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Edward Still: Election systems

Most elections in the United States are run as “first past the post” elections -- that is, the candidate with the most votes wins, and voters for all other candidates are left unrepresented.  I have written extensively on alternatives to the “winner take all” elections. My published works on alternative election systems are:

  • Co-author, “Alternative Electoral Systems as Voting Rights Remedies,” 18 FEC Journal of Election Administration (1997);
  • Co-author, “One Person, Seven Votes: The Cumulative Voting Experience in Chilton County, Alabama,” in Affirmative Action and Representation: Shaw v. Reno and the Future of Voting Rights (1997);
  • Co-author, “Alternative Voting:  How it Works,” Voting Rights Review (Spring 1995);
  • Co-author, “Cumulative Voting as a Remedy in Voting Rights Cases,” 84 National Civic Review (1995);
  • Author, “Cumulative and Limited Voting in Alabama,” in United States Electoral Systems: Their Impact on Minorities and Women (1992);
  • Author, “Voluntary Constituencies: Modified At-Large Voting As A Remedy For Minority Vote Dilution In Judicial Elections,” 9 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. (1991);
  • Author, “Alternatives to Single-Member Districts,” in Minority Vote Dilution (1984).

I was a founder and have served as chair of the Center for Voting and Democracy, a Washington-based educational group providing information about alternative election systems, such as preference voting, limited voting, cumulative voting, and party list voting (proportional representation). I retired from the board of the Center in 2003.

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