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Blame It on Winner-Take-All: Why Our Outdated Voting Rules Cause Congressional Crises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

Top Ten Signs of the Breakdown of Winner-Take-All Elections

Rob Richie | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

We can ditch the winner-take-all voting laws that have impaired our electoral process for far too long. With simple changes to federal and state statutes, the US can be on its way to better and fairer elections.

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.

Clashing Mandates and the Role of Voting Structures

Rob Richie | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics
Rob Richie

Obama won the presidency relatively decisively, yet a majority of House members are Republicans who represent a district where Obama in fact lost to Romney.

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.

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.

Voting Machine Debacles Continue As Election Nears

Sarah Granger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sarah Granger

The Bipartisan Electronic Voting Reform Act being reviewed by the Senate today is clearly a mixed bag, inadequate to address the problems fair-voting advocates say continue to bedevil the system.