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Parsons, Penrose, and Carroll: “Pico & Proportional Ranked Choice Voting”

August 31, 2023


Raines Check: Legislator Standing and the Separation of Powers

July 10, 2017


The Value of Gerrymandering

October 7, 2017


"Ranked Choice Voting is the Law of Maine”; it’s Time for Legislators to Start Appealing to Voters, not Judges

April 20, 2018


Parsons Parses Supreme Court Decision to Hear Bethune-Hill II, Another Racial Gerrymandering Case

November 13, 2018


Rucho's Antidemocratic Instinct: "This is not Law."

July 4, 2019


Ranked Choice Voting is Constitutional

October 15, 2020


The Peril and Promise of Redistricting Reform in H.R. 1

February 2, 2022


A Powerful Tool to Take on The Supreme Court – If Democrats Use It Right

February 16, 2021


NYC Mayoral Candidates Should Adjust Strategies for Ranked-Choice

May 12, 2021


The Ticking Filibuster: How to Stop 'Minority Rights' From Becoming 'Minority Rule'

June 8, 2021


The Legality of Ranked-Choice Voting

October 28, 2021


Contingent Design & The Court Reform Debate

September 26, 2021


The Price of Free Elections

August 28, 2021


Clearing the Political Thicket: Why Political Gerrymandering for Partisan Advantage is Unconstitutional

December 1, 2015


Fighting for Attention: Democracy, Free Speech, and the Marketplace of Ideas

May 13, 2020


Gerrymandering & Justiciability: The Political Question Doctrine After Rucho v. Common Cause

May 6, 2020


Justice Denied: Equity, Elections, and Remedial Redistricting Rules

October 1, 2019


Platforms, Political Advertising, and Attentional Choice

May 1, 2020


The Future of Federalism: A Uniform Theory of Rights and Powers for the Necessary and Proper Clause

April 1, 2013


The Institutional Case for Partisan Gerrymandering Claims

August 1, 2017



Having worked with Mike on both consulting and academic projects, I can confidently describe him as a uniquely astute analyst with expertise on election law doctrine, policy solutions, and scholarly trends.

Joshua Sellers, Associate Professor of Law, Arizona State University

Michael is an incredible asset to our organization, operating in a fully integrated way with our team on ranked choice voting issues at the federal, state, and local level. He's thoughtful, strategic, savvy, and deeply knowledgeable about every aspect of our reform agenda.

Rob Richie, CEO, FairVote

Parsons Law has been an indispensable partner in our mission and adds immense value in our work to advance impartial election administration reform. Michael sees the big picture, understands the details, and helps us leverage both.

Kevin Johnson, Executive Director, Election Reformers Network
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