Rob Richie

President and CEO

Rob Richie

Rob Richie has been the leader of FairVote since co-founding the organization in 1992; he was named president and CEO in 2018. He has played a key role in advancing, winning, and implementing electoral reforms at the local and state levels. Richie has been involved in implementing ranked choice voting in more than a dozen cities, cumulative voting in numerous Voting Rights Act cases, the National Popular Vote plan in 11 states, and promoting voter access proposals like voter preregistration and a lower voting age.

Richie is a frequent media source and has been a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, On the Media, and Freakonomics. His writings have appeared in every major national publication including the opinion pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post as well as in nine books, including as co-author of Every Vote Equal, about Electoral College reform, and Whose Votes Count, about fair representation voting. He has addressed conventions of the American Political Science Association, the National Association of Counties, the National Association of Secretaries of State, and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Richie and his wife Cynthia Terrell are parents of Savanna, Lucas and Rebecca.

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Posts by Rob Richie

Support for Ranked Choice Voting grows rapidly in Golden State

Posted on October 16, 2019

Despite a setback this week, Caflifornia reformers have every reason to be optimistic about expanding RCV. A remarkable coalition effort involving major civil rights groups and thousands of grassroots activists came together to urge California Governor Gavin Newsom to allow general law cities and counties to join charter cities and counties in being able to adopt RCV.

H.R. 1 advances ranked choice voting

Posted on February 28, 2019

H.R. 1's sweeping electoral reform package now includes funding for ranked choice voting-compatible voting machines

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