May 7, 2018

Americans want voting reform

Fair Vote - The University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation presented new public opinion data that shows American voters are eager for three key electoral reforms that would give voters a greater voice at the ballot box and more fair representation in government, while tempering the partisan rancor that currently dominates our politics.

The survey was conducted online with a random sample of 2,482 registered voters who were asked to provide recommendations on major changes to the way Americans elect members of Congress, including ranked-choice voting, multi-member districts, and congressional redistricting with nonpartisan commissions.

All three proposals were seen as at least tolerable by more than two-thirds of respondents, including super-majorities of Republicans and Democrats. Not surprisingly, given the outcry over partisan gerrymandering in recent months and two cases currently under review by the U.S. Supreme Court (Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone), redrawing congressional district lines with nonpartisan citizen commissions is supported by the largest number of voters – 66 percent – including 53 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of independents.

A majority of American voters favor ranked choice voting, the election method that allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference, including 46 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of independents.

Multi-winner districts are also favored by a majority (55 percent), including 44 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independents. Such districts combined with ranked choice voting, would facilitate candidates getting elected by constituencies normally shut out in the current single-winner district configuration (i.e. more Republicans elected in states like California and Massachusetts, more Democrats elected in states like Oklahoma and Tennessee, and more women and people of color across the country).


Anonymous said...

Was getting money out of politics even one of the questions?

Tom Puckett said...

Let's also advocate for automatic and same-day voter registration, voting by mail and voting on Saturday and certainly not Tuesday!

Maybe then the corporations will have to pay each voter individually, rather than try to buy the representatives...

Cheers, Tom

Anonymous said...

How about 10 year limits on parties. Every party must dissolve within ten years. Together with total public financing-no private financing no free speech right to bribe politicians. Campaign contributions punished as a felony.