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Virginia's 2015 state legislative elections highlighted problems with winner-take-all elections in single-winner districts. More than two-thirds of seats were uncontested, 100% of incumbents won, and outcomes aligned nearly perfectly with the underlying partisan lean. Ranked choice voting in multi-winner districts would transform voter choice and fairness of representation.
Prominent legal scholar and political activist Larry Lessig has entered the 2016 race for the White House. Lessig’s plan for promoting equal representation advocates for passage of FairVote’s Ranked Choice Voting Act. The act seeks to promote better representation and end gerrymandering once and for all, promote collaboration between parties, and deliver political representation more proportional to the composite of the people.