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Anything but Fair: The Sad Tale of the Canadian Election System

Posted on What's New Sarah John on October 16, 2015

Canada likely will soon have another minority government . Pollsters project the Liberal Party will lead with between 110 and 150 seats, likely besting the incumbent Conservative Party government. No Canadian party has topped 40% of the vote since 2000, and plurality elections  result in severe distortions in representation. The Liberals' platform includes a call for ranked choice voting.

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The Ranked Choice Voting Act

Posted on What's New Sarah John, Haley Smith on August 13, 2015

Prominent legal scholar and political activist Larry Lessig has entered the 2016 race for the White House. Lessig’s plan for promoting equal representation advocates for passage of FairVote’s Ranked Choice Voting Act. The act seeks to promote better representation and end gerrymandering once and for all, promote collaboration between parties, and deliver political representation more proportional to the composite of the people.

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Inequitable British Elections Provide Lessons for US Reformers

Posted on What's New Sarah John on May 12, 2015

The 2015 British election delivered a single party government that little more than a third of Britons voted for. The election also once again returned a parliament with very different political affiliations than British voters. Many have commented on the disproportionate election results. Few Americans are likely to imagine that similarly disproportionate results occur in the US on a regular basis. In this blog post, FairVote explores the disproportionality of UK election results country-by-country and compares them to regional US congressional results. It shows that similar levels of disproportionality are already experienced in the US, meaning that calls for fair representation voting are just as relevant in the US as in the UK. 

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