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Academics and thought leaders praise the Fair Representation Act

Posted Matthew Oberstaedt on June 11, 2021
Academics and thought leaders praise the Fair Representation Act

Rep. Don Beyer just reintroduced the Fair Representation Act (FRA) in Congress, which would implement ranked choice voting and multi-member districts for congressional elections. Since its inception, the bill has been hailed by academic leaders in the United States and around the world as a way to fix our broken elections, eliminate gerrymandering, and tackle America’s growing crisis of polarization. Here are some examples of what they have said.

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The view from Austin: Voters are ready for RCV

Posted Author Andrew Allison on May 07, 2021
The view from Austin: Voters are ready for RCV

Last Saturday, Austin became the first city in Texas, and the second-largest city in the country, to adopt ranked-choice voting. The measure passed 59-41 in a low-turnout, off-cycle election. Seven of our ten city council districts favored RCV by a margin of 2-to-1. It was one of the most popular items on an eight-proposition-long ballot.

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RCV Picks up Momentum in Virginia

Posted Nora Dell on April 28, 2021
RCV Picks up Momentum in Virginia

While Virginia Republicans have already embraced ranked choice voting for their nominating convention on May 8, new support for ranked choice voting continues to gain traction across the state.

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Competition for Control of the House Underrepresents Voters of Color

Posted Author Benjamin Oestericher on April 14, 2021
Competition for Control of the House Underrepresents Voters of Color

Election cycle after election cycle, the battle for control of Congress is being waged in a smaller and smaller sliver of the United States. FairVote found in its 2020 Monopoly Politics Report that more than 80% of House districts were “safe” districts that were locked down by one major party or the other, with such little hope of electoral competition that we projected winners two years before the actual election.

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