Ranked Choice Voting: More choices and more power for voters in a single election.
Over two million people use ranked choice voting (RCV, or “instant runoff voting”) to elect their local officials, up from less than 100,000 in 2003. With FairVote's help, RCV has passed as a ballot measure in at least one city in eight of the past 12 years, including Memphis (TN), Oakland (CA) and Minneapolis (MN). RCV is heading to statewide consideration in Maine in 2016.
Acting on a FairVote proposal, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and South Carolina used RCV for overseas voters in congressional primary elections in 2014. Overseas voters in Louisiana cast RCV ballots in all of their November elections for U.S. Senate and U.S. House that had more than two candidates.
More than 55 colleges and universities with a combined enrollment of over 700,000 students use RCV for student elections, a huge increase from the year 2000 due in large part to outreach and support from FairVote.
National Popular Vote: Every vote equal in the election of the United States president.
FairVote staff coauthored Every Vote Equal, the book detailing the National Popular Vote plan to reform the Electoral College. FairVote has been the research arm of the movement since its origin in 2005.
The National Popular Vote plan has been enacted by 11 jurisdictions possessing 165 electoral votes - 61% of the 270 necessary for the legislation to take effect. The legislation has passed 32 legislative chambers in 22 jurisdictions. More than 2,110 state legislators have voted for or sponsored NPV legislation. FairVote has provided intellectual and research support to advocates throughout this process.