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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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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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The Fair Representation Act has been introduced to Congress

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose on June 29, 2017
The Fair Representation Act Has Just Been Introduced to Congress

On June 26, 2017, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) introduced H.R. 3057: The Fair Representation Act. He was joined by co-sponsors Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Ro Khanna (D-CA). This is a historic moment. The Fair Representation Act is the most comprehensive approach to reforming congressional elections in United States history. It would truly realize the vision of the House of Representatives as “The People’s House.”

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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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The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: African American Voting Rights and Representation in the Deep South

Posted on What's New by Rob Richie, Drew Penrose, David O'brien on June 20, 2017
The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: African American Voting Rights and Representation in the Deep South

With the upcoming launch of the Fair Representation Act, legislation in Congress to change winner-take-all elections, in the coming week we will examine the state of representation of people of color in the current Congress and how it might change with enactment of the Fair Representation Act. We will start with a focus on African Americans in the South – the region of the country where most African Americans live.

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Local Elections in Texas Demonstrate the Power - and Limits - of Cumulative Voting Rights

Posted on What's New by Maya Efrati on May 19, 2017
Local Elections in Texas Demonstrate the Power - and Limits - of Cumulative Voting Rights

On May 6th, voters in more than 50 Texas jurisdictions went to the polls to elect local representatives with cumulative voting rights. Cumulative voting, a form of fair representation voting, has been successful in empowering racial and ethnic minority voters in Texas, but this year’s election demonstrated its limitations as well.

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Sam Wang on the simple math test that might slay the partisan gerrymander: “The more complex the standard, the more the more ways there are to poke holes in it”

Posted on What's New by David Daley on May 11, 2017
Sam Wang on the simple math test that might slay the partisan gerrymander: “The more complex the standard, the more the more ways there are to poke holes in it”

Sam Wang has used a combination of computer simulations and simple math tests to help reveal the partisan intent behind the post-2010 redistricting.

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FairVote Releases Dubious Democracy 2016

Posted on What's New by Author Johnathan Nowakowski on May 01, 2017
FairVote Releases Dubious Democracy 2016

Last week, we released our Dubious Democracy 2016 dataset on U.S. House elections. The story that the 2016 election data tells is damning. Like past elections, the 2016 U.S. House elections proved to be incredibly uncompetitive. As demonstrated in FairVote’s most recent Monopoly Politics report, multiple metrics reveal that inequality and a dearth of competition continues to plague congressional elections.

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An Important New Book on Election Reform

Posted on What's New by Drew Penrose on April 19, 2017
An Important New Book on Election Reform

Changing How America Votes, edited by Todd Donovan, includes 13 innovative ideas about how to assess our democracy and make elections in the United States better. FairVote’s reform vision is well-represented in the collection, including a chapter making the case for the Fair Representation Act for Congress.

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The Most Important Thing John Oliver Said About Gerrymandering, and the Solution He Forgot to Mention

Posted on What's New by Austin Plier on April 11, 2017
The Most Important Thing John Oliver Said About Gerrymandering, and the Solution He Forgot to Mention

On HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver tackled an issue that many consider the most pressing threat to our democracy: gerrymandering. The most important part of the segment came, however, when Oliver acknowledged that the root of the problem is not the folks who draw the lines, but our winner-take-all system of elections.

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