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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// February 23, 2015
February 23, 2015
Many are making predictions on which states will be battlegrounds in the 2016 presidential elections. Certainly a state's underlying partisanship matters. (The closer the state, the more likely it will draw campaign attention.) But do a candidate's individual qualities shape the states he or she targets, and how much?
February 22, 2015
More than a decade ago, FairVote became the leading institutional voice calling for establishing an explicit individual right to vote in the U.S. Constitution. This weekend, a major new player emerged: the Democratic National Committee.
February 19, 2015
For more than a century, Missouri was called the "bellwether state" for its tendency to swing between Democrats and Republicans. But Missouri's days as a battleground state appear to be over, as the state has become more Republican in every election since 1996. Read what Missouri can expect in the 2016 presidential election.
FairVote's reforms continue to gain steam, as organizations and individuals recognize and defend their potential to make every vote count in every election. In particular, many are advocating for adopting a constitutional right to vote and using ranked choice voting in local and statewide elections. Here is the latest:
- The ever-growing coalition of groups supporting the right to vote in the U.S. Constitution now includes the DNC, which unanimously approved the effort in the executive committee. Rob Richie discusses the decision in the Huffington Post Blog.
- FairVote staffer Dania Korkor describes the importance of a constitutional right to vote in two minutes at the 2015 Voting and Elections Summit.
- Speaking of the 2015 Voting and Elections Summit, see this collection of videos from the event, including Congress Member Keith Ellison, sponsor of H.J. Res. 25, speaking on the proposed right to vote constitutional amendment.
- Fair representation voting continues to gain media attention. The Atlantic highlighted FairVote work on multi-winner districts and ranked choice voting.
- Support for ranked choice voting in Maine continues to grow. Recent media pieces include a detailed op-ed by Polly Ward of the Maine League of Women Voters and a volunteer's letter about his experience gathering signatures in sub-freezing temperatures.
- The Academy Awards aired last night. See how the results in our Best Picture poll compare to the actual winners.
- 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.
States have a constitutional obligation to decide how they will allocate their electoral votes during presidential elections. Almost all states currently use statewide, winner-take-all rules, which gives all of the state's votes to the winner of the statewide popular vote. But some states have considered alternative methods, such as the whole number proportional system and the congressional district system. We look at the effect these systems would have on presidential elections. Neither system promotes majority rule, increases competitiveness nationwide, or ensures voter equality.
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.