Rob Richie

President and CEO

Rob Richie

Rob Richie has been the leader of FairVote since co-founding the organization in 1992 and was named president and CEO in 2018. He has been involved in helping to develop, win, and implement: ranked choice voting in states and more than 20 cities, fair representation voting systems in numerous Voting Rights Act cases, the National Popular Vote plan in 16 states, and voter access proposals like voter preregistration and automatic voter registration.

Richie is a frequent media source and has been a guest on CNBC, CNN, C-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, including as co-author of Every Vote Equal, which is about Electoral College reform, and Whose Votes Count, which is 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. He is a graduate of Haverford College, where he serves on its Corporation. Richie and his wife Cynthia Terrell are parents of Savanna, Lucas and Rebecca.

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Posts by Rob Richie

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


Ranked choice voting elections to watch in 2021

Posted on September 17, 2021

In the last few years, more and more cities have started to experiment with ranked choice voting in their municipal elections. This November, there will be a historic number of cities using RCV for their elections -- from mayor to city council to school board. In Utah alone this year, 23 cities chose to opt-in to an RCV pilot program.


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