This Week's Reform Roundup

Posted by Austin Plier on May 12, 2016

Here is this week’s roundup of folks who have written about FairVote’s reform vision:

  • Michael Golden pivots to the value of FairVote's fair representation plan for Congress in his piece on voter turnout in the Huffington Post: "Of course, you can make the case that the shameful rules allowing the rigging of races through gerrymandering and winner-take-all elections in single-member districts might still have prevented a big enough shift in those mid-terms to change party majority."

  • Theresa Amato writes about reforming our voting systems to allow for third parties to compete without being "spoilers" in Vox: “Can anyone explain why the putative challenger should be blamed for the election outcome when the real question to ask is why our vote-counting systems have not been sufficiently updated in the past 250 years to maximize voter choice through elimination of the electoral college, or the adoption of instant runoff voting, the National Popular Vote Plan, or proportional representation, such that voters could "safely" vote for their first choice — a party outside of the two major parties — and thereby help build alternative party bases and broader electoral choice over the years rather than risk electing the candidate most distant from their vote preference?”

  • Norm Ornstein discusses proportional representation as a means to solve political dysfunction on Rick Hasen's Election Law Blog Podcast at the 28:53 mark. "If I could do any kind of a structural change in the institutions, I would lean towards something more radical in Congress. Not a parliamentary system... but where we could move away from a House of Representatives that is growing more and more unrepresentative with more homogeneous districts. It's not strictly gerrymandering, its those residential patterns."

  • Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives Tim Penny writes in favor of ranked choice voting in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “RCV rewards candidates who can represent a broader majority, as opposed to those who simply pander to a zealous base. In Minnesota's experience, it also has led to campaigns based on issues rather than personal attacks. At a time when fewer voters than ever identify as Republicans (26 percent) or Democrats (29 percent), RCV also promotes political diversity, opening the system up to independent and third-party candidates.”
  • Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein calls for ranked choice voting in the Green Party's primary debate on RT America.

 

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