Letters to the Editor

November 28, 2012

FairVote’s really bad idea

A recent Opinion section contained a letter from FairVote’s executive director concerning “Wiping out bias in elections” for the U.S. House of Representatives. I had to read it several times to get around the swamp of irrelevant facts before concluding that FairVote wants to do away with one of the most important safeguards written into our Constitution. In short, FairVote wants to do away with small, local congressional districts (because they are politically “biased”) and replace them with some kind of larger districts where several representatives would be elected by some kind of proportional voting scheme. Neither the letter nor their website provided lucid information about what that scheme might be. Regardless of the details, it’s a really bad idea.

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