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In a representative democracy, the right of decision belongs to the majority, but the right to representation belongs to all. FairVote advocates for adoption of proportional voting systems for local and state elections, and for an informed debate about their merits for congressional elections.

Justices Weigh Partisan Gerrymandering, Legislators Seek Solutions
Senator Johnson Introduces Federal Independent Redistricting Bill
Tim JohnsonAs the battles over partisan gerrymandering and re-redistricting move to the Supreme Court, experts suggest that the court is unlikely to dramatically change the status quo. As a result, efforts to reform the system through the political process may become critical to ending the partisan self-interest that has corrupted our line-drawing process.

In light of this, FairVote applauds Senator Tim Johnson's recent decision to introduce a Senate-side companion bill to Rep. John Tanner's Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act. FairVote took the NGO lead in suggesting a national approach to the problem for congressional districts and in helping to draft and support the Tanner bill. Stay tuned for more reports and analysis.

[Article about Senator Tim Johnson's Bill]
[John Anderson and Rob Richie Op. Ed. on Gerrymandering]
[FairVote's Redistricting Reform Watch]
[Fairness and Indepedence in Redistricting Act]
["Celebration" for the Father of Gerrymandering]
[FairVote's Reforms to Enhance Redistricting Reform]
[FaiVote's Redistricting Resources]


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October 16th 2009
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In Detroit, there have been three mayors in the past two years and the current one has come under scrutiny. Perhaps a system like instant runoff voting will help bring political stability to motor city.

August 21st 2009
Black candidate for Euclid school board to test new voting system
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Limited voting, a form of proportional voting, will be used in Euclid (OH), in the hopes of allowing better representation of minorities.

July 2nd 2009
Reforming Albany
New York Times

FairVote's Rob Richie responds in a letter to the editor making the case for proportional voting systems to bring substantive reform to New York's legislature.