Ranked choice voting (RCV) is coming to Palm Desert, California. The city of Palm Desert has agreed to adopt ranked choice voting to settle a lawsuit brought under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) to fix vote dilution faced by its Latino population.Read more
The House of Representatives passed HR4. The bill would restore the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, empowering the Department of Justice to stop voter suppression laws before they go into effect.Read more
Incumbent Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin finally conceded the state’s gubernatorial election today after a recanvass of votes failed to have any meaningful change in results, capping off a tense week of speculation and debate extending into foundational democratic principles.Read more
David O'Brien is a staff attorney at FairVote, where he works on an array of issues including legislation, recounts, legal compliance matters, and contributing to amicus curiae briefs. Before coming to FairVote, he was the senior legal counsel for the Senate of the Republic of Palau. He previously worked as a researcher on The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment and in private practice. O'Brien has a J.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a B.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Studies from Creighton University. He is licensed to practice law in Maryland.