|Area served||United States|
|Focus(es)||Democracy, Electoral Reform, Elections|
|Method(s)||lobbying, research, innovation|
FairVote (formerly the Center for Voting and Democracy) is a nonprofit organization based in Takoma Park, Maryland, that campaigns for electoral reform in the United States. Founded in 1992, it supports a constitutionally protected right to vote, universal voter registration, a national popular vote for president, as well as the implementation of single-seat and multi-seat forms of ranked-choice voting to eliminate tactical voting and enable proportional representation.
FairVote was founded by scholars, civic leaders, grassroots activists and former elected officials such as John Anderson, the former Illinois member of Congress who ran for President in 1980. It provides information to the public about the impact of voting systems on political representation and voter turnout, issues reports on legislative redistricting and competition in U.S. congressional elections, and seeks to initiate greater cooperation and coordination among pro-democracy organizations.
FairVote has been involved in the implementation of ranked choice voting and cumulative voting in cities like Minneapolis, Oakland, California, Port Chester, New York and Portland, Maine. Its projects include Promote Our Vote and Representation 2020. In 2013, it released Monopoly Politics 2014 and the Fair Voting Solution with a state-by-state review of congressional elections as they are and as they could be with fair representation voting systems in multiseat districts.
- Board Members
- John B. Anderson – Former Congressman from Illinois, and 1980 independent presidential candidate
- Edward Hailes – of the Advancement Project
- Cynthia Terrell
- William Redpath – former Libertarian Party chair
- Hendrik Hertzberg – columnist for The New Yorker
- Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont
- Tim Hayes
- Krist Novoselic, Chair – Former Nirvana bassist
- David Wilner
- Katie Ghose – Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society
- "Why states should adopt the National Popular Vote plan for president". 17 May 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- "Ranked Choice Voting looms large as Minneapolis Democrats fail to endorse mayoral candidate". Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- "Port Chester Elections Draw National Attention". June 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- "Ranked Choice Voting in Portland, Maine". Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- "Ranked Choice Voting in Bay Area Elections". Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- "Promote Our Vote". Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- "Representation 2020". Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- "Monopoly Politics 2014". Retrieved 6 January 2014.
- "Board of Directors". FairVote.org. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Rob Richie". FairVote.org. Retrieved 18 January 2013.