Everyone's vote should be equal when electing the president, no matter where they live. FairVote is a leader in the campaign to establish a national popular vote for president, and recommends that political parties establish a schedule and rules to promote all states having a meaningful vote in nomination contests.

Burlington IRV Race Heats Up
With the entry of a Progressive candidate into the mayor's race, and a City Councilor weighing an independent bid, IRV looks on track to be put to the test in Burlington, Vermont.

The election in March will be the first time in Vermont that an elected official will be chosen by IRV, which allows voters to rank candidates in order of first, second, third, fourth and more choices, rather than vote for just one. The decision to use IRV won by a landslide margin on a ballot question in March of last year.

IRV is supported by former Vermont Governor Howard Dean as well as independent Congressman and former Burlington mayor Bernie Sanders, and nationally by such figures as John McCain and Barak Obama.

[ FairVote's IRV in Vermont page ]
[ Learn who else supports IRV ]
[ Read a recent oped by Bill McKibben on IRV in Vermont ]


Fuzzy Math Report

Presidential Elections Inequality Report
August 10th 2009
Commentary: A cure for the political nomination process
Cleveland Plain Dealer

FairVote's Rob Richie and Paul Fidalgo offer a way to give everyone a say in presidential nominations while retaining the valuable state-by-state evaluation process. This piece also ran in McClatchy's newswire.

July 13th 2009
Albatross of U.S. democracy
Indianapolis Star

FairVote research is cited in support of the National Popular Vote plan in Indiana, because "every vote cast for president should be equally important and equally coveted, whether it originates in California, Connecticut or Crawfordsville."

July 9th 2009
Winner-take-all can elect a second-place president
San Diego Union-Tribune

The founder of National Popular Vote lays out the shortcomings and injustices of the Electoral College system, and shows why the National Popular Vote plan is the right solution.

May 17th 2009
Why states should adopt the National Popular Vote plan for president
San Diego Union-Tribune

FairVote's Rob Richie writes that the Electoral College deepens political inequality, and explains why the National Popular Vote plan is our best opportunity to ensure that every vote for president is equally valued.

May 14th 2009
Let's Make Every Vote Count
The Nation

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the Nation magazine, highlights FairVote's research in an important piece on the "broad support" growing in the states for the National Popular Vote plan to elect the president.