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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// November 11, 2014
The Most Obvious Option: Ranked Choice Voting for Party Leadership Elections in the English-Speaking WorldNovember 12, 2014
Next week, the results of the New Zealand Labour Party's leadership election will be announced. The New Zealand Labour Party is the latest political party to use ranked choice voting (RCV) to determine its leader. This article documents the tried and true use of RCV in internal party elections in New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and Scotland. International experience augurs well for the use of RCV in party elections within the United States, especially the Republican Presidential Caucuses in Iowa.
November 12, 2014
State legislators may soon consider changing the way they distribute electoral votes in presidential elections. Should they distribute electoral votes by congressional district? Should they distribute electoral votes proportionally? We weigh the various options and find that the national popular vote plan is the strongest policy by far.
November 12, 2014
2014 saw some key victories for candidates of color, along with some frustrating losses. The takeaway? The U.S.'s elected government at all levels still fails to reflect the country's diversity.
The 2014 elections are over, and FairVote is already looking to the future. The 2014 elections demonstrated that our congressional elections remain locked up for incumbents while other races continue to allow non-majority rule, making the case for ranked choice voting.
- Two years before the 2016 congressional elections, FairVote projects incumbent wins in more than 85% of races in 2016.
- FairVote's 2014 projections were 99.5% accurate. Find out what that means for democracy in the United States at fairvoting.us.
- Largest Maine newspaper on the petition drive for ranked choice voting in all state and federal elections, which they have already endorsed.
- Speaking of Maine, it was one of eight states that elected a governor even though a majority of voters voted for other candidates.
- Several cities in the California Bay Area held successful ranked choice voting elections in 2014: see Rob Richie's article in the Huffington Post and our visual demonstration of the high profile Oakland mayor's race.
- Check out FairVote's new Blogspot site for quick access to important election reform news.
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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.