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Persistence of partisan gerrymandering suggests it’s time for a new approach

Posted on What's New by David O'brien on October 02, 2017
 Persistence of partisan gerrymandering suggests it’s time for a new approach

Gill v. Whitford has brought public attention to the threat partisan gerrymandering poses to our democracy.

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New poll: Everybody hates gerrymandering

Posted on What's New by Author Dave Daley on September 12, 2017
New poll: Everybody Hates Gerrymandering

One thing that unites GOP and Dems: Everybody hates gerrymandering

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FairVote Files Amicus In Whitford Case Challenging Partisan Gerrymandering

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose on September 06, 2017
FairVote Files Amicus In Whitford Case Challenging Partisan Gerrymandering

Our brief describes how partisan gerrymandering undermines the vision of representative democracy in the United States.

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Santa Fe Voters File Lawsuit in Support of Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on What's New by Author Maria Perez on August 30, 2017
Santa Fe Voters File Lawsuit in Support of Ranked Choice Voting

Santa Fe voters took action by filing a lawsuit asking the state Supreme Court of New Mexico to order the use of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in Santa Fe’s municipal elections next March.

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Amherst Likely to Vote on Charter Commission Recommendations that include Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on What's New by Myeisha Boyd on August 07, 2017
Amherst Likely to Vote on Charter Commission Recommendations that include Ranked Choice Voting

In 2016, a Charter Commission in Amherst (MA) was approved by a majority with 60% voters in favor. The commission is proposing elections be held with ranked choice voting (RCV). The task of the Charter Commission is to study Amherst government and recommend changes within two years. After a 16 month study, the Charter Commission recommended replacing Town Meeting with a town council, among other recommendations. Charter Commission Chairman Andy Churchill said the proposal would call for 13 town councilors, three at large and two each will become five wards instead of the current 10 precincts. Churchill wrote, “We believe the result is a set of recommendations that reflect the varied interests of our residents.”

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A Strong Argument for Multi-Member Districts & Ranked Choice Voting in Georgia

Posted on What's New by Madeline Brown on July 25, 2017
A Strong Argument for Multi-Member Districts & Ranked Choice Voting in Georgia

On June 20, in a special election for Georgia’s 6th house district Karen Handel defeated Jon Ossoff, ending a campaign that had started almost the moment the 2016 campaign had ended. The whole country seemed to be paying attention to the first big contested race in the Trump era, which was portrayed as a precursor to 2018 congressional elections. In the end, the race was negative and grueling--with one of the final ads associating Ossoff with an “unhinged left” that endorsed the shooting of Representative Steve Scalise. But it didn’t have to be.

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Closing the American Democracy Voter Engagement Gap Using Innovation

Posted on What's New by Marie Lemieux on July 21, 2017
Closing the American Democracy Voter Engagement Gap Using Innovation

As the Pence-Kobach commission begins in the heart of the nation’s capital, Americans’ trust in their democracy is at an all-time low and has been declining in the past decade. As of May 2017, only a fifth of the American population believed “they can trust the government in Washington to do what is right”. This bleary statistic both translates and is caused by a lack of engagement in the democratic process, as American citizens slowly stop engaging in institutions that do not seek to represent or include them. This is why states and non-partisan organizations throughout the country, like FairVote, are finding ways to engage voters in American democracy to restore their trust in the electoral system.

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The Fair Representation Act: How to Make Congress All-Partisan

Posted on What's New by Myeisha Boyd on July 20, 2017
The Fair Representation Act: How to Make Congress All-Partisan

Our Democracy is fundamentally broken by a dangerous new era of fierce partisan divisions. The current system leaves many voters voiceless in the political process and depresses voter participation. We are left with a partisan division that may be hard to fix - but, it’s not impossible.

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The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Asian American and Pacific Islander Voting Rights and Representation

The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Asian American and Pacific Islander Voting Rights and Representation

While Asian American and Pacific Islanders (API) may be the smallest community in many jurisdictions, it is still the fastest growing and most diverse demographic in the country. API voters and their preferred candidates are particularly underrepresented by our current winner-take-all rules.

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The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Latino Voting Rights and Representation in the Southwest

The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Latino Voting Rights and Representation in the Southwest

With the upcoming launch of the Fair Representation Act, legislation in Congress to end winner-take-all elections, we examine the state of representation of people of color in the current Congress and how it might change with enactment of the Act. This installment looks at the impact on Latino representation in five states in the American Southwest, where more than half of Latino Americans live.

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