Our country is ready to reform our elections. Now is the time for Congress to act. The Fair Representation Act (H.R. 4000) is the bold, comprehensive solution that solves our problems with partisan gerrymandering and uncompetitive elections, and encourages politicians to represent everyone, not just their base.
Partisan gerrymandering has only gotten worse in an era of sophisticated technology and polarized voting patterns. When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that partisan gerrymandering was a political issue beyond the ability of federal courts to decide, the justices encouraged Congress to consider a national solution. An act of Congress is the only way to deliver fairness to all Americans in all states.
However, our problems go beyond gerrymandering: The problem is districting itself. A winner-take-all system in which only one person is elected to represent each district no longer works in this era of hardened partisanship, across both geographic and racial lines. It locks most voters into congressional districts that are increasingly skewed toward one party, and leaves too many voters unrepresented and powerless to affect outcomes.
Single-winner districts no longer work well for American democracy. Almost 90 percent of them are completely safe for the party that holds them. Millions of Americans -- whether urban Republicans, red-state Democrats, independents, women and communities of color -- are dramatically underrepresented, with little chance of fixing this at the polls.
The Fair Representation Act helps fix this. Multi-winner districts allow every voter to elect someone from the major party they support. Ranked-choice elections are proportional, so today’s skewed outcomes -- or parties winning more seats with fewer votes -- become a thing of the past. Larger districts defeat gerrymandering because the district lines simply matter less.
With proportional outcomes and a wider variety of candidates advancing to the general election, the Fair Representation Act will create more fair opportunities for women, people of color, urban Republicans, rural Democrats, and independents.
We must open elections to reflect our full diversity. The Fair Representation Act is the strongest commitment and most complete solution to voter equality, equal representation and greater choice. It’s how we make our democracy work again -- for everyone.