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  •  I'm sorry, but.. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm deeply against the idea of multiple-representative districts. In fact, as I recall, it was declared unconstitutional since many states were conducting elections using at-large districts that ended up disenfranchising the minority. It's simply unfair. For an organization like FairVote, I'm very disappointed.

    •  I definitely understand your reservations, but... (0+ / 0-)

      Multi-member districts aren't unconstitutional, they would require a simple statutory change.

      And you are right that multi-member districts were used to disenfranchise minority citizens. The key difference is, they used block voting, so if there were 5 seats to fill you got 5 votes that were all equal in value. This meant that whoever had a plurality was able to determine every single seat.

      That is really messed up, and is even worse than the current system.

      With ranked choice voting, this problem doesn't arise, because 1. Your vote only ends up counting for one candidate, and 2. The use of ranking means that candidates will appeal to different bases to try to garner enough votes to hit the quota to be elected.

      In case you aren't convinced, here is a short write up FairVote did on Louisiana, showing how this system would retain seats that would be accountable to minority voters. It essentially amounts to a majority-minority seat within a multi-member district.

      What I'm referring to is page 5 of this report.

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