Deb Otis

Senior Research Analyst

Deb Otis

Deb Otis is a Senior Research Analyst in the Government Affairs Department. She is a founding member of Voter Choice Massachusetts, the campaign to win RCV statewide in Massachusetts, and she joined FairVote to continue her work supporting electoral reform at the national level. Deb's research focuses on political polarization, representation for women and people of color, election recounts, runoff elections, and the electoral college. Deb is a graduate of Boston University with degrees in Economics and Physics.

Posts by Deb Otis

Rate of “Bullet Voting” Depends on Candidate Strength, Party Cues, and Other Factors

Posted on August 16, 2021

Many factors likely influence how a voter uses their rankings in a ranked choice voting (RCV) election. As of 2021, the median portion of voters who choose to use multiple rankings on their ballot is 68%. In this post we briefly discuss two factors that affect rank usage: voters’ perceptions of candidate strength and a candidate or party messaging encouraging or discouraging use of rankings.


Explaining Batch Elimination in Ranked Choice Voting Elections

Posted on July 01, 2021

Batch elimination is the practice of eliminating multiple candidates in a single round of a ranked choice voting tabulation. This quick explainer will help you understand what it is, when it is used, and why it matters -- or doesn’t matter.


Election Day Roundup 2020

Posted on November 13, 2020

On November 3, 2020, at least 1.4 million voters participated in ranked choice voting elections in nine jurisdictions.


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