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Proportional Representation

Why Our Democracy is Broken and How to Fix It

Joschka (Yoshi) Tryba | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Joschka (Yoshi) Tryba

Imagine what Congress would look like if voters could realistically vote for not just Republicans and Democrats, but also the Tea Party, the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, the Constitution Party, or the Socialist Party.

The Black Box: Range Voting

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Range voting eliminates spoilers and splitting the vote between two good candidates. It gives voters a chance to show how much they dislike someone, rather than just being silent. For these reasons, Range Voting is superior to Instant Runoff Voting.

High Time to Hold Metro to "One Person, One Vote"

John Mirisch | Posted 02.21.2015 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

It's not just about the specific projects, but also about having a strong voice in the ongoing operations of this multi-billion dollar agency.

Fair Representation Solutions to Florida's Fair Districts Dilemma

Rob Richie | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

We present a detailed analysis of two ways that Judge Lewis can ensure congressional elections this November take place in districts consistent with the state constitution, with minimal disruption for voters and election officials.

Blame It on Winner-Take-All: Why Our Outdated Voting Rules Cause Congressional Crises

Rob Richie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

The United States Congress has careened into a government shutdown, and everybody wants to find someone to blame. But in the accusatory frenzy, they're missing the real culprit: the voting rules that drive the political behavior of Congress.

A Four-party System for the U.S.

Alan Krinsky | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Alan Krinsky

What we ought to do is scrap this system and replace it with one consisting of four major parties. Even this will not cover all Americans, but it will certainly encompass more of us and within a more rational framework. For what might these four major parties stand?

Taking on American Political Dysfunction Without Changing the Constitution

Rob Richie | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

If Jonathan Bernstein is right in his response to Hasen that a broken Republican Party is the real source of government dysfunction, fair voting would give Republicans the right incentives to get their party back on track.

Simple Steps to Eliminate Gerrymandering

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

It's time to take legislative action to place regularity constraints on the shapes of districts; this would work better to combat gerrymandering than the current requirements for contiguity and population balance.

FairVote's Unique Methodology Shows That 52% of Voters Wanted a Democratic House

Rob Richie | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

Democrats cannot win a majority of House seats without winning dozens of seats in Republican-leaning districts. Republicans, meanwhile, can win a healthy majority of House seats without winning any seats in Democratic-leaning districts.

New Report Highlights Our Primary Turnout Problem

Rob Richie | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Looking at turnout in primary elections, both this year and over time, points to one of the particularly disturbing realities of participation in the United States.

Texas Congressional Redistricting: Beyond Last Week's Section Five Ruling

Rob Richie | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Last week's federal court ruling that Texas's 2011 plans for congressional districts and state legislative districts had both the purpose and effect of further reducing the representation of Texas's already underrepresented racial minority populations is just the state's latest salvo in the redistricting wars.

America Lagging Behind in Female Political Representation

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Apart from a few celebrated and important leaders, the data on women's participation in American political institutions do not paint a particularly rosy picture of rising political power for women in the U.S.

The Anti-Democratic Electoral College

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 10.05.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

This reflects a basic pattern in American society where we want the latest technology for our computers, televisions and cell phones but we complacently trudge along using archaic voting technology while ignoring the improvements that have occurred since the late 1700s

Broader Reform Lessons From Dick Lugar's Primary Defeat

Rob Richie | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Winner-take-all voting incentivizes partisanship, compels centrists to squeeze into restrictive ideological boxes and rewards the "us-versus-them" mentality moderates resist.

Primary Defeats Spotlight Disappearing Center in American Politics

Rob Richie | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Clearly winner-take-all amplifies partisanship and polarization in Congress; it is therefore antagonistic toward the goal of achieving a more collaborative and collegial legislature.

2012 GOP Nomination Contest Affirms Value of New Rules

Rob Richie | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Before pundits rush on to talk of the general election and its dwindling number of swing states, we should reflect on the nomination contest and the impact of its rules.

Proportionality Makes GOP Race Less Competitive

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party's plan of creating a more competitive race by awarding proportional delegates is simply not working, at least between the two frontrunners. If none of the Republican state contests were proportional, Rick Santorum would be a lot closer to Mitt Romney right now.

For First Time in Half Century, California's "Late" Primary Could Decide GOP Race

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics
Stewart J. Lawrence

California has never mattered much in Republican presidential politics. But the Golden State seems destined to regain the political spotlight in 2012 because its June 5th primary is the last of the major delegate-rich contests in a GOP race that's beginning to look hopelessly deadlocked.

Seven Top Election Insights From 2011

Rob Richie | Posted 02.29.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

It's exciting to realize that what's been published represents only the tip of the iceberg of recent research and analysis that will go public in 2012. We have a lot to say -- and, given the troubled condition of American democracy, many reasons to say it.

Let's End Gerrymandering With Fair Voting for Congress

Rob Richie | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

The battle over legislative redistricting in states around the country this year provides strong evidence of the failure of winner-take-all elections in single-member districts in modern America.

Was Rahm Right About Progressives?

Steven Hill | Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

In 2009, then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel infamously said that progressives are "fucking retarded." Lately I've begun to think he was corr...

Dump "First Past the Post"! Richie's May 6th Democracy Minute

Rob Richie | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

Democracy link of the day: Redistricting as it should be in Indiana (and the United States). News summary: British referendum on alternative vote exp...

Democracy Is About Representation, Part 2: Media and Money

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Where does all that cash raised by the political system go? The simple answer is: commercials. The media isn't about to sit around and let that cash cow get slain in the name of "good government" -- whatever that is.

You Say You Want a Constitution?

Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir

The Beatles' song "Revolution" has been in my mind all day. That's because this morning I woke up as a newly elected representative to the country's new constitutional assembly.

American Democracy (the Lack Thereof)

Van Gosse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Van Gosse

We are still a partial, blocked, half-way democracy, for the simple reason that our constitutional system incorporates central features intended to frustrate the will of the majority.