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, On the Media, and Freakonomics. Rob's writings have appeared in every major national publication including the opinion pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post 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

Tale of Two Primaries and How to Uphold Majority Rule

Posted on August 16, 2017

Next spring, states will start voting in primaries for the regularly scheduled congressional midterm elections in every state. On August 15, however, two states held primaries to fill vacancies -- for U.S. Senate in Alabama as the permanent replacement to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and for U.S House in Utah to fill Jason Chaffetz’ seat in the third congressional district. The outcomes were instructive for how rules matter -- with Alabama upholding majority rule and Utah allowing non-majority nomination winners -- and for why the nation should follow Maine’s ranked choice voting primaries with a close eye next June.



The Impact of the Fair Representation Act: Latino Voting Rights and Representation in the Southwest

Posted on June 23, 2017

With the upcoming launch of the Fair Representation Act, legislation in Congress to end winner-take-all elections, we examine the state of representation of people of color in the current Congress and how it might change with enactment of the Act. This installment looks at the impact on Latino representation in five states in the American Southwest, where more than half of Latino Americans live.


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