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Choice Voting in the News

  • FairVote Reforms are Hitting the Newsstands

    August 21, 2014

    Fair representation voting and ranked choice systems received significant media attention this month, with several notable publications featuring FairVote’s work and running expert commentary by FairVote staff and allies. Here are some of the highlights.

  • To Avoid More Government Shutdowns, We Need Ranked Choice Voting for Congress

    October 18, 2013

    The government shut down because our winner-take-all system elected a polarized Congress with no incentive to compromise. To end the cycle of government-by-crisis and elect a more representative Congress, we need ranked choice voting in multi-seat districts for Congress.

  • Fair Representation Voting Explained

    August 2, 2013

    Learn more about why Congress is broken and the fair representation voting solution with FairVote's new Fixing Democracy infographics series.

  • U.S. House Elections as They Are and Will Be

    July 23, 2012

    FairVote has released two new reports about congressional elections and an interactive map that summarizes their findings. Monopoly Politics 2012 provides the partisan landscape for all 435 U.S. House districts, with data on recent elections and how redistricting will affect partisan outcomes and racial fairness in 2012. Fair Voting 2012 shows how American forms of proportional representation could work in every state with more than one House district.

    Our reports come with insightful analysis about partisan outcomes, competitiveness, southern politics and more.


  • Winner-Take-All. We Can Do Better.

    April 13, 2012

    Winner-take-all elections box voters into simplistic red and blue divisions that poorly reflect our diversity of views. They turn most state legislative and congressional elections into "no-choice" contests. Only a handful of swing states will get attention from presidential candidates.

    To take on winner-take-all, FairVote backs forms of proportional representation for electing legislatures and a national popular vote for president instead of state-based winner-take-all rules.

    * Most robust democracies use proportional representation, NOT winner-take-all. See more here.

    * Fair voting plan series: Latest blog and report from Missouri

    * FairVote Chair Emeritus John Anderson's new op-ed in Chicago Tribune on cumulative voting

    * FairVote's resources on a national popular vote for president
  • Maryland Gerrymander Triggers Support for Fair Voting

    October 18, 2011

    The Maryland state senate today passed a proposed map for congressional redistricting that has been highly controversial for its gerrymandered district lines and disputes involving partisanship and race. State Senator Jamie Raskin, a constitutional law professor and former FairVote board member, made a well-received floor speech arguing that the best way to address the problem in the future was to put voters in charge over their representation. Raskin shared FairVote's plan for fair voting in super-districts with three and five members that would lead to nearly every voter being able to elect a favorite candidate. 

    FairVote is drawing such plans for all states in the nation. They could be established for congressional elections by repealing a 1967 law requiring winner-take-all districts.

    Baltimore Sun on Sen. Raskin's speech
    * The congressional map as passed state senate 
    * Example of Fair Voting plans for Ohio and North Carolina 
    Commentary from FairVote's Rob Richie and Krist Novoselic