Rob Richie

President and CEO

Rob Richie

Rob Richie has been the leader of FairVote since co-founding the organization in 1992, was named its president and CEO in 2018, and has led FairVote Action since 2002. He has been involved in helping to develop, win, and implement ranked choice voting, proportional voting, Electoral College reform, and automatic voter registration in states and cities across the country.

Richie is a frequent media source and has been a guest on CNBCC-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR’s All Things Considered, NBC, 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 11 books. He is co-author of Every Vote Equal and Whose Votes Count and has addressed conventions of the American Political Science Association, the National Association of Secretaries of State, and the National Conference of State Legislatures. He is a graduate of Haverford College, where he serves on its Corporation. Richie and Cynthia Richie Terrell are the parents of Savanna, Lucas, and Rebecca.

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Posts by Rob Richie

A better way to elect France’s president

Posted on April 22, 2022

The French presidential election is headed to a rematch runoff on April 24, with polls showing a thin margin between centrist President Emmanuel Macron and far-right challenger Marine Le Pen. A Le Pen win could mark a major turn – the first far-right president – for one of Europe’s largest democracies.

Help Fund the Movement for Better Elections

Posted on November 29, 2021

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday. In this week of family gatherings and expressions of gratitude, I wanted to express my thanks to all of you in our growing family of donors. Please consider a contribution to FairVote. Your donation will help pass election reforms that make our nation stronger and fairer for everyone.

Election Day at FairVote

Posted on November 02, 2021

Today is Election Day in much of the country, including city elections, statewide ballot measures and gubernatorial and state legislative elections in Virginia and New Jersey. If you have an opportunity to vote, please consider doing so -- our representative democracy starts with all of us. It’s been a busy fall at FairVote - and an historic one for ranked choice voting. Here are highlights

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