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No Vote on Fair Districts in Illinois

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose on November 08, 2016
No Vote on Fair Districts in Illinois

The polls have closed in Illinois, and, when it comes to the Illinois state legislature, it has been another election in which the politicians chose their voters, and not the other way around. Although Illinois may not be able to adopt independent redistricting, there is another solution, rooted in Illinois' history.

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FairVote's Predictions for Close U.S. House Races

Posted on What's New Theodore Landsman on November 08, 2016
FairVote's Predictions for Close U.S. House Races

For all but a few of these voters, the outcomes of U.S. House races are all-but predetermined. FairVote projects that the Democrats are certain win 158 seats, and Republicans 195, the remaining 82 races are less certain, but only a handful are truly competitive. Our full forecast is 192 seats for the Democrats, 243 seats for the Republicans.

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Votes vs. Seats in the People's House

Posted on What's New Rob Richie, Drew Penrose on November 08, 2016
Votes vs. Seats in the People's House

Tonight, we can say with confidence that Republicans will maintain their majority in the House of Representatives, whether they win more votes or not. In addition, there will likely be multiple states in which more voters vote for one party, yet the other party wins more seats.

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Congressional Upheaval and Monopoly Politics

Posted on What's New Theodore Landsman on October 19, 2016
Congressional Upheaval and Monopoly Politics

FairVote’s model of U.S. House of Representatives elections shows that House elections are so uncompetitive and skewed that it is unlikely that even a Clinton landslide would deliver Democrats the House.

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Noncompetitive Congressional Elections Raise Concerns About Fair Representation

Posted on What's New Kelsey Kober on September 23, 2016
Noncompetitive Congressional Elections Raise Concerns About Fair Representation

The act of selecting leaders is vital to a democracy. However, in 34 Congressional districts in 2016, voters won’t be making a choice. These 34 districts are held by incumbents who faced no opposition in their party’s primary and no major party competition in the general election.

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FairVote Legal Staff Promote Fair Representation Voting in Law Review Issue Celebrating Voting Rights Act

Posted on What's New Chris Hughes on August 24, 2016
FairVote Legal Staff Promote Fair Representation Voting in Law Review Issue Celebrating Voting Rights Act

Last year was the 50th Anniversary of the March on Selma and the passage of the seminal Voting Rights Act of 1965, which changed the course of minority voting power in American politics, and just last week celebrated its 51st Anniversary. To honor that legacy, the Cumberland Law Review at the Stamford School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama dedicated an issue of its most recent volume to the history, impact, and future of the VRA, to which FairVote contributed an article about adopting ranked choice voting in multi-winner districts for Congress.

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This Congressional Race Helps Show What’s Wrong with American Elections

Posted on What's New Ethan Fitzgerald on June 30, 2016
This Congressional Race Helps Show What’s Wrong with American Elections

In addition to forcing different groups of voters to compete for the scarce representation they are afforded by this system, the way we elect Congress is also plagued by issues such as plurality winners, turnout gaps, vote-splitting, single-party dominance, and incumbency advantages. All of these were on display in the District 13 primary, and all of these contribute to making Congress so dysfunctional.

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Tri-State Agreement To Curb Gerrymandering

Posted on What's New Elliot Louthen on February 25, 2016
Tri-State Agreement To Curb Gerrymandering

Three states have introduced laws that demonstrate the need for reform, and the potency of state legislation to help move this conversation forward. Democratic state legislators in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia each introduced companion bills to reform redistricting for their congressional elections.

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Groundbreaking Maryland Legislation Seeks to End Congressional Gerrymandering with Fair Representation

Posted on What's New Austin Plier, Rob Richie on February 11, 2016
Groundbreaking Maryland Legislation Seeks to End Congressional Gerrymandering with Fair Representation

Across the nation, Americans are frustrated with divisive politics and elections in which they feel as though their voice goes unheard. However, states are laboratories of democracy, and we now have an exciting new approach to reform--one that promises to kick-start a conversation about how to fix congressional elections and initiate change in the states.

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How Fair Voting Can Transform Illinois Elections

Posted on What's New 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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