Drew Spencer Penrose

Legal and Policy Director

Drew Spencer Penrose

Drew Spencer Penrose heads the legal department at FairVote. Additionally, Drew contributes to work around ranked choice voting, primary elections, election administration, and the Voting Rights Act. He and Rob Richie have co-authored two law review articles arguing for the use of ranked choice voting in legislative elections. He has also helped draft and submit amicus curiae briefs in cases concerning voting rights, primary elections, and ballot access.

Drew earned a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 2006, and a J.D. from the James E. Rogers College of Law in 2012. He is licensed to practice law in Arizona, where he has also published articles on public financing of elections in the Arizona Law Review and Arizona Attorney Magazine.

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Posts by Drew Spencer Penrose

Ranked Choice Voting is Coming to Memphis

Posted on August 01, 2017

In 2008, Memphis, Tennessee adopted ranked choice voting (RCV) by a landslide, with 70 percent of voters in favor of a city charter amendment. RCV, also known as instant runoff voting, allows voters to rank candidates in order of choice and eliminates the need for runoff elections.

FairVote Provides Research to Canada's Electoral Reform Committee

Posted on August 29, 2016

FairVote joined scholars like Arend Lijphart in submitting a brief to the Canadian Special Committee on Electoral Reform to help guide their decision making as to how Canada’s elections should be reformed. Like the United States, Canada elects its national legislature exclusively from single-winner districts, elected by plurality vote. It does not use a proportional system. Also like the United States, this causes problems.

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