Our Mission: FairVote advances systemic electoral reform to achieve a fully participatory and truly representative democracy that respects every vote and every voice in every election. We work toward these goals by providing advocates with innovative research and reform strategy. We promote ranked choice voting (“instant runoff”), a constitutionally protected right to vote, a national popular vote for president, and, most fundamentally, fair representation voting forms of proportional representation.
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// January 12, 2015
January 26, 2015
On February 5th and 6th, FairVote is co-hosting the ninth annual Voting and Elections Summit 2015 in Washington, DC. Check out the FairVote highlights of the conference here. This is an event that you don’t want to miss, with great speakers. Register now!
January 13, 2015
Today, we are proud to publish this list of the 19 worst ballot access laws in the United States, authored by Richard Winger.
January 6, 2015
The Hyattsville City Council voted to extend voting rights to 16 and 17 year old residents in city elections after a well-attended public hearing on the issue. Hyattsville became the second municipality in the U.S. to lower their voting age.
The 2014 elections underscore the value that electoral reform can bring. More governors won their seats with less than 50% support than in a century, and most congressional elections remain locked up for incumbents. On the other hand, the four cities that held ranked choice voting elections in 2014 demonstrated the value of change -- and momentum is building.
- The New York Times editorialized on January 4th that ranked choice voting can be the best remedy for protecting minority voting rights.
- The Washington Post continued its call for ranked choice voting in Washington, D.C. in a January 11th editorial.
- Maine voters will have an opportunity to vote for ranked choice voting by November, 2016. Maine's largest newspaper has already endorsed the measure.
- Two years before the 2016 congressional elections, FairVote projects incumbents sailing to re-election in more than 85% of races.
- FairVote's 2014 projections were 99.5% accurate. Find out what that means for democracy in the United States at fairvoting.us.
- Several cities in the California Bay Area held successful ranked choice voting elections in 2014: see Rob Richie's article in the Huffington Post and our visual demonstration of the high profile Oakland mayor's race.
- Check out FairVote's new Blogspot site for quick access to important election reform news.
Catch the FairVote Reformer for the latest updates on systemic election reform.
In debating options for reforming presidential elections in the United States, the most promising alternative to the status quo is the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV). But even though we use popular vote elections to select every member of Congress and all 50 governors, some NPV skeptics warn that its adoption would have a partisan impact on presidential elections. They fear that Democrats could increase their national vote totals by focusing resources on major metropolitan areas, while Republicans could achieve similar gains only by spreading their resources across more geographically dispersed, non-urban areas. This report challenges this argument in three ways.
Nowhere in the United States are the pernicious effects of gerrymandering and winner-take-all, single-member districts more clearly visible than in the South. In the line of states running from Louisiana to Virginia, congressional races are nearly universally uncompetitive, Democrats are systematically disadvantaged, and African Americans are underrepresented in spite of the Voting Rights Act.
Through the use of sample maps, this report examines the impact that different redistricting criteria would have on partisan and racial representation in the South.
On the latest episode of FairVote Voices:
An interview with Mayor Mike Brennan of Portland, Maine on how ranked choice voting influenced how he campaigned and how he governs.
Legal fellow Drew Spencer interviews Jerome Gray about his career fighting for voting rights and fair voting in Alabama.