Chris Hughes

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Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes focuses on ranked choice voting at the local and state levels, with an eye towards national implementation. He has studied and worked on voting rights, electoral reform, and civil rights, working for structural reforms to electoral systems and litigation to enforce voting and other civil rights. 

Chris graduated with a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Miami in May 2012 and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2015. He interned at the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the ACLU Voting Rights Project while in law school. Chris also served as an Executive Articles Editor on NYU's Annual Survey of American Law and represented two refugee clients through the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) while in law school.

Chris is admitted to practice in New York.

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Posts by Chris Hughes

Georgia Avoids Low Turnout Senate Runoff

Posted on November 08, 2016

News outlets are now calling Georgia’s Senate race for Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson, who will be elected to his third term as Georgia’s Senior Senator. Isakson has defeated both Democrat Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckley. There was a time earlier in the campaign where the result was not so clear-cut, and Georgia may have had to conduct a statewide runoff election for Senator due to the majority vote requirement enshrined in their constitution for all public offices.


David Grosso, RCV Supporter, Re-Elected to DC Council

Posted on November 08, 2016

D.C. Council Member David Grosso, Independent, was re-elected to his At-Large D.C. Council seat today. Council Member Grosso is a big supporter of ranked choice voting in D.C., having introduced the “Instant Runoff Voting Amendment Act” in 2014 and 2015.


FairVote Legal Staff Promote Fair Representation Voting in Law Review Issue Celebrating Voting Rights Act

Posted on August 24, 2016

FairVote staff were recently published in the Voting Rights Act 50 year anniversary issue of the Cumberland Law Review. Following up on our prior piece in the University of Richmond Law Review, our article makes the case that lessons from vote dilution cases brought under the VRA show us the way out of the congressional gerrymandering crisis, and a way to pull courts out of the "political thicket" of adjudicating partisan gerrymandering claims. Read our article here: Escaping the Thicket: The Ranked Choice Voting Solution to America’s Redistricting Crisis.


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