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.
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// July 3, 2014
July 31, 2014
With political polarization at its highest point in more than a century, observers often assume opposition to reform is inevitable. But there have been recent developments in bipartisan cooperation for FairVote’s Reform 2020 agenda, which we discuss in this issue of The Reformer.
July 30, 2014
U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rand Paul (R-KY) unveiled a bipartisan approach to restore voting rights to citizens with felony convictions.
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.
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.
- Virginia Democrats will use RCV for the third time in firehouse primary for Va. House
- Op-ed argues that Pennsylvania should adopt districts plus
- Major newspapers in Mississippi and Maine back RCV
- The Atlantic names the National Popular Vote Compact one of five out-of-the-box solutions
- Salon covers fair representation voting as an alternative to America’s “archaic voting system”
- The LA Times cites FairVote's work on California's partial recount system.
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.
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.