Research Reports

House Size Report

Posted on March 15, 2018

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In this report, FairVote looks at issues with the current fixed size of the US House of Representatives, and examines several proposals for making the size of the House of Representatives more dynamic. We find little evidence that the current fixed size of the House is justified beyond the practical political realities that lead to its imposition and suggest two alternative formulas for House of Representatives reapportionment. A version of the report is available below, the report can also be viewed or downloaded here

 

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Proportional Representation in New York City, 1936-1947

Posted on December 18, 2017

PR_NYC_Report_Cover.PNGIn Proportional Representation in New York City, 1936-1947 FairVote explores the buildup to and outcomes of multi-winner ranked choice voting (RCV) also know as single transferable vote (STV) on the New York City Council during the 10 year period between implementation and repeal. 

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Monopoly Politics 2018

Posted on October 04, 2017
Monopoly Politics 2018

In Monopoly Politics 2018 FairVote explores the extent, causes and remedies to the lack of competition and partisan fairness in U.S. House elections and the increasing polarization of members elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Fair Representation Act Report

Posted on October 04, 2017
Fair Representation Act Report

The Fair Representation Act report outlines how multi-winner ranked choice voting would transform the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Federal Primary Runoff Elections and Voter Turnout Declines, 1994 - 2016

Posted on December 02, 2016
Federal Primary Runoff Elections and Voter Turnout Declines, 1994 - 2016

Federal Primary Election Runoffs and Voter Turnout Decline analyzes turnout data for the 190 primary runoff elections held between 1994 and 2016. The report finds that primary runoff elections are plagued by significant declines in turnout that dilute the representative nature of the system. The report examines the effect of the time delay between elections on turnout decline. Finally, the report recommends alternative runoff systems such as instant runoff voting to eliminate the turnout decline problem while preserving the benefits to representation of runoffs.

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Statewide Election Recounts, 2000-2015

Posted on November 29, 2016
Statewide Election Recounts, 2000-2015

Statewide Election Recounts, 2000 - 2015 examines statewide election recount outcomes and practices in the United States, using data from the decade of elections taking place in the years 2000 to 2015 to determine how often they occur, how often they change outcomes, how much vote totals change and how these figures vary with the size of the electorate.

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Gender Parity on the Eve of the 2016 Election

Posted on November 04, 2016
Gender Parity on the Eve of the 2016 Election

The State of Women's Representation on the Eve of the 2016 Election reflects on America's slow progress toward gender parity in elective office and explores how each state is performing.

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