National Elections

Fair Representation Voting in Federal Elections

Other countries provide a model for how to elect more women

The U.S. ranks behind 100 other countries in terms of women's representation in elected office. What do those 100 countries have in common? The all use some form of fair representation voting. 

For example, the Australian parliament contains two chambers, the Senate and the House of Representatives - just like in the U.S. Voters elect the Senate through a form of proportional representation, while the House uses a winner-take-all system.

The graph below shows the stark difference in women's representation between the two chambers and their different electoral structures. The graph also shows the U.S. House of Representatives, which has consistently lagged behind the proportionally represented Australian Senate for over 70 years. 

 

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How can the U.S. get back on track? The Fair Representation Act

The Fair Representation Act, introduced in Congress June 2017, would create multi-member congressional districts and implement ranked choice voting for congressional elections - all across the country. 

This bill would restructure the House of Representatives so it could accurately reflect and represent the people of the U.S.

 

Learn more about the Fair Representation Act 

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