Media Coverage

Media Coverage

FairVote put out this press release on June 26th, 2017 regarding the introduction of the Fair Representation Act to Congress.

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New York Times, November 11, 2018: Editorial, "A Congress for Every American," calls for multi-winner districts with ranked choice voting to elect the House of Representatives, citing the Fair Representation Act. It highlights the various benefits that the bill would have, concluding "That's what democracy should look like - and in the long run, it's the only way a democracy can survive."

USA Today, April 20, 2018: New survey data on the Fair Representation Act was announced by the University of Maryland's Program For Public Consultation at a briefing on Capitol Hill. The event was attended by three of the bill's sponsors, Don Beyer, Jim Cooper and Jamie Raskin. "New voting method that involves ranking candidates gains favor across the nation."

Philadelphia Inquirer, February 14, 2018: Columnist Will Bunch writes about the partisan gerrymandering in Pennsylvania and notes the Fair Representation Act provision for multi-member districts would end it in "The secret history of the map that destroyed Pa. politics and how to fit it."

New York Times, July 7, 2017: The National Review's Reihan Salam and FairVote's Rob Richie write an oped called "How to Make Congress Bipartisan" 

The Washington Post, June 27, 2017: Oped "Let's change how we elect the House of Representatives," marking the introduction of the Fair Representation Act to Congress, and making the case for the legislation to mend the deep polarization facing American democracy.

The Nation, June 26, 2017: Anita Earls, Executive Director for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in The Nation: "Could This Put an End to Gerrymandering?" and highlights the positive impact of the Fair Representation on voting Rights.

Vox, April 27, 2017: Lee Drutman of New America Foundation: "This Voting Reform Solves 2 of America's Biggest Political Problems" Article argues that Americans should not accept a system that conditions the power of their votes on where they live. It presents the Fair Representation Act as the most practical approach to proportional representation in the United States.

The Nation, July 6, 2017: John Nichols writes lead editorial in the print edition of the Nation on "Democrats Must Become America's Anti-Gerrymandering Party" that calls on the parties to embrace the Fair Representation Act as the best means to combat gerrymandering. (Also appeared at BillMoyers.com.)

Slate, September 11, 2014: The National Review's Reihan Salam explains the case for reforming gerrymandering with ranked choice voting in multi-winner districts in "The Biggest Problem in American Politics"

U.S. News, June 26, 2017: Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, Vice President for the Social Policy & Politics Program at Third Way in U.S. News and World Report: "The Fair Representation Act Would Restore Voters' Faith in U.S. Elections"

Ms. Magazine, Fall 2017: Ms. Magazine features an article in their print version on "Congressman Beyer's introduction of the Fair Representation Act"

New York Times, September 25, 2017: Times columnist Michelle Goldberg writes Tyranny of the Minority, includes a call for the Fair Representation Act as a means to transform our elections and avoid gerrymandering.

 

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The Intercept, August 10, 2018: Zaid Jilani and Briahna Gray write a piece in response to the nail-biting race in Ohio's 12th Congressional District, "Democrats complain about Green Party 'spoilers' but few in Congress back a solution: Ranked choice voting" and point to an obvious fix, the Fair Representation Act.

NBC News, May 8, 2018: Opinion piece from David Faris, "Men like Don Blankenship will continue to gain power if Democrats don't fix our rigged electoral system" who writes the Fair Representation Act will bring more voices into the political discourse and basically render gerrymandering "more or less impossible."

Vox, September 5, 2017: Lee Drutman of New America Foundation writes "We need political parties. But their rabid partisanship could destroy American Democracy" and spotlights Fair Representation Act as part of the solution.

Arizona Daily Star Tucson, September 3, 2017: FairVote's Dave Daley writes "Sen. Flake is right about dangers of gerrymandering Congressional districts" calling to support the Fair Representation Act 

The Hill, August 23, 2017: Dennis Lytton, opinion contributor wrote in The Hill: "House Judiciary Committee should take up Beyer's Fair Representation Act next monthhighlighting the benefits of the Fair Representation Act.

Sightline Institute, August 7, 2017: Kristin Eberhard, senior researcher of Sightline Institute writes about allowing voters to have equal power and highlights the Fair Representation Act's multi-member districts in "Slaying the Gerrymander, Part 3: Give Every Voter Equal Power"

WVTF Radio, July 13, 2017: "WVTF: Representative Don Beyer's Bill Aims to Deliver Non-Partisan Redistricting" Matt Laslo of Virginia Public Radio (WVTF) interviews Rep. Don Beyer on why he introduced the Fair Representation Act, and explains how Virginia has been gerrymandered to benefit Republicans, while states like Maryland and Massachusetts have drawn lines to benefit Democrats.

Boston Globe, July 12, 2017: "Letter to the Editor: Righting a skewed electoral system"
Martha Karchere writes a letter to the editor explaining that even neutral lines won’t be a solution because Americans have sorted themselves into politically homogeneous neighborhoods.

Roll Call, July 8, 2017:Voting Rights Battle Just Getting Underway"
Article is about two Democratic bills introduced in the U.S. House, one by Rep. John Lewis and the other by Rep Don Beyer. Rep. Beyer explains why the Fair Representation Act needs to be passed.

Bustle, July 5, 2017: "Bustle: New House Bill Could Drastically Change How Elections Are Conducted" Priscilla Totiyapungprasert writes about how the current winner-take-all system is hurting our democracy by allowing a candidate to win without a majority of votes. Highlights the Fair Representation Act as a way to reform voter representation in Congress.

The Intercept, July 5, 2017: "New House Bill Would Kill Gerrymandering and Could Move America Away From Two-Party Dominance" 
Zaid Jilani explains how larger districts are the solution to end gerrymandering and how our current winner-take-all, first-past-the-post, system doesn't ensure a majority of voters are being represented. 

The Roanoke Times, July 5, 2017:Beyer proposes a new way of electing Congress"
Editorial about how most congressional races are uncompetitive and how the Fair Representation Act could solve our polarization problem. 

Salon, June 27, 2017: FairVote's David Daley interviewed Rep. Don Beyer on why he’s sponsoring the Fair Representation Act in "Make democracy great again: Rep. Don Beyer's revolutionary bill could transform how we elect Congress"

 The American Prospect, June 30, 2017: "How to End Our Dysfunctional Congressional Election System"
Article about how the Fair Representation Act would institute nonpartisan redistricting commissions and a new voting system to create a proportionally representational Congress.

FairVote, April 23, 2017: "Ranked Choice Voting in Multi-Seat Districts Tops Democracy Slam 2015
Blog with links to papers and video of national event with NBC’s  Chuck Todd and various academic and political luminaries that gives ranked choice voting in multi-winner districts the highest positive impact rating of 17 proposed reforms.

In These Times, January 20, 2017: "EditorialVoting Doesn’t Have To Be Winner-Take-All" Article highlights ranked choice voting and the Fair Representation Act, which would implement a system of proportional representation for all U.S. House races.

Cumberland Law Review, June 22, 2016: FairVote's Rob Richie, Andrew Spencer, and Christopher Hughes write an article that demonstrates steps to address the current gerrymandering system in "Escaping the Thicket: The Ranked Choice Voting Solution to America's Districting Crisis"

New America, February 16, 2016: "Political Dynamism
Lee Drutman of New America Foundation writes a comprehensive report on promoting functional government, including multi-winner districts with ranked choice voting as a key component.

The Washington Post, August 19, 2014: We need a fairer system for choosing House Members
Katerina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher for The Nation, explains the case for reforming gerrymandering with ranked choice voting in multi-winner districts.

The Washington Post, June 14, 2014: "Editorial: Rebuilding the political center may require a change to the system Editorial calls for Congress to consider multi-winner districts as a national reform

University of Richmond Law Review, March 28, 2013: FairVote's Rob Richie and Andrew Spencer write about a recommendation in replacing winner-take-all voting rules with choice voting in "The Right Choice For Elections: How Choice Voting Will End Gerrymandering and Expand Minority Voting Rights, From City Councils to Congress

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