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Staff Attorney

Posted on Law and Policy Department David O'brien on September 02, 2018

David O'Brien is a Staff Attorney at FairVote, where he works on an array of issues including legislation,  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. He 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.

 


For the first time, a court adopts fair representation to remedy a Calif. Voting Rights Act lawsuit

Posted on What's New David O'brien on August 27, 2018
For the first time, a court adopts fair representation to remedy a Calif. Voting Rights Act lawsuit

The case could have important implications for the CVRA and its ability to protect voting rights generally.

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Reconsidering the presidential recount system

Posted on What's New David O'brien on August 22, 2018
Reconsidering the presidential recount system

Presidential elections in 2000 and 2016 have exposed the country's recount system as at best, deficient.

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Pennsylvania and new report show an alternative path to end gerrymandering

Posted on What's New David O'brien on February 21, 2018
Pennsylvania and new report show an alternative path to end gerrymandering

As Pennsylvania shows, state-focused reform is possible but it won’t be easy

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Recounts, reversals, and ties in Virginia’s 94th District

Posted on What's New David O'brien on December 21, 2017
Recounts, reversals, and ties in Virginia’s 94th District

A tied election for a seat in Virginia's state House of Delegates will come down to winner's name being pulled from a hat... and it could tip the balance of power in the Commonwealth.

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Atlanta’s recount turned out about how you would expect (given the data)

Posted on Quick News David O'brien on December 18, 2017
Atlanta’s recount turned out about how you would expect (given the data)

After the recount, Mary Norwood had cut Keisha Lance Bottoms’ lead by only 11 votes.

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Why a recount won’t elect Roy Moore

Posted on What's New David O'brien on December 14, 2017
Why a recount won’t elect Roy Moore

This week Democrat Doug Jones upset Republican Roy Moore to win Alabama’s special election for the U.S. Senate. Moore, however, has not yet conceded and has indicated that he may seek a recount.

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The other court fight over gerrymandering

Posted on What's New David O'brien on November 21, 2017
The other court fight over gerrymandering

There's another fight over gerrymandering in a crucial swing state.

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Connecticut Continues Tradition of Minority Party Representation in 2017

Posted on Quick News David O'brien on November 09, 2017
Connecticut Continues Tradition of Minority Party Representation in 2017

On Tuesday, voters across Connecticut went to the polls to vote to elect their local governments. Seventy-eight municipal councils and boards across the state are elected using a form of fair representation voting.

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A report from inside the Supreme Court hearing on partisan gerrymandering and meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger

Posted on What's New David O'brien on October 04, 2017
A report from inside the Supreme Court hearing on partisan gerrymandering and meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger

David O'Brien was at the Supreme Court yesterday and heard arguments for Gill v. Whitford, a constitutional challenge to Wisconsin’s state legislative districts.

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