Steven Hill

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Steven Hill

Steven Hill is a journalist, lecturer and political professional with over two decades of experience in politics. He is a former political reform program director and senior fellow with the New America Foundation, and was the Spring 2016 Holtzbrinck fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He is the author of six books, including “10 Steps to Repair American Democracy” and “Fixing Elections: The Failure of America’s Winner Take All Politics.” His articles and media interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, BBC, Bloomberg Business, Fox News, Financial Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Die Zeit, Politico, Fast Company, Business Insider, Forbes, Salon, Slate, Roll Call, The Hill, Sierra, Ms., San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Boston Globe, New York Daily News, The Nation, Washington Monthly, American Prospect, Project Syndicate and many others. 

Steven is also a cofounder and the former western regional director of FairVote. He has spearheaded reform efforts for ranked choice voting, proportional representation, public financing of campaigns, universal/automatic voter registration, lowering the voter registration age, voting rights, electoral college reform, U.S. Senate reform and more. For more information, visit Steven Hill’s website at  and follow him on Twitter @StevenHill1776.

Posts by Steven Hill

Understanding the RCV Election Results in District 10

Posted on November 23, 2010

The Board of Supervisors race in District 10 was an unprecedented race in San Francisco’s seven-year history of using ranked choice voting (the first RCV elections took place in 2004). It featured 21 candidates, no incumbent and no obvious front runners.  That resulted in an election in which the winning candidate, Malia Cohen, barely edged out the competition in an exceptionally close race.Given the parameters of this race, RCV functioned smoothly to produce a winner that was preferred by the most voters. It fostered a degree of coalition-building as candidates and voters used the ranked ballots effectively, and unlike other races this race was substantially free of negative, mudslinging attacks as the multi-candidate field focused on seeking the second and third rankings from the supporters of other candidates.

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