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
August 12, 2014
A nascent movement for inclusive electoral reform has been steadily growing in Nevada, and it deserves more attention and support.
August 12, 2014
You might think that nothing could be easier than voting for one candidate in an election, but analysis of voter error in California’s Top Two primary system shows surprisingly high rates of invalidated ballots in such vote-for-one elections; much higher than the normal error rate in elections conducted by ranked choice voting.
August 11, 2014
The Wisconsin Supreme Court's Decision to uphold the state's controversial voter ID law illustrates the need for an explicit, individual Right to Vote in the U.S. Constitution.
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 op-ed
- 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.