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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// September 15, 2015
September 11, 2015
The Court of Appeal for the Seventh Circuit recently struck down the use limited nominations in judicial elections in Indianapolis, Indiana. It held that the law substantially burdened "the right of voters to have an effective voice in the general election."
Smart Ranked Choice Polling in the Presidential Race by PPP: New Poll Clarifies Nature of Donald Trump’s SupportSeptember 1, 2015
After a fiery first Republican Presidential Debate on August 6th, the GOP primary field has continued to shift and change, leaving many pollsters struggling to catch up. To the surprise of many observers, Donald Trump has continued his surge – but new polling techniques helps clarify the nature of his support.
August 27, 2015
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.
America’s history of ranked choice voting: As ranked choice voting heads toward the ballot in Maine in 2016 and toward a bill in Congress, it’s helpful to recall its history in U.S. elections. FairVote’s board chair, Krist Novoselic, shares the history of ranked choice voting and fair representation voting in the United States.
FairVote’s reforms are favored by major party candidates and featured pillar for a presidential candidate: Larry Lessig has officially entered the 2016 presidential race, and the Ranked Choice Voting Act - a reform to end gerrymandering as described well in this article by Reihan Salam’s - is a signature element of his campaign; Bernie Sanders testified in favor of ranked choice voting in 2007; Hillary Clinton supports automatic, universal registration; former governors Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee signed National Popular Vote into law during their time as governor of Maryland and Rhode Island, respectively; and O'Malley endorsed the right to vote amendment.
RCV in nomination process -- Our RCV App and value of ranked choice polling: As the second Republican presidential debate approaches, keep in mind FairVote’s ranked choice voting app with Civinomics. FairVote’s analysis of recent polls providing more information on second choices shows how it gives candidates, campaigns, and the general public a more precise understanding of voter preferences.
FairVote files Supreme Court amicus briefs on primaries and ballot access: FairVote continues to provide its innovative analysis and pro-voter perspective to activists, local and state policymakers, and to all three branches of the federal government. Read descriptions of two new briefs filed with the Supreme Court in challenges to New Jersey’s closed primary and California’s Top Two primary.
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down limited nominations: The ruling, which negates an Indiana law that limits the number of judicial nominations in the state, could significantly impact the future of both primary and general elections -- and just might create grounds for challenges to “no choice elections.”
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.
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.
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.
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.