Posted by Rich Robinson on May 17, 2018 at 3:48 PM

May 17, 2018

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FairVote Elevates Rob Richie to President

TAKOMA PARK, Md. – Rob Richie, the electoral reform visionary who has been executive director of FairVote since co-founding the organization more than 20 years ago, has been promoted to president.

Richie will continue to lead FairVote, but with a greater emphasis on building partnerships in the reform community and directing strategic thinking and organizational development. In recent years, FairVote’s annual budget has averaged three million dollars, with a growing staff team of more than 20 employees that is assuming greater responsibility for executing day-to-day program goals.

“FairVote has experienced tremendous growth and reach,” said FairVote Chair Krist Novoselic. “We will continue to look to his leadership in his new role as president and CEO.”

Under Richie’s leadership, FairVote has popularized ranked choice voting and helped expand its use into more than a dozen American cities, including San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Fe, Minneapolis, and St. Paul. The state of Maine will make history next month as the first state to use ranked choice voting to select nominees for Congress, governor and state legislature.

“We’ve come a long way are seeing more and more of the efforts of our work come to fruition,” Richie said. “American voters are ready for changes to our electoral system. Ranked choice voting is a commonsense step to make our elections work better for everyone.”

For years known as the Center for Voting and Democracy, FairVote changed its name in 2004. As a thought leader on electoral reform, FairVote played a catalytic role for such proposals as the National Popular Vote plan for president, automatic voter registration, voter pre-registration for teenagers, extending voting rights to 16-year-olds in local elections and cumulative voting.

In the 1997 launch of its  “Monopoly Politics” series, Richie helped jumpstart attention to the role of redistricting in our elections and pioneered the “partisan index” measure later adapted and popularized by analyst Charlie Cook. Richie is a frequent media source, and his writings have appeared in major national publications and ten books,

By 2016, FairVote expanded and set its sights on two goals: expanding ranked choice voting across the country and building appreciation for the Fair Representation Act for electing Congress as an enduring solution to end gerrymandering.

A marathon runner who ran the New York marathon in 2017, Richie likens FairVote’s reform progress over his 26 years at the organization like a marathon turning into a sprint.

“I am honored and thrilled to take this next step in FairVote’s ongoing story,” Richie said, “and looking forward to guiding our team to even greater success.”

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