Stephen Beban

Executive and 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

Washington Top Two Highlights

Posted on November 08, 2016

As of tonight, Washington has experienced its 5th cycle using the Top Two system. While most of the races featured familiar Democratic-Republican match-ups, three others stand-out: a couple of intraparty congressional races (one with two Democrats, and the other with two Republicans) that are the hallmark exhibits of the opportunities Top Two affords; and a state executive race that showcases the potential for misfires. We consider their implications below.



Early Indicators of the National Popular Vote for President

Posted on November 08, 2016

The patterns that are emerging based on the reported votes from states that have been the earliest to close their polls, relative to those states’ partisanship, may offer early indications of where the popular vote will wind up nationally.


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