Rob Richie

Executive Director

Rob Richie

Rob Richie has been the executive director of FairVote since co-founding the organization in 1992. He has played a key role in advancing, winning, and implementing electoral reforms at the local and state levels. Rob has been involved in implementing ranked choice voting in more than a dozen cities, cumulative voting in numerous Voting Rights Act cases, the National Popular Vote plan in 11 states, and promoting voter access proposals like voter preregistration and a lower voting age.


He is a frequent media source and has been a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered and Fresh Air, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and NBC. Rob's writings have appeared in every major national publication as well as in nine books, including as co-author of Every Vote Equal, about Electoral College reform, and Whose Votes Count, about fair representation voting. He has addressed conventions of the American Political Science Association, the National Association of Counties, the National Association of Secretaries of State, and the National Conference of State Legislatures. He serves on the Haverford College Corporation, and he and his wife Cynthia Terrell have three children.

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Posts by Rob Richie


Correcting Washington Post on Presidential Partisanship Trends

Posted on September 06, 2016

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza in his "Monday Fix" political column writes that "Minnesota and Wisconsin are getting slightly more Republican with each passing presidential election, but it is a very slow change." This isn't true, actually, and a good reminder of why the National Popular Vote plan for president is so important.


The Competition Problem is Real: A Response to FiveThirtyEight, Part 1

Posted on August 29, 2016

Professors Hersh and Fraga’s analysis of electoral competition makes the case that “the picture is much rosier” than FairVote characterizes in calling one of our reports “dubious democracy.” But we stand firmly by our position. In this first post we examine the presidential elections and show that that levels of electoral competition in states are far from healthy. Without rose-tinted glasses, this conclusion is inescapable.


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