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

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    • Winners and Losers among Women Candidates in 2014 Midterm Elections

      October 22, 2014

      Legislative Practices PicThe 2014 midterm elections are upon us. How will women candidates fair? Using Monopoly Politics 2014 projections, we find that the U.S. House will not move much closer to gender parity in 2014. If this election is indicative of a trend (and it seems to be), Representation 2020 reforms offer a faster path to gender parity.

    • Ranked Choice Voting in the Bay Area

      October 16, 2014

      oakland skyline bw by geolio d1ubw8sRanked choice voting (RCV) ballots are already being cast by some early and absentee voters in the four Bay Area cities holding RCV elections this November. Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, and San Francisco will all be holding RCV elections on November 4th. In light of the upcoming elections, we wanted to share a few facts about ranked choice voting. 

    • What if We Used the Electoral College to Elect State Governors?

      October 15, 2014

      OR EC Map no border tiny bmpEver imagine it would be a good idea to elect governors with a state-level Electoral College? We tested the idea in Oregon and Pennsylvania and found some remarkable results: only 10 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties and only seven of Oregon’s 37 counties would be in play, and one party could win the governor’s race while losing big in the popular vote. Electing governors by a popular vote respects every vote - and so would enactment of the National Popular Vote plan for president. 

    FairVote and the 2014 Elections

    // October 10, 2014

    It's midterm election season! FairVote's Reform 2020 Vision speaks directly to a variety of developments and calls for reform. Here are just a few key examples:

    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.