FairVote educates and empowers Americans to remove the structural barriers to achieving a representative democracy that respects every vote and every voice in every election. As a thought leader and catalyst for change, we are at the center of research, education and advocacy about 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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April 17, 2014
Why one anti-ranked choice voting agitator's mischaracterization of a withdrawn draft paper purporting to show that RCV leads to declining turnout should not be taken seriously.
April 17, 2014
The best way to make sure the votes of overseas and military voters will count is for more cities to adopt the ranked choice ballots. This sensible, simple and innovative process protects the voting rights of thousands.
April 16, 2014
New York's passage of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact leaves us 61% of the way to presidential elections in which every vote is equal.
For more FairVote reports, visit the Research & Analysis section.// March 26, 2014
In a strong bipartisan vote for the proposition that the presidential candidate with most popular votes should always be elected president, both chambers of the New York state legislature approved New York's entry into the National Popular Vote compact on March 25. A majority of both Republicans and Democrats voted in support of NPV, with a vote of 57-4 in the Senate and 102-33 in the House. The bill now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature.
Nine states and the District of Columbia have already passed the compact. The addition of New York would bring the compacting states’ total to 165 electoral votes, 61% of the 270 votes needed to activate the compact for the next presidential election.
- The New York Times editorial page encourages Governor Cuomo to sign the bill. The Times first endorsed NPV in 2006.
- Press release from National Popular Vote, Inc.
- FairVote's research on why we need NPV
- Every Vote Equal, a book in favor of NPV coauthored by FairVote's Rob Richie
UPDATE: Gov. Cuomo has signed the National Popular Vote Bill, bringing the compact's electoral vote total up to 165 votes, 61% of the votes needed for activation. Read more in these pieces by executive director Rob Richie and board member Hendrik Hertzberg.
Research HighlightsAndrew Douglas // February 20, 2014
Cambridge, Massachusetts is the only municipality in the United States to elect its city council through the at-large form of ranked choice voting, a form of fair representation voting. This report examines the effects of this system on the city’s 2013 city council and school committee elections, with a particular focus on comparing the outcome of the city council contest with the results of a simulated election using an alternative system: winner-take-all block voting.
For more FairVote reports, visit the Research & Analysis section.
June 24, 2013
It is widely believed that “the right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected.” Many are surprised to learn, then, that the right to vote is not explicitly protected in the U.S. Constitution. Amending the Constitution to include an explicit right to vote would make it clear that this right is in fact fundamental. It would ensure that voter challenges to election rules would force governments to justify practices that curtail access to the ballot.
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.
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