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 strategic advocacy. 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

    • Major County Shows Leadership on Ways to Boost Participation

      July 21, 2014

      The Montgomery County Right to Vote Task Force issued its final report and recommendations, affirming the Council's commitment to increasing voter participation, improving election practices, and supporting an affirmative right to vote. 

    • Louisiana's New Voter Pre-Registration Law Features Automatic Registration

      July 11, 2014

      Seal of Louisiana 2010Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal in May signed a law establishing voting pre-registration for 16-year-olds. The law features an innovative "opt-out" approach to voter registration that will further boost registration and participation. Louisiana has a history of such innovative election policy.

    • What's the Matter with California Turnout?

      July 10, 2014

      ResizedImage600389 bearflagCalifornia experienced record low voter turnout in the recent primary election, but adopting FairVote's four electoral reforms can help increase participation. 

    FairVote Reforms are Gaining Steam on the Ground and in the Media

    // July 3, 2014

    FairVote reforms are catching on in cities and states across the nation. Leading media are on board with ranked choice voting (RCV); others are publishing work on the National Popular Vote plan and fair representation systems.

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

  • Research

    The Role of Cities in National Popular Vote Elections

    Andrea Levien // 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

    Christopher Zieja, Devin McCarthy // 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

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    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.