For over a decade, FairVote has been a conerstone of the American electoral reform movement. Among FairVote's accomplishments:
- FairVote pioneered the call for a constitutional right to vote and universal voter registration. Our proposal of “voter pre-registration” promises to become a national norm after our research and outreach sparked adoptions in two new states (North Carolina and Florida) and advances to near passage in several more.
- Our research, writing and advocacy has contributed directly to establishing instant runoff voting as a practical and popular means to accommodate increased voter choice, high-lighted by active support by President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain and a string of ballot measure wins in cities like Oakland, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Memphis.
- As the first organization to endorse the increasingly successful National Popular Vote plan for presidential elections, we continue to play a leading role in its advocacy. We co-wrote Every Vote Equal, led the effort for the plan’s successful passage in our home state of Maryland, introduced the proposal to ultimately supportive newspapers like the New York Times and Boston Globe, led the effort to secure the support of the NAACP membership and produced several reports showing its value for promoting equality.
- We have been a consistent voice for challenging the dominance of winner-take-all election rules. We have worked closely with voting rights litigators in securing proportional voting for local elections, produced widely used introductory materials and written reports and analyses showing how winner-take-all election systems today exclude most Americans from having an effective voice.
- We have organized several Claim Democracy conferences to promote effective coalition work among reformers, including 2008 gatherings in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis.