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Two-Party Stranglehold: Alternative Voting Models to Open Up Electoral Process

Michele Swenson | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Michele Swenson

The erosion of democracy and the narrowing of electoral choice in the U.S. are detrimental to most any issue, from the economy and health care to foreign wars.

FairVote Survey Shows Support for Takoma Park Voting Reforms

Rob Richie | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

The bottom line is that voting laws that may seem "daring" can quickly become "normal." These reforms have significantly improved elections in Takoma Park, and we expect them to take hold soon in more and more local and state elections around the United States.

Vote For Public Advocate Tomorrow

Posted 10.01.2013 | New York

The runoff election for the the Democratic nomination for New York City public advocate is on Tuesday, October 1. Neither of the two candidates, city ...

New Report Highlights Our Primary Turnout Problem

Rob Richie | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Looking at turnout in primary elections, both this year and over time, points to one of the particularly disturbing realities of participation in the United States.

Revealing Evidence of Who Votes -- And Who Doesn't -- In Local Elections

Rob Richie | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

FairVote conducted an exit survey in the Ward 5 vacancy election for city council in Takoma Park, Maryland. After collecting the exit surveys, we became particularly interested in the demographic data we collected about the participants.

2012 GOP Nomination Contest Affirms Value of New Rules

Rob Richie | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Before pundits rush on to talk of the general election and its dwindling number of swing states, we should reflect on the nomination contest and the impact of its rules.

Media Gets It Wrong on Winner-Take-All and Proportional Representation in GOP Contest

Rob Richie | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Contrary to what many analysts are saying, the actual delegate count for Romney to date is far closer to what it would have been if winner-take-all rules had been used rather than a fully proportional system.

Understanding How the Iowa Caucuses Work - and Don't Work

Rob Richie | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

The national media is in a frenzy about the Republican contest in tonight's Iowa caucuses. Unfortunately, most journalists seem to be getting the story wrong -- and a key reason is not understanding or even thinking about the rules and their implications.

Real Choices: Ranked Choice Voting Elections in 6 Cities

Rob Richie | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

This month many Americans had a chance to vote in state and local elections. FairVote was particularly focused on the first-ever use of ranked choice ...

Irish Presidential Election With Instant Runoff Voting: Voter Choice Without "Spoilers"

Rob Richie | Posted 01.08.2012 | World
Rob Richie

We're approaching a time where states and cities will have an easy decision to make: uphold majority rule in one election or keep a plurality voting system that delivers questionable results and broken politics.

The Ever-Shrinking Presidential Battleground: Richie's May 9th Democracy Minute

Rob Richie | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

The root of the problem with today's presidential elections is the winner-take-all rule established by statute in nearly every state.

Was Rahm Right About Progressives?

Steven Hill | Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics
Steven Hill

In 2009, then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel infamously said that progressives are "fucking retarded." Lately I've begun to think he was corr...

Richie's Democracy Minute, May 3 2011

Rob Richie | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

There is a lot of valuable news and analysis that flows into my inbox in the course of a day. I'm starting a new feature where regularly I will share...

I'd Like to Thank the Academy...

Gautam Dutta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Gautam Dutta

No matter what you think of Hollywood's new voting process -- which I believe is fairer and more democratic -- here's one thing we can all agree on: it will help the Oscars make more money.

Poll: Vote on the Oscars Like an Academy Member

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

There aren't many opportunities to act like Matt Damon or Julia Roberts. But this month, they have been voting for Best Picture with instant runoff voting -- and you can too. So far, The King's Speech is in the lead.

G.O.P. Rolls the Dice in 2012 With Plurality, Winner-Take-All Rules

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

No elected office matters more than the presidency of the United States. That's what makes it so remarkable that our method of electing it is still flawed.

Upholding Majority Rule With Voter Choice: It's Time for Reform

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

Lost in the battle for partisan control of Congress and state government is an important fact: we may be seeing the end of the two-party system as we know it.

Rank the Vote

Nicholas Stephanopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicholas Stephanopoulos

Instant-runoff voting is an idea whose time has come. Its advantages are indisputable while the arguments against it fall flat. America should embrace it -- and soon, so that the nightmare of Florida in 2000 never recurs.

Instant Runoff Voting: Thumbs Up From Rachel Maddow, Federal Judge, North Carolina, More

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

Ever wonder why voting for the candidate you most want can result in election of the candidate you dislike the most? Welcome to the funhouse mirror qualities of plurality voting.

Changing the NYC City Charter. Again?

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Mark Green

Why are we again debating a NYC Charter Commission in August? First, a stupid state law permits a mayor to keep impaneling them. Second, Bloomberg had to do a mulligan on term limits because of his shameful 2008 end run around two voter referenda.

Con Games: The Loony Bin of Aspen Politics

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

In the loony bin of Aspen politics, I have been trying to make sense of the nonsensical, particularly when it comes to the Aspen Election Commissions (EC) past and present

Why FairVote Opposes California's Prop 14 - But Seeks Reform

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

FairVote's Board of Directors recently voted to oppose Proposition 14 on the ballot this June in California. Here is our statement. Many Californian...

Top Two Reasons To Reject The Top Two Primary

Gautam Dutta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Gautam Dutta

Here are the top two reasons to reject Prop 14, also called the "Top Two" Primary. First, Prop 14 will stifle political competition and debate. Second, Prop 14 will deprive voters of a full range of candidate choices.

Goodbye, Granny D: Doris Haddock's Long March

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

At the age of 88, Doris "Granny D" Haddock set out on a 3,200-mile walk across America for campaign finance reform. Her inspirational life came to a close this month, a century after it began.

Con Games: Don't Make Marilyn Pay

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

You may be shocked and even appalled to hear this--and I am shocked myself--but I am actually going to defend failed Aspen Mayoral wannabe Marilyn Marks.