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.
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, Rebecca Hellmich // August 21, 2014
September 16, 2014
Many consider women's success this week in Massachusetts primaries to be a big step toward gender parity. A closer look at Massachusetts reveals there is still a long way to go. Representation 2020's reforms present opportunities.
September 16, 2014
The Scottish electorate will vote Thursday on whether or not to break away from the United Kingdom, a 300 year old union. Will the inclusion of newly enfranchised 16 and 17 year old voters be decisive in declaring Scottish independence?
September 15, 2014
Hot on the heels of electoral reforms last year, small Caribbean island nation Trinidad and Tobago has abandoned plurality voting in favor of runoff voting in its national elections. FairVote is keeping close watch on Trinidad and Tobago, as political parties, legislators and citizens continue to discuss voting systems, including ranked choice voting and fair representation voting, and agitate for reform.
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 editorial
- 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.
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.
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.