Listen to Eli Zupnick on the America Trends podcast: "Everyone should be represented in Congress, even if they live in a place where the majority of their neighbors don't agree with them."
Instead of every political conflict becoming existential because it is all part of one grand zero-sum partisan death match, we need more small conflicts, each with different coalitions.
The decline of competitive districts is a problem that reflects deeper causes of partisan polarization and leaves the overwhelming majority of Americans in places where their votes don’t matter.
We need to understand why, despite shooting after shooting, the prospects for meaningful national gun reform just seem to grow more dispiriting.
"Anybody who studies comparative electoral systems thinks that our system is really dumb."
"The more people see how gridlocked and dysfunctional and unrepresentative our democracy is, the more their appetite grows for reforms like this."
Lee Drutman weighs in on breaking news that Democrats are getting behind independent Evan McMullin in Utah in hopes of ousting GOP Senator Mike Lee.
"To disrupt the status quo requires both a bold optimism about longer-term possibilities and a commensurate willingness to gamble on the shorter term."
"We need real structural change to our system, because our system disincentivizes cooperation, promotes dysfunction, and it's just going to keep getting worse."
"Fix Our House believes proportional representation is the key to ending gerrymandering, breaking up congressional deadlock and reducing partisan divisions."
In this current crisis of democracy, it is very easy to focus only on the immediate threats. But we cannot just play defense.
Moderation and realignment are unlikely to respond to the challenges facing U.S. democracy. Transformation is necessary.
“There are major structural problems with a two-party system where one party simply rejects democracy. And the only way it’s going to change is if we make the structural changes to pull us back from the brink.”
The Talk Policy To Me podcast interviews Fix Our House Co-founder Charlotte Hill about the need for proportional representation in America.
If the future of American democracy feels uncertain, that’s because it is. So, what will the rest of the decade look like?
Bad as gerrymandering may be, the core problem is the single-member district. And that’s something we can change.
Zack Beauchamp and Lee Drutman discuss structural reforms to break American politics out of its doom loop of dysfunction.
Just what exactly are the roots of our current democratic decay, and what can we to do fix it?
The US's outmoded political structure, dominated by the two major parties, keeps diverse representation and pluralism just beyond reach.
A two-party system that by definition splits a country in half will reinforce and deepen identity polarization, pushing national politics even further into trench warfare.
Lee traces the decline of bipartisanship and explains why we need proportional representation
There is no reasonable or timely way to fix this broken system. But there is an alternative: more parties.
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.
We need to reform the U.S. voting system to allow for new parties to emerge outside the existing two-party system.
A record number of Americans say Democrats and Republicans are doing such a poor job that a third party is needed, polling shows
A practical plan for making Congress more interesting, more effective, and more representative.
When citizens vote for parties rather than individuals, countries gain better health systems
Here’s a long-shot idea to fix our system and make our democracy more democratic.
"As a scholar of history, I see this decade as a potential moment of transformation. The status quo is broken. There are those who want to burn it all to the ground. But I, at least, want to restore and renew the promise of liberal, republican democracy in America."
"In order to truly address the crisis of gun violence in America, we need to reform the electoral system that makes major legislation nearly impossible."
The Portland Charter Commission voted to give the people of Portland a chance to adopt proportional representation for the city government this November.
Report in Roll Call on the recent launch of Fix Our House, a new campaign for proportional representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the growing movement for proportional representation.
With Voting Rights Act protections stripped away and the number of majority-minority districts not increasing in proportion with minority-driven population growth, people of color in the United States are facing yet more barriers to fair representation in congress.
Fix Our House launched yesterday to promote proportional representation as an urgently-needed reform for the U.S. House of Representatives.