“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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This week the legal field was treated to a rare event: a politically contentious issue getting a unanimous decision from the Supreme Court. This case highlights some important issues inherent in the use of districts to elect legislators.Read More
Among the Controller’s recommendations are reforms that FairVote also supports, including ranked choice voting (also known as “instant runoff voting”). Runoff elections also have much lower turnout and can disfranchise absentee and military overseas voters. Enabling instant runoff voting would give every eligible voter the ability to fully express their voice in a single, high turnout election.Read More
According to Ballotpedia, more than 4 in 5 state legislature races in Georgia will be uncontested by the opposing party this year.. In addition, 77.4% of incumbents who are running in 2016 won't face a challenger in their primary.Read More