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

    New from the Blog

    • FairVote in the Supreme Court

      August 27, 2015

      RubinBrief

      This month, FairVote submitted amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs along with the Center for Competitive Democracy in the Supreme Court for two cases. One concerns closed primaries in New Jersey; the other concerns the "top two" system in California. In both, FairVote hopes to inform the Court of the various options states have for primary election and ballot access reform, and how those choices can affect voters.

    • A Brief History of Ranked Choice Voting

      August 26, 2015

      PartyBoss

      Ranked choice voting is not a new idea. It is constitutionally protected and has a long history in our nation. The reform is reemerging as an alternative to the two round voting use in non-partisan municipal election, and it can also work in partisan elections.

    • Single-winner Districts: Not what the Founding Fathers intended

      August 17, 2015

      256px Declaration independenceIn many regards, modern American democracy is dysfunctional -- especially at the national level. Congress is mired in gridlock; passing few laws that align with what the American people want.

    FairVote's Proposed Ranked Choice Voting Act

    // August 12, 2015

    As the 2016 presidential election season begins, FairVote's reforms are making waves with the candidates and with the public:

    • Act now for ranked choice voting: FairVote launches a movement for congressional reform by highlighting its proposed Ranked Choice Voting Act. The bill would make the U.S. House of Representatives truly effective and representative, by replacing winner-take-all elections with ranked choice voting in all 50 states.
    • Presidential candidates push reform: Five different current or prospective presidential candidates have come out for FairVote reforms: Larry Lessig announced a potential run for President, making the Ranked Choice Voting Act an important pillar in his platform; Bernie Sanders is a supporter of ranked choice voting and testified in favor it to the Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee in 2007; Hillary Clinton recently called for automatic, universal voter registration; both Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee signed National Popular Vote into law during their time as governor of Maryland and Rhode Island, respectively.
    • Ranked choice voting is online: FairVote has partnered with Civinomics to launch a new, online ranked choice voting application. You can now rank your choices in the Republican presidential field, the Democratic presidential field, or just rank seven  U.S. political parties (plus "independent"). Next month it will expand into an application for any user to create their own RCV poll for free.
    • Where to get the scoop: Check out FairVote's Blogspot site for quick access to important election reform news.

    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. 

    Fuzzy Math: Wrong Way Reforms for Allocating Electoral Votes

    Claire Daviss, Rob Richie // January 28, 2015

    States have a constitutional obligation to decide how they will allocate their electoral votes during presidential elections. Almost all states currently use statewide, winner-take-all rules, which gives all of the state's votes to the winner of the statewide popular vote. But some states have considered alternative methods, such as the whole number proportional system and the congressional district system. We look at the effect these systems would have on presidential elections. Neither system promotes majority rule, increases competitiveness nationwide, or ensures voter equality.

  • 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.