Austin Plier

Communications Manager

Austin Plier

Austin Plier coordinates the development and implementation of FairVote’s overall communications strategy. In his outreach role, Austin works to advance FairVote’s reforms by developing advocacy strategies for policymakers and stakeholders, while organizing community support at the local level. Before coming to FairVote, Austin spent a semester in Durban, South Africa, studying the nation’s social and political transformation through the lens of youth political participation. In 2013, he was a fellow with Organizing for Action. Originally from Wisconsin, Austin graduated from St. Norbert College in 2014 with a B.A. in political science and economics.

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Posts by Austin Plier

Utah House Passes Bipartisan Ranked Choice Voting Bill

Posted on March 03, 2017

On Friday, March 3rd, 2017, the Utah House voted 59-12 to pass HB 349, a bill that would require the use of ranked choice voting for nearly all Utah elections. Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D) introduced the bill, however it passed out of committee last week with Republican support in an 8-1 vote, and passed the House today with nearly 75% of House Republicans voting in support.


Rep. Mark Pocan Re-Introduces Right to Vote Amendment

Posted on February 21, 2017

On February 15th, 2017, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-2) re-introduced a bill to amend the U.S. Constitution to explicitly grant all citizens of legal age the right to vote. As of February 21st, the bill had 28 co-sponsors.


18 States (and Counting) Introduce National Popular Vote Bills

Posted on January 27, 2017

As of January 27th, 2017, 15 states have introduced legislation to advance a national popular vote for president. The issue has historically been a bi-partisan one--according to National Popular Vote, in 2016 there were 154 Republicans who sponsored the measures and 162 Democrats.


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