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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// August 21, 2014
September 12, 2014
Yes, voters in 146 counties could theoretically elect a president under NPV. Why that’s no problem – and why our current system is much, much worse.
September 11, 2014
Our latest analysis on the proportion of women in the the nation's top 100 cities reveals dramatic disparity. Women are underrepresented in the large majority of U.S. cities. Women are, however, more likely to be represented in city councils that use citywide elections, as opposed to single member districts, to elect at least some of their city council members.
For State Legislators, Reese’s May Be the Sweetest Thing: Ranked Choice Voting in Action at the NCSL Legislative SummitSeptember 10, 2014
FairVote’s booth at the annual legislative summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) was election central for the Rank Your Candy mock election using ranked choice voting. It was a hard-fought campaign and all of the candydates put forth a great effort but in the end Reese's had the broadest base of support and was declared the winner.
Fair representation voting and ranked choice voting systems received significant media attention this month, with several notable publications featuring FairVote’s work and running expert commentary by FairVote staff and allies. Here are some of the highlights:
- The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel cites FairVote in her broadly published op-eds backing National Popular Vote and fair representation systems
- Washington Post editorial board supports the revival of multi-seat congressional districts in this editorial
- Jesse Jackson cites FairVote’s work on House Joint Resolution 44 in this Chicago Sun-Times op-ed; recently, he worked with the Cincinnati City Council to pass a resolution in support of an explicit right to vote in Constitution
- Executive Director Rob Richie’s piece on Florida redistricting runs in Huffington Post and Gainesville Sun, and New York Times publishes his letter to the editor
- Taunton Daily Gazette and MinnPost op-eds support use of Instant Runoff Voting, a form of ranked choice voting
- Richie discusses Rockville’s voter turnout and lowering voting age in local Gazette
- An op-ed in Washington paper touts proportional representation
Catch the FairVote Reformer for the latest updates on systemic election reform.
ResearchAndrea Levien // June 13, 2014
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.Christopher Zieja // February 21, 2014
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.