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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January 21, 2014
What does the Bridgegate scandal tell us about winner-take-all monopoly politics in New Jersey?
January 21, 2014
Egyptian voters approved a new constitution last week, and Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly is on the verge of passing a new constitution as well. What does that mean for elections in the two fledgling democracies?
January 17, 2014
Yesterday, a bipartisan bill was introduced in the House of Representatives to give new life to the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the law last June. The bill creates a new coverage formula under Section 4, which, though not perfect, is a clear step in the right direction.
For more FairVote reports, visit the Research & Analysis section.// March 4, 2014Texas kicks of the 2014 election season this week with state and congressional primaries. Nationwide, every House seat, most governors and a third of U.S .Senators will be elected this November - yet only two in five eligible voters will likely participate. For more information on this year's election season, read:
- FairVote's guide to the Texas primary
- State of Women's Representation 2013 - 2014 with 50 state profiles
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 a widely held belief 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 voter challenges to election rules would force governments to justify practices that curtail access to the ballot or undercut election integrity.
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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