Fix Our House is a new education and advocacy campaign promoting proportional representation as an urgently-needed reform to pull politics out of its doom loop of polarization and dysfunction, sideline the anti-democratic forces threatening our democracy, and offer America’s diverse electorate full and fair representation in the House of Representatives. We are building a broad coalition of advocates prepared to spread the word about proportional representation and build the support it needs to become a reality.
Put simply, it’s an electoral system in which a political party’s share of votes in an election determines how many seats it holds in the legislature. Win half of the votes in an election, win half of the seats. Win a third of the votes, win a third of the seats. And so on.
Not only would proportional representation be more representative of our country’s diverse voices, it’s also the way almost every advanced democracy in the world elects its legislature.
The two maps below show how proportional representation could work, using a recently proposed congressional map in Wisconsin as an example:
Lee traces the decline of bipartisanship and explains why we need proportional representation
Even independent redistricting commissions are limited by the fact that Democrats cluster in cities while Republicans are widely dispersed. But there’s a solution.
Other democracies are polarized, but the U.S. is unique.