Posted on December 30, 2016
Redistricting Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives is a series of six reports exploring trends in competition, partisan fairness and polarization in states that have reformed their redistricting practices.
Posted on December 02, 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.
Posted on November 11, 2016
The 2016 U.S. House election was a better election for incumbents than 2014, and one in which the nation was split down the middle. The incumbency bump added eight points to the average incumbent’s margin of victory and only 12 seats (3%) of seats changed hands.
Posted on November 11, 2016
In what many might have been assumed to be an unpredictable election, FairVote was able to project the outcomes of over 80% of U.S. House seats with 100% accuracy two years ahead of Election Day 2016.
Posted on November 03, 2014
The people of New Hampshire take great pride in holding the nation’s first presidential primary every four years. Now, it has a new claim to fame: representation of women in elected office.
Posted on October 22, 2014
The 2014 midterm elections are upon us. How will women candidates fair? Using Monopoly Politics 2014 projections, we find that the U.S. House will not move much closer to gender parity in 2014. If this election is indicative of a trend (and it seems to be), Representation 2020 reforms offer a faster path to gender parity.
Posted on September 16, 2014
Many consider women's success this week in Massachusetts primaries to be a big step toward gender parity. A closer look at Massachusetts reveals there is still a long way to go. Representation 2020's reforms present opportunities.
Posted on August 07, 2014
Florida is facing an electoral quandary as two of its congressional districts have been found to violate the state constitution, and the legislature is redrawing the maps as November elections loom. The legislature does not want to use the new map in 2014, but FairVote's analysis outlines two plans that could resolve the crisis. The better of these plans would also improve the representation of Florida voters in the process.
Posted on June 11, 2014
California on June 3rd held its primary elections, which are conducted using a "top two" format. In this analysis, we assess the impact of top two and provide a solution for a way forward.
Posted on June 05, 2014
Iowa's primaries created distorted outcomes that show exactly why states need to consider ranked choice voting.