Posted by Ashley Houghton on September 08, 2020 at 4:02 PM


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FairVote Remembers Ted Halstead

September 8, 2020 –FairVote, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for electoral reform in the United States, mourned the loss of Ted Halstead today. Halstead, who founded four non-profit think tanks and advocacy organizations, including the New America Foundation, recently died at the age of 52 in a hiking accident.

“We are grateful to Ted and his lifelong commitment to better governing. Ted was an early champion of ranked choice voting. He helped transform it from an ‘intriguing thought experiment’ to ‘actionable electoral reform’ in a matter of years,” shared Rob Richie, President and CEO of FairVote. “He believed in the power of democracy, where people’s voices matter. Some citizens have the opportunity to rank choices in the voting booth this year; Ted was instrumental in giving those citizens that opportunity.”

Halstead launched the New America Foundation’s Political Reform Program, currently directed by former FairVote co-founder Steve Hill. Halstead also cowrote The Radical Center with former FairVote board member, Mike Lind, in 2002, which introduced many audiences to ranked choice voting for the first time.


FairVote is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans. 


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