FairVote's Brief on Fair Representation Voting in Palmdale Case
Working with attorneys from Hogan Lovells, FairVote on January 16, 2014 submitted an amicus brief explaining the merits and legality of fair representation voting methods such as ranked choice voting and cumulative voting. FairVote has advanced fair representation voting through several amicus briefs in cases brought under the California and federal Voting Rights Acts. Both Acts prohibit racial minority vote dilution, and FairVote has consistently argued in court and in scholarship that fair representation voting is a legal and effective (often the most effective) remedy to vote dilution.
Update: Regretfully, the California Court of Appeal denied our application for leave to file as amicus curiae, after the City of Palmdale opposed our participation, principally because they felt they would not have adequate time to reply. Though the court will not be hearing us, you still can, as we will continue to host the brief that we submitted.