Multi-Winner Districts

In the U.S. and other countries women fare best in proportional representation systems. Ranked choice voting with multi-winner districts is the best way of implementing proportional representation. And better yet, the U.S. has a long history of using ranked choice voting with multi-winner districts, which we can build upon.

 

Our partners in this reform include: FairVote; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Rep. Don Beyer (Va.)

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Learn about the legislation supporting the change to multi-winner districts. 

National Legislation

The Fair Representation Act: sponsored by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA)

The Fair Representation Act includes the use of ranked choice voting and multi-winner districts to elect members of the U.S. House of Representatives. To learn more about the benefits of the FRA look through our informational handout below. 

Handout 

 

1. Teach others about the benefits of multi-winner districts 

Use our presentation on how multi-winner districts in the U.S. and how they help elect more women and other underrepresented groups. 

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2. Join the multi-winner district conversation on social media

Share the facts about multi-winner districts with these pre-made graphics 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.

Not sure who your representative is? Click here to look them up using your zipcode!

Email your legislator

If you support the Fair Representation Act ask your representative to support the FRA, with our handy email template below.

FRA 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 make women’s equal representation in government a reality by supporting reforms like the Fair Representation Act that would help more women and people of color be elected to office. Fair representation is critical for a strong democracy, because it helps ensure that every vote counts, all voices are heard, and everyone has an equal opportunity to serve in elected office.

 

I also want to urge [Representative/Senator name] to support recruitment targets for women candidates for the [Republican/Democratic] party. The U.S. lags behind 70+ countries for women’s representation, because many countries have implemented clear goals and targets that allow women to be elected to office. By demonstrating commitment to women’s access to leadership, [Representative/Senator name] and the [Republican/Democratic] party can lead the way in advocating for a fairer democracy.

 

I am counting on [Representative/Senator name] to take action on this issue. After all, women are 51% of your constituency.

 

Thank you for your time.