THE WAY DEMOCRACY WILL BE
For Immediate Release
/ November 3rd 2006

10 Stories about Election '06
You Won't Learn from Polls

Political Analyst to Reveal Election Insights,
Challenge Conventional Wisdom

When: 10 a.m. on Monday, November 6, 2006
Where: Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave., NE (next to Supreme Court)

FairVote and its long-time executive director Rob Richie will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. on November 6th at the Mott House on Capitol Hill to review and answer questions about ten stories about Election 2006 that the national polls - and many pundits - won't explain. They are:

1. What Do Votes Have to Do with It?
Why winning the national vote may lose the House

2. Monopoly Politics
How on Thursday we can predict nearly all House winners… for 2008

3. The Untouchables
The growing list of House Members on permanent cruise control

4. The Gerrymander and Money Myths
The real roots of non-competition & GOP advantage

5.The Republican Turnout Machine Myth
If not real in 2004, why would it be now?

6. The 50-State Question
Measuring Howard Dean's gamble in 2006 - and in 2016

7. Down-Ballot GOP Blues?
What a Democratic wave will mean for state legislatures

8. Of Spoilers and Minority Rule
Where split votes could swing seats - and already have

9. The Democrats' Paradox
Why a win could shake up House leaders & the presidential race

10. Slouching toward Diversity
Who's to gain when a few more white men lose?


FairVote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that studies the impact of electoral rules on turnout, representation and electoral competition. Its president is John B. Anderson. For more information or comment, please contact Rob Richie or Ryan O'Donnell at (301) 270-4616.

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