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FairVote US House Projects: Monopoly Politics Remains the Right Name

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie, Drew Penrose on October 19, 2017
Our '18 House Projections: Monopoly Politics Remains in Place

FairVote has projected the partisan results of the next elections to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the results show a shocking lack of competition or fair representation.

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Video: Top voting reform experts discuss Monopoly Politics and the Fair Representation Act

Posted on Quick News by Myeisha Boyd on September 29, 2017
Video: Top voting reform experts discuss Monopoly Politics and the Fair Representation Act

FairVote released our Monopoly Politics report, an in depth analysis of U.S. House elections, along with a report on the Fair Representation Act.

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Trio of Powerhouse Analysts Highlight FairVote Reform Vision: Ornstein, Dionne, Mann

Posted on What's New by Rich Robinson on September 26, 2017
Trio of Powerhouse Analysts Highlight FairVote Reform Vision: Ornstein, Dionne, Mann

While the first half of the book focuses on their concern about Donald Trump, the authors devote the latter half on suggested changes like Ranked Choice Voting.

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How to Bring Accountability Back to the House of Representatives

Posted on What's New by Theodore Landsman, Marie Lemieux on September 07, 2017
How to Bring Accountability Back to the House of Representatives

We are still more than a year away from the 2018 election. With both parties still regrouping in the aftermath of 2016, and deeply divided, it is an open question what the major issues, messages and scandals will be. However, there is one thing we can already say with near certainty. The number of seats won by each party's candidates will not track the number of votes they received.

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Shifts in Incumbency Advantage in the US House

Posted on What's New by Theodore Landsman on April 25, 2017
Shifts in Incumbency Advantage in the US House

Despite strong anti-establishment sentiment, which contributed to Donald Trump’s election and Bernie Sanders’ strong primary performance, more than 98% of U.S. House members won re-election in November. Not only were most incumbents re-elected, they were re-elected by significantly more comfortable margins than in 2014. The “incumbency bump” -- our measure of the strength of congressional incumbents -- rebounded from a 20-year low of 2.55% in 2014 to 3.2%. In other words, incumbents earned an average of 3.2 percentage points more of the vote than the partisanship of their district suggests they would earn.

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FairVote's Projections for U.S. House Elections in 2018

Posted on What's New by Theodore Landsman on April 07, 2017
FairVote's Projections for U.S. House Elections in 2018

Last month, FairVote released its projections for the November 2018 U.S. House elections that will take place nearly two years from now. If every current incumbent (excluding the five members of the 115th Congress who have already vacated their seats) were to seek re-election, we can confidently project that at least 368 of them, 205 Republicans and 163 Democrats would win.

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The Impact of Money in the 2014 U.S. House Elections

Posted on What's New by Rachel Swack, Maya Efrati on March 22, 2017
The Impact of Money in the 2014 U.S. House Elections

In 2010, the Supreme Court overturned the ban on corporate election spending in the landmark Citizens United case. As a majority of the justices considered political spending to be a form of free speech, corporations were free to ‘speak’, with the goal to persuade the voting public, through political contributions. Since then, the amount of money spent in elections has grown drastically, and the source of that money has become a key concern for many Americans. Many have become to wonder, with so much money involved, could our elections simply be ‘bought’?

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Why 2016 was a Stronger Year for Incumbents

Posted on What's New by Sarah John on November 11, 2016
Why 2016 was a Stronger Year for Incumbents: Evaluating the Incumbency Advantage in U.S. House Races, 1996-2016

The 2016 U.S. House election was a better election for incumbents than 2014, and one in which the nation was split down the middle. The incumbency bump added eight points to the average incumbent’s margin of victory and only 12 seats (3%) of seats changed hands.

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Monopoly Politics Projections for 2016 US House Election 100% Accurate

Posted on What's New by Sarah John on November 11, 2016
Monopoly Politics Projections for 2016 US House Election 100% Accurate

In what many might have been assumed to be an unpredictable election, FairVote was able to project the outcomes of over 80% of U.S. House seats with 100% accuracy two years ahead of Election Day 2016.

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How Fair Voting Can Transform Illinois Elections

Posted on What's New by Michelle C. Whittaker on February 10, 2016
How Fair Voting Can Transform Illinois Elections

If we want politics to reflect our better selves, Illinois leaders need to stop playing politics with district lines and give voters the freedom to choose candidates that best represent their voice no matter where they live.

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