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The next gerrymandering cycle is about to begin

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on August 12, 2021
The next gerrymandering cycle is about to begin

We are on the precipice of one of the worst redistricting bloodbaths in American history. Today the U.S. Census Bureau released data to let states draw Congressional and legislative maps that will shape politics for the next decade. States across the country - right, left, and center - are getting ready to gerrymander.

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Multi-member districts: a win for representation

Posted on What's New Elena Gilbertson Hall on August 04, 2021
Multi member districts: a win for representation

Single-winner districts lead to millions of Americans being underrepresented -- including blue-state Republicans, red-state Democrats, independents, women, and communities of color -- because they are locked into gerrymandered winner-take-all congressional districts that are consistently won by candidates of the plurality group. The Fair Representation Act (FRA) would create proportional multi member districts, solving this problem and improving representation across the political spectrum.

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The Fair Representation Act Will Put an End to Weaponized Gerrymandering

Posted on What's New Rose Parker on June 18, 2021
The Fair Representation Act Will Put an End to Weaponized Gerrymandering

H.R. 3863, the Fair Representation Act (FRA), was recently reintroduced to the House of Representatives. One of the key benefits of this bill is its negation of weaponized gerrymandering within each state.

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Academics and thought leaders praise the Fair Representation Act

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on June 11, 2021
Academics and thought leaders praise the Fair Representation Act

Rep. Don Beyer just reintroduced the Fair Representation Act (FRA) in Congress, which would implement ranked choice voting and multi-member districts for congressional elections. Since its inception, the bill has been hailed by academic leaders in the United States and around the world as a way to fix our broken elections, eliminate gerrymandering, and tackle America’s growing crisis of polarization. Here are some examples of what they have said.

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Six Democratic holdouts on impeachment show the power of partisanship

Posted on Quick News Drew Penrose on October 28, 2019
Six Democratic holdouts on impeachment show the power of partisanship

When it comes to elections to the House of Representatives, partisanship dominates. The fact that there are only six Democratic holdouts on impeachment prove that point. The Fair Representation Act, an antidote to this type of system, would lessen partisanship's chokehold on our government.

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Want to solve gerrymandering? Look no further than the Fair Representation Act

Posted on What's New Adam Ginsburg on July 25, 2019
Want to solve gerrymandering? Look no further than the Fair Representation Act

Why is the Fair Representation Act important? Because it can end congressional gerrymandering. Read more about why the Fair Representation Act is so critical to solving issues of adequate representation in our government.

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Gerrymandering Antidote: the Fair Representation Act

Posted on What's New Drew Penrose, Ben Lempert on June 28, 2019
Gerrymandering Antidote: the Fair Representation Act

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that federal courts have no constitutional role to play in preventing partisan gerrymandering. However, the legislative branch can, in fact, act to mitigate the nefarious effects of gerrymandering. It should do that by passing the Fair Representation Act, which would institute a different election system: the single-transferable vote form of ranked choice voting.

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RIP partisan gerrymandering? State and federal courts deliver harsh blows

Posted on What's New David Daley on January 24, 2018
RIP partisan gerrymandering? State and federal courts deliver harsh blows

Here’s what to be looking for – and reading – today on the redistricting front.

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How to Bring Accountability Back to the House of Representatives

Posted on What's New Theodore Landsman, Marie Lemieux on September 07, 2017
How to Bring Accountability Back to the House of Representatives

We are still more than a year away from the 2018 election. With both parties still regrouping in the aftermath of 2016, and deeply divided, it is an open question what the major issues, messages and scandals will be. However, there is one thing we can already say with near certainty. The number of seats won by each party's candidates will not track the number of votes they received.

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