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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// July 16, 2015
July 25, 2015
It's time for pollsters to be more innovative in surveys of multi-candidate fields like the 2016 presidential nomination contest. A new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey makes a good start in asking for second choices and reporting the totals for "pairings" of candidates. Doing so allow a simulation of ranked choice voting.
July 16, 2015
FairVote's Andrew Douglas reviews Michael Golden's new book Unlock Congress: Reform the Rules – Restore the System, which is a rallying cry for reform to fix what ails our dysfunctional Congress.
July 9, 2015
When it comes time to vote in the 2016 congressional primary elections, will you be allowed to vote in the primary of your choice? We’ve updated our analysis on every state’s rules for its primary elections: open primaries, closed primaries, “semi-closed” primaries, and the handful of states that do something else entirely.
We are pleased to see new progress and new support for our Reform 2020 reform agenda. Here are highlights:
- Supreme Court ruling presents viable path to national popular vote. Drew Spencer highlights recent analysis from legal scholar Vikram Amar regarding the Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Supreme Court ruling’s potential impact on national popular vote.
- Fixing Gerrymandering. In a July 2 article on Salon, Drew Spencer and Rob Richie called for fair representation voting as the fundamental fix to gerrymandering. On July 8, Richie was a guest on Newmax’s MidPoint and discussed FairVote's analysis of the Arizona redistricting Supreme Court ruling.
- New report exposes broken democracy. On June 12, FairVote released Decided Dozen, a new report focusing on 12 states where legislative control and most individual seats are never in doubt.
- Professor explores ranked choice voting for Boston elections. James Sutherland, of Northeastern University, champions ranked choice voting for Boston mayoral and city council elections. “Instant runoff voting elections,” Sutherland writes, “produces a democracy which matches the philosophy of the modern voter.”.
- Virginia Delegate Alfonso Lopez supports ranked choice voting. Del. Lopez described ranked choice voting (which the Arlington Democratic Party calls instant runoff voting) as “very effective.” Read Grace Ramsey’s piece on how Arlington Democrats implemented this “common-sense way of voting.”
- Updated primary elections map shows who can vote in primaries. We have updated information on congressional primaries in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Check out your state to see if you can vote.
- Duluth campaign delivers 2200 signatures for RCV petition. The Duluth Better Ballot Campaign delivered nearly 2200 signatures for their Ranked Choice Voting petition to City Hall. The proposal is under review by the Duluth Charter Commission.
- Where to get the scoop: Check out FairVote's Blogspot site for quick access to important election reform news.
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.
States have a constitutional obligation to decide how they will allocate their electoral votes during presidential elections. Almost all states currently use statewide, winner-take-all rules, which gives all of the state's votes to the winner of the statewide popular vote. But some states have considered alternative methods, such as the whole number proportional system and the congressional district system. We look at the effect these systems would have on presidential elections. Neither system promotes majority rule, increases competitiveness nationwide, or ensures voter equality.
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.