Our Mission: FairVote advances systemic electoral reform to achieve a fully participatory and truly representative democracy that respects every vote and every voice in every election. We work toward these goals by providing advocates with innovative research and reform strategy. We promote ranked choice voting (“instant runoff”), a constitutionally protected right to vote, a national popular vote for president, and, most fundamentally, fair representation voting forms of proportional representation.
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// October 10, 2014
October 23, 2014
Brazilians flocked to the polls on October 5, 2014, to vote for their next president. Yet, after all the votes were counted, no one was elected. This blog entry briefly explores the use of runoff elections in Brazil before discussing the growing worldwide movement to repeat Brazil's enfranchisement of 16 and 17 year olds.
October 23, 2014
As the voting wars continue to be waged in courts across the nation, the case for a constitutional right to vote has never been so strong.
October 22, 2014
The 2014 midterm elections are upon us. How will women candidates fair? Using Monopoly Politics 2014 projections, we find that the U.S. House will not move much closer to gender parity in 2014. If this election is indicative of a trend (and it seems to be), Representation 2020 reforms offer a faster path to gender parity.
It's midterm election season! FairVote's Reform 2020 Vision speaks directly to a variety of developments and calls for reform. Here are just a few key examples:
- Elections with third party and independent candidates are requiring voters to make difficult choices and may end with weaker winners. Learn more about how ranked choice voting gives voters more choice and more power.
- U.S. House elections: Interested in gerrymandering, campaign finance, and projected outcomes in your district? Monopoly Politics 2014 is an indispensable resource.
- Would you like to see legislatures that truly reflect us as voters? See our fair representation resources and the website for Representation 2020.
- The right to vote: concerned about voter turnout and how the right to vote is faring in the courts? See our voter turnout homepage and our work on the Right to Vote Amendment and Promote Our Vote!
Catch the FairVote Reformer for the latest updates on systemic election reform.
In debating options for reforming presidential elections in the United States, the most promising alternative to the status quo is the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV). But even though we use popular vote elections to select every member of Congress and all 50 governors, some NPV skeptics warn that its adoption would have a partisan impact on presidential elections. They fear that Democrats could increase their national vote totals by focusing resources on major metropolitan areas, while Republicans could achieve similar gains only by spreading their resources across more geographically dispersed, non-urban areas. This report challenges this argument in three ways.
Nowhere in the United States are the pernicious effects of gerrymandering and winner-take-all, single-member districts more clearly visible than in the South. In the line of states running from Louisiana to Virginia, congressional races are nearly universally uncompetitive, Democrats are systematically disadvantaged, and African Americans are underrepresented in spite of the Voting Rights Act.
Through the use of sample maps, this report examines the impact that different redistricting criteria would have on partisan and racial representation in the South.
On the latest episode of FairVote Voices:
An interview with Mayor Mike Brennan of Portland, Maine on how ranked choice voting influenced how he campaigned and how he governs.
Legal fellow Drew Spencer interviews Jerome Gray about his career fighting for voting rights and fair voting in Alabama.