Pages tagged "Proportional representation"


Utah Redistricting: Avoid controversy with a statewide plan for House seats

Posted on What's New Dean Searcy on May 25, 2011

Following the 2010 Census, Utah is gaining another Congressional seat for a total of four seats. As might be expected, the addition of a fourth seat has thrown the state legislature into partisan conflicts because the strongly Republican state legislature is seeking to dismantle the more Democratic concentration in the second district by cutting it into three pieces. Senate President Michael Waddoups wants to draw lines north to south instead of focusing on compactness, leaving Democrats concerned the new plan will divide their county into three parts and weaken their meager base that helps them elect Democrat Jim Matheson to the U.S. House. Clearly, partisanship is an issue -- one that the state could avoid by adopting a proportional voting in a statewide race. 

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New Mexico Redistricting: Super Districts for U.S. House

Posted on What's New Dean Searcy on May 24, 2011

When it comes to the complexities of redistricting, New Mexico is no exception. On May 14th, It's legislative leaders named an 18-member committee to work on the monumental task. In the past, several Congressional redistricting maps have ended up in the courts due to fights over partisanship and incumbent protection - leaving the judicial system to redraw the lines. In the 1960s, however, New Mexico elected its U.S. House seats at-large - and should do so again in a single "super district," but this time witih a proportional voting system providing fairer representation. 

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Louisiana Redistricting: A Better Method

Posted on What's New Dean Searcy, Super Districts on April 18, 2011

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is about to sign legislation establishing a redistricting plan that distorts partisan representation, breaks up natural communities, underrepresents racial minorities and creates largely noncompetitive races. Super districts with  two three-member districts and a non-winner-take-all voting systemn would dramatically boost fair representation and give all voters competitive choice.

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Arab Spring of Nations: what's next? -- Yemen: Troubles despite serious negotiations

Posted on What's New Arab Spring Series, Wael Abdel Hamid on April 01, 2011

The Arab world is still in trouble. Revolutionary nations Tunisia and Egypt are struggling for a successful, peaceful and democratic transition. Other peoples, especially in Yemen, Jordan and Bahrain, are still fighting for change.  In a blog series introduced on March 22 , I am focusing on what's going on in Arab countries at the center of change.  

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The Next Step Beyond Honor and Sanity?

Posted on What's New Krist Novoselic on October 20, 2010

Moving beyond rhetoric and labels, Krist Novoselic, FairVote's Board Chair, discusses ways to reinvigorate the political system.Krist writes: "We’ve seen voters coalesce around a celebrity candidate, but we could very well soon see a celebrity-initiated new party."

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"Presidential Elections" in Cyprus: Part 3

Posted on What's New Amanda Naldjieff on May 07, 2010

"How Does an "Election" within an Unrecognized State SIgnificantly Affect the International Community?"

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Iraq's 2010 Parliamentary Election — Part 7: Politics Blowing Up Democracy

Posted on What's New Pauline Lejeune on April 29, 2010

Pauline Lejeune is analyzing the post-election situation in Iraq.

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The day FairVote decided to vote on lunch

Posted on What's New Pauline Lejeune on April 27, 2010

Today, we could not decide on what to order and realizing that we are the voting system experts, we thought it would be great to cast votes before making any decision. Different systems can get different winners and this was a great opportunity to test their fairness and impact.

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French Regional elections: With "proportional" system, the devil is in the details...

Posted on What's New Pauline Lejeune on April 27, 2010

On March 14th and 21st, French voters elected their 26 regional councils. A main point of interest, beyond the results, is how the semi-proportional system used for the regional elections distorts the electoral dynamics, and how well represented women are.

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"Presidential Elections" in Cyprus: Part 2

Posted on What's New Amanda Naldjieff on April 19, 2010

"And the Candidates are… :: drum roll ::"

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