Stephen Beban

Executive & Research

Stephen Beban

Stephen joined FairVote out of a long-time interest in electoral system design, and how reforms have been pursued such as mixed member proportional reforms in New Zealand and ranked choice voting reforms in the United States. Stephen graduated from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in 2015 with a Graduate Diploma in public policy, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science, international relations, and philosophy. Outside of work, he enjoys following shows like Adventure Time and Game of Thrones, trying new cuisine, and reading Jonathan Chait and FiveThirtyEight blogs.

Posts by Stephen Beban

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.


Meet The Team: Stephen Beban

Posted on July 14, 2016

The first time I got to vote, it was on New Zealand’s 2011 Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) referendum. It was exciting to be able to have a voice on how our electoral system works in my first democratic experience.


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