“Partisans’ chief interest is in proving that the other party is despicable — in ramping up fear, hatred and the negative polarization that is the central feature of contemporary American politics…
The good news is that we don’t have to live with this system. There’s nothing in the Constitution that says there have to be only two parties. There’s nothing in the Constitution about parties at all. There’s not even anything in the Constitution mandating that each congressional district have only one member and be represented by one party. We could have a much fairer and better system with the passage of a law.
The way to do that is through multimember districts and ranked-choice voting.”
— David Brooks in “One Reform to Save America”
New York Times
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From a voting method perspective, Illinois is particularly interesting, as the state used to elect its legislature using a form of fair representation voting called "cumulative voting" for over 100 years. Given the Illinois state legislature's gridlock and the underrepresentation of racial minority groups in the state, a return to fair representation voting is greatly needed.Read More
In a survey of nearly 4,400 adults this past March and April, PEW finds partisanship and polarization to be more entrenched than ever among Americans. This data does not bode well for proponents of competitive congressional elections.Read More
In a press release today, the National Organization for Women (NOW) called attention to the continued underrepresentation of women in politics, and affirmed their commitment to participating in the new formed Voting Rights Caucus in Congress.Read More