta Elections Have 93% Turnout Using Choice Voting

Posted on What's New by Devin Mccarthy on March 14, 2013

Malta's ultra-high-turnout elections demonstrate some of the many benefits that the choice voting form of fair voting could bring to legislative elections in the United States.

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The Voting Rights Act, Jerome Gray and Fair Voting in Alabama

Posted on What's New on March 08, 2013

Among news coverage surrounding the upcoming landmark Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which will decide the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Jerome Gray has received partiuclar attention.. Gray has had a remarkable career as a community organizer, including helping to make sure fair voting systems were effective for African American voters.

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Scholars like Nathaniel Persily Shouldn't Count Out Fair Voting

Posted on What's New on March 05, 2013

Many election experts ignore fair voting reform solutions because they believe them to be politically infeasible. But the only way for fair voting to become achievable is for those who know about it to start talking about the positive impact it could have on American politics.

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Italian Elections Expose Non-Proportional and Ineffective Voting System

Posted on What's New by Sara Helmi on February 28, 2013

In the aftermath of Italy's general election on February 25-26, outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti asserted that "no country has such a bad electoral law as Italy." That may be an exaggeration, but there was plenty to be dissatisfied with in the election results.

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The Role of Fair Voting Systems in the Shelby County Case

Posted on What's New on February 21, 2013

On February 27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hold oral arguments in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, reviewing the constitutionality of Section 5 "preclearance" provisions of the Voting Rights Act. A largely overlooked part of the case is the fact that Section 5 was the reason that Calera, a growing city in Alabama's Shelby County just south of Birmingham, adopted one of the fair voting systems we recommend to uphold voting rights.

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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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Geography as a Failed Unit of Representation: Why Fifty States of Equal Population Is No Solution for Presidential Elections

Posted on What's New by Andrea Levien on February 15, 2013

The idea of electing the president with a creative alternative map of the United States in which every state has equal population has drawn sympathetic support from Atlantic writer Jim Fallows. But uneven population of states has little to do with what's broken in presidential elections, just as equal population congressional districts leave us with broken U.S. House elections. We must free ourselves from geographic boundaries and go to the real meaning of one-person, one-vote with the National Popular Vote plan for president and fair voting for Congress.

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When Barack Obama Was a Leader in Seeking Fair Voting Systems

Posted on What's New by Drew Spencer Penrose, Rob Richie on December 20, 2012

President Barack Obama has a lot on his mind these days, but the state of our democracy remains critical. Fortunately, judging by Obama's record in the Illinois Senate --where he was the prime sponsor of legislation to advance cumulative voting and instant runoff voting - we haven't had a president as informed about good ideas for taking on electoral reform since James Madison and the founding generation. 

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