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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.

  • Blog and News

    New from the Blog

    • FairVote Submits Comment Supporting Petition for More Inclusive Candidate Debates

      December 16, 2014

      1992 DebatesFairVote has submitted comments to the Federal Election Commission supporting Level the Playing Field in its mission to change the biased selection criteria for the presidential and vice presidential debates. FairVote supports alternative means of candidate qualification and believes the FEC should do more to encourage broad and open debates.

    • Party in Major Virginia County Uses Instant Runoff Voting – and Voters Like It

      December 5, 2014

      This year, Virginia’s Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) successfully implemented ranked choice voting (which they refer to as “instant runoff voting”), to select nominees for three special elections. Leaders in the ACDC have expressed their satisfaction with instant runoff voting and – according to an exit poll conducted by FairVote this May – voters liked it too. 

    • Lower Presidential Election Turnout in Safe Republican States (Part II)

      December 4, 2014

      TurnoutInSafeRStatesBlog Image2 20141204 CEDThirteen states have voted Republican in every presidential election since 1980. How does their voter turnout compare to the rest of the nation? FairVote shows their turnout is much lower... and the gap appears to be growing. (This blog updates previous findings from 2011.)

    Looking to 2016

    // November 11, 2014

    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.

    Catch the FairVote Reformer for the latest updates on systemic election reform.

  • Research

    The Role of Cities in National Popular Vote Elections

    , Andrea Levien, Rob Richie // June 13, 2014
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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. 

    Redistricting Reform in the South

    Devin McCarthy , Christopher Zieja // February 21, 2014
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    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.

  • Media

    FairVote Voices

    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.

    Jerome 2 lyn Legal fellow Drew Spencer interviews Jerome Gray about his career fighting for voting rights and fair voting in Alabama.


    urlA history of FairVote and what it does: In this special two-part episode, Drew Spencer interviews FairVote Executive Director Rob Richie about FairVote's history, reforms, and projects.


    Click here for archives of prior episodes, or click here to access our page on the iTunes store.

    FairVote Videos

    For more FairVote videos, visit our YouTube channel.  

    Reform 2020Watch our Reform 2020 video about FairVote's vision for a democracy that truly represents American diversity. 


    Elizabeth gSee Elizabeth Glidden discuss her Minneapolis' experience with ranked choice voting.