The DC Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act of 2006 (H.R. 5388), sponsered by Republicans Tom Davis and Christopher Shays and Democrats Eleanor Holmes Norton and Henry Waxman, highlights the potential of broader statutory reforms like proportional voting. By increasing House size to 437 members, it would give Utah an additional seat that would be elected statewide in 2008 and 2010 by exempting Utah from the 1967 law mandating one-seat House districts. The bill would also increase the size of the Electoral College to 539 electors, greatly reducing the chance of a tie.
On May 18th, H.R. 5388 passed the House Committee on Government Reform by a vote of 29-4. It now moves to the House Judiciary Committee.
[ More about the DC VRA ]
[ More about DC Voting Rights ]
[ The case for a constitutional right to vote ]
[ More about changes to House size ]
[ Jack Kemp Op-Ed in Townhall.com ]
Everyone should have the right to vote in free and fair elections regardless of who they are or where they live. To that end, FairVote advocates for enshrining an affirmative right to vote in the U.S. Constitution. In pursuit of that ideal, FairVote works to enact policies at the federal, state, and local levels that are consistent with our conviction that voting is not a privilege, but a right.
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DC VRA Passes House Committee on Government Reform 29-4