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A Voter’s Perspective on “Gerrymander USA”

Posted on What's New Cristin Merker on July 19, 2022
A Voter’s Perspective on “Gerrymander USA”

When my colleagues shared Jesse Wegman and Damon Winter’s new article, “Gerrymander USA,” I knew I wanted to read it based on the topic alone – gerrymandering is an incredibly important issue. I just wasn’t expecting to read this article and discover it was about where I grew up – a large swath of land where “cattle outnumber voters” called the Panhandle of Texas, or the High Plains.

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Monopoly Politics: A Call for the Fair Representation Act

Posted on What's New Fiona Schultz on June 01, 2022
Monopoly Politics: A Call for the Fair Representation Act

Despite the claim of free and fair elections, voter opinions are often unrepresented as a result of single-winner congressional districts. FairVote’s report highlights the projected disproportionate allocation of congressional seats that fails to reflect voter preferences.

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Asian Americans Win With Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on What's New Matthew Oberstaedt on May 27, 2022
Asian Americans Win With Ranked Choice Voting

Asian Americans are underrepresented at all levels of government, from city councils to the halls of Congress. Yet a popular reform offers the chance to reverse that trend: ranked choice voting (RCV).

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How to Avoid Another Redistricting Nightmare in 2030

Posted on What's New Haly Jungwirth on May 05, 2022
How to Avoid Another Redistricting Nightmare in 2030

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week’s Twitter Space: “Our Redistricting Nightmare, and How to Avoid It in 2030!” It featured Washington Post reporter Colby Itkowitz; Common Cause National Redistricting Director Kathay Feng; Cato Institute Senior Fellow Walter Olson; and was moderated by FairVote’s Social Media Associate Matthew Oberstaedt with excellent questions written by FairVote Senior Fellow David Daley.

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“Whig-ing” Out Over the History of Single-Member Plurality Voting

Posted on What's New Rachel Rappaport on April 26, 2022
“Whig-ing” Out Over the History of Single-Member Plurality Voting

It’s worth saying upfront:, nowhere does our Constitution outline specific processes for holding elections. The ‘Elections Clause’ leaves the decision to the states, while also giving Congress the power to intervene. A longer account reveals that single-member district plurality elections were not even how the founders necessarily envisioned elections. 

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A Follow-Up With Some History-Making Women Who Support RCV

Posted on What's New Haly Jungwirth on March 30, 2022
A Follow-Up With Some History-Making Women Who Support RCV

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we’re excited to let you hear directly from a few RCV champions. Following our earlier post, “History-Making Women and the RCV Elections That Put Them in Power,” we reached out to some of the women we discussed to get their first-hand opinion on ranked choice voting (RCV) and women’s representation.

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What the Garden State Would Reap from Proportional Voting

Posted on What's New Jeremy Seitz-brown on March 22, 2022
What the Garden State Would Reap from Proportional Voting

Truck driver Edward Durr made headlines in November by defeating the Democratic leader of the New Jersey state senate after only spending $1,813 on his campaign. His only purchases? Flyers and donuts. This was an example of a broader trend in American elections generally and the New Jersey state elections specifically: partisanship is becoming one of the only factors that matters.

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Women talk solutions: RCV and the Fair Representation Act

Posted on What's New Haly Jungwirth on March 15, 2022
Women talk solutions: RCV and the Fair Representation  Act

From March 8 to 10, RepresentWomen hosted its inaugural Solutions Summit. The three day virtual gathering featured experts and leaders who are all working in election administration, voting rights, and democracy reform, including ranked choice voting (RCV).

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History-Making Women and the RCV Elections That Put Them in Power

Posted on What's New Haly Jungwirth on March 14, 2022
History-Making Women and the RCV Elections That Put Them in Power

Across the country, ranked choice voting (RCV) is reducing the chances of vote splitting and encouraging women and people of color to run for office, regardless of whether other women or people of color are in the race. With RCV, nobody has to “wait their turn” (a common reason women cite about delaying or even making their decision to run.) During Women’s History Month we’re highlighting the achievements of women who have won RCV elections across America. We’re excited to celebrate a few of the many women who have been elected with RCV to serve their communities and hopefully inspire even more women to run.

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