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  • Comparative Structural Reform

    Comparative Structural Reform presents an extensive assessment of the potential impact of 37 structural reforms to election laws and legislative structures in collaboration with 14 prominent political scholars. Scholars participating in the project are authorities on electoral reform and legislative functionality, with extensive collective expertise and mastery of both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the study of American legislatures, elections and electoral rules. Each of the participating scholars was asked to assess each reform’s impact on 16 different criteria fitting within four topline categories: legislative functionality, electoral accountability, voter engagement, and openness of process. Scholars were compensated for their participation. All scholars responded to all eleven surveys and provided a wealth of insightful comments, new sources, and useful information in addition to their well-considered ratings of each reform.

  • FairVote in the Supreme Court


    This month, FairVote submitted amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs along with the Center for Competitive Democracy in the Supreme Court for two cases. One concerns closed primaries in New Jersey; the other concerns the "top two" system in California. In both, FairVote hopes to inform the Court of the various options states have for primary election and ballot access reform, and how those choices can affect voters.

  • A Brief History of Ranked Choice Voting


    Ranked choice voting is not a new idea. It is constitutionally protected and has a long history in our nation. The reform is reemerging as an alternative to the two round voting use in non-partisan municipal election, and it can also work in partisan elections.

  • Single-winner Districts: Not what the Founding Fathers intended

    256px Declaration independenceIn many regards, modern American democracy is dysfunctional -- especially at the national level. Congress is mired in gridlock; passing few laws that align with what the American people want.

  • The Ranked Choice Voting Act

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    Prominent legal scholar and political activist Larry Lessig has entered the 2016 race for the White House. Lessig’s plan for promoting equal representation advocates for passage of FairVote’s Ranked Choice Voting Act. The act seeks to promote better representation and end gerrymandering once and for all, promote collaboration between parties, and deliver political representation more proportional to the composite of the people.

  • FairVote's Proposed Ranked Choice Voting Act

    • Posted: August 12, 2015
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    As the 2016 presidential election season begins, FairVote's reforms have been making waves with the candidates and with the public.

  • FairVote and Civinomics Release RCV App

    • Posted: August 4, 2015
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    FairVote is pleased to partner with Civinomics to launch a new tool for understanding electoral politics and voter inclinations in multi-candidate contexts across the United States. 

  • What the Republican Party Could Learn from the Oscars

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    The Republican Party is holding its first presidential debate on August 6, to be televised on Fox News. Fox will limit the debate to ten participants, but they could learn how to make sure all significant voices are heard from nominations for the Academy Awards.

  • Second Choices Mean a Second Chance to Determine Real GOP Frontrunner


    It's time for pollsters to be more innovative in surveys of multi-candidate fields like the 2016 presidential nomination contest. A new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey makes a good start in asking for second choices and reporting the totals for "pairings" of candidates. Doing so allow a simulation of ranked choice voting.


  • Progress for FairVote's Reforms

    • Posted: July 16, 2015
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    We are pleased to see new progress and new support for our Reform 2020 reform agenda. Here are highlights: