House Expansion

Although a record number of women are running for Congress nearly every election cycle, many are running in uncompetitive races because they are running as challengers. Open-seats are the best chance for new and diverse voices to enter congress, and expanding the House is not only constitutional, it is what many of the founders intended at the Houses’ creation.

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Learn more about national, state and local legislation which promotes the adoption and implementation of ranked choice voting. 

National Legislation

The Congress Commission Act (HR 996): sponsored by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL)

The Congress Commission Act creates a bipartisan Congressional Commission to Strengthen Representative Democracy which will analyze the current size of the House of Representatives, examine alternatives to the current method by which Members are elected, and study the impacts of gerrymandering.

 

1. Teach others about the benefits of US House Expansion

Use our presentation on the history of US House Expansion and the benefits for descriptive representation which would accompany expanding the US House of Representatives. 

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2. Join the US House Expansion conversation on social media

Share the facts about US House expansion with these pre-made graphics and our video on the reform, be sure to tag RepresentWomen. 

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Contacting your representative is an easy, free, yet effective way to call attention to something that matters to you, their constituents and voters. This can be especially effective when an elected official is up for reelection as they need the support to stay in their positions. Below are two ways you can contact them.

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Email your legislator

If you support the Congress Commission Act ask your representative to support the legislation, with our handy email template below. 

Congress Commission Act Template 

Call your legislator

Call the Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121 to be connected to your congresspeople.

HELLO, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent from [city, state].

 

I am calling to urge [Representative/Senator name] to support the Congress Commission Act that would study the impact electoral systems, U.S. House size, and gerrymandering has on our democracy. 

 

Studying the drawbacks of our current electoral system and investigating fairer systems and strategies to be implemented are the first step in the direction of improving the descriptive representation of our government.

 

I am counting on [Representative/Senator name] to take action on this issue and support the Congress Commission Act. 

 

Thank you for your time.