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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.

  • Blog and News

    New from the Blog

    • Voting and Elections Summit 2015: FairVote Highlights

      January 26, 2015

      Summit 2015 ImageOn 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!

    • The Worst Ballot Access Laws in the United States

      January 13, 2015

      Ballot Access Petition 570x320Today, we are proud to publish this list of the 19 worst ballot access laws in the United States, authored by Richard Winger.

    • Hyattsville Extends Voting Rights to 16 and 17 Year Olds

      January 6, 2015

      Voting Age Hearing Hyattsville

      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.


    Momentum for Ranked Choice Voting

    // January 12, 2015

    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.

    Catch the FairVote Reformer for the latest updates on systemic election reform.

  • Research

    The Role of Cities in National Popular Vote Elections

    Rob Richie, Andrea Levien, // June 13, 2014
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    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. 

    Redistricting Reform in the South

    Christopher Zieja, Devin McCarthy // February 21, 2014
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    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.

  • Media

    FairVote Voices

    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.

    Jerome 2 lyn Legal fellow Drew Spencer interviews Jerome Gray about his career fighting for voting rights and fair voting in Alabama.


    urlA history of FairVote and what it does: In this special two-part episode, Drew Spencer interviews FairVote Executive Director Rob Richie about FairVote's history, reforms, and projects.


    Click here for archives of prior episodes, or click here to access our page on the iTunes store.

    FairVote Videos

    For more FairVote videos, visit our YouTube channel.  

    Reform 2020Watch our Reform 2020 video about FairVote's vision for a democracy that truly represents American diversity. 


    Elizabeth gSee Elizabeth Glidden discuss her Minneapolis' experience with ranked choice voting.