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Research & Analysis

For years, FairVote has written widely and substantively about important democracy issues and has performed groundbreaking research on elections at home and abroad.

We pursue innovative research to demonstrate the flaws in America's election laws, understanding  that reform solutions should only come after successfully defining the problems we want to solve. Examples include a report on a range of ways the parties could improve their presidential nomination processes; a bi-annual report on how runoff and primary elections affect voter turnout; congressional election analyses that provide state-by-state details on lack of competition and fair representation over the past 14 House elections; and an exhaustive review of preparation (and lack thereof) on ballot design and prevention of long voting lines in hundreds of counties during the 2008 elections.

Research Reports analyze American and international election systems, studying their effects on voter participation, fairness in representation, and competitive choice.

Policy Perspectives provide elected officials, reform advocates, and the media with analyses of elections and electoral reform issues at every level of government.

Democracy Innovations introduce new ideas and strategies to advance our vision of a democracy that respects every vote and every voice.

Policy Perspectives

  • Redistricting Reform in the South

    February 21, 2014

    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.

  • The Effect of Fair Representation Voting on 2013 Cambridge, Massachusetts Municipal Elections

    February 20, 2014

    Cambridge, Massachusetts is the only municipality in the United States to elect its city council through the at-large form of ranked choice voting, a form of fair representation voting. This report examines the effects of this system on the city’s 2013 city council and school committee elections, with a particular focus on comparing the outcome of the city council contest with the results of a simulated election using an alternative system: winner-take-all block voting.

  • Monopoly Politics 2014 and the Fair Voting Solution

    November 7, 2013

    FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2014 and the Fair Voting Solution report includes projections for every district in the country in the 2014 midterm House elections, in-depth analysis of the problems with American congressional elections as they are, and our 50-state plan for electing Congress under a fair representation voting system that could be enacted by Congress.