Winner-Take-All elections are bad for our communities.
From school board to Congress, too many elected officials don’t look like or share the values of the communities they represent. This disconnect has nothing to do with people and everything to do with winner-take-all elections.
Most elections in the US are winner-take-all, whether we’re choosing just one winner at a time, or multiple winners in a single contest.
Either way, the winners take all the representation, leaving others, even with as much as 49% of the vote share, with none.
This creates a fictional divide, leads to a two-party system that minimizes racial and economic issues, and wastes the votes of millions of people.
Proportional representation connects voting rights to representation.
Proportional representation can transform our democracy by creating a government, and possibly new political parties, that accurately reflects all of our communities, values, and issues.
Using winner-take-all systems to elect our legislative bodies leaves too many of us unrepresented and unheard. Proportional representation means a government that accurately reflects the range of communities, ideas, and concerns in the United States.
The principle of proportionality holds that the number of seats won should be based on the number of votes won. Guided by that principle, we can connect voting rights with representation and truly transform our communities.