Better Elections Are Possible

Home_page-_Reihan_Salam_Quote_(1).png

When you combine single-member districts into bigger multi-member districts, the picture starts to look quite different. The beauty of multi-member districts is that they allow us to use what FairVote calls “fair representation voting.” 

...Imagine if Netroots Democrats or Tea Party Republicans made an impact not by launching primary challenges but by setting up shop as separate political entities. Instead of dragging the major parties to the left or to the right, they’d be able to compete with them on a level playing field. It’d be a bit like the startup world, where venture-backed entrepreneurs routinely take on entrenched incumbents.

 

—Reihan Salam, executive editor of the National Review

Join Us Today to Help Create a More Perfect Union

Ranked Choice Voting

The Problem

The Problem

When voters feel like they have to choose between the lesser-of-two-evils, that's not real choice.

Our Solution

Our Solution

Ranked choice voting gives every voter a meaningful vote.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Check out our Activist Toolkit to advocate for better elections with ranked choice voting.

Where it's used

Ranked choice voting is used in cities across the country 

infogram_0_cb1ad06b-2ae8-48a3-a5f0-8227e0b8a626Where Ranked Choice Voting is used_7/28/16//e.infogr.am/js/embed.js?YFitext/javascript

Quick Takes

FairVote's brief and timely commentary on the latest news.

Crowded Field Could Lead to Severe Vote Splitting in Louisiana Senate Race

by Ben Fogarty

With twenty-four candidates running, the race to replace outgoing Louisiana U.S Senator David Vitter is one of the most hotly contested elections this year. While competition is emblematic of a healthy democracy, Louisiana’s current electoral system has a defect that is partly addressed by having a majority runoff but still leaves voters in a tough situation during highly competitive races like this one.

Read More

California Bill to Expand Options for Local Elections Goes to Governor Brown

by Grace Ramsey

Senate Bill 1288, sponsored by Senator Mark Leno, which enables all of the state’s general law jurisdictions to use fairer voting methods, including ranked choice voting, passed the state assembly last Thursday 46-26. The bill passed the State Senate back in May and is now headed to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown.

Read More

MetroGreater Contest Uses RCV to Improve the DC Metro

by Ben Fogarty

Greater Greater Washington and the Coalition for Smarter Growth are currently using ranked choice voting to determine the winner of their MetroGreater contest. This contest invited the public to submit small, low-cost ideas for improving riders’ experiences on the Washington DC Metro system.

Read More