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FairVote Triggering a National Discussion on Electoral Reform

As an innovative think tank, FairVote pushes the boundaries of conventional wisdom in seeking electoral rules that respect every vote and every voice. Communications director Paul Fidalgo works with our analysts to make sure our ideas enter high-profile debate. See Paul’s new Innovative Analysis on instant runoff voting's apparent link to decreasing the influence of money and more positive campaigning, major new op-eds from David Segal, Rob Richie and Adam Fogel, and Richie’s lead piece in a special series on the Electoral College in the San Diego Union-Tribune. Meanwhile, the Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel features FairVote in her new column touting the National Popular Vote plan.


[Innovative Analysis on IRV: "Good Things Come to Those Who Rank"]
[Rob Richie on National Popular Vote in the San Diego Union-Tribune]
[David Segal on Senate vacancies in the Baltimore Sun]
[Adam Fogel on expanding DC voter participation in the Washington Post]
[Rob Richie and Rep. Bill Herbkersman on IRV for primaries in The State]
[Katrina vanden Heuval’s editorial on the Electoral College and NPV]

Connecticut House Passes NPV
Becomes 28th State Legislature to Approve National Popular Vote for President
The Connecticut House of Representatives yesterday narrowly approved the state’s entry into the National Popular Vote plan. The bill must now pass the state senate and win the signature of the governor. If that happens, Connecticut would join the other member states in agreeing to allocate all of its electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, neutralizing the undemocratic Electoral College system. So far, the agreement has been passed in Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, and New Jersey, and just last week, Washington State. Connecticut’s addition of 7 electoral votes would give the plan 68, over a quarter of the way toward the required 270.

State Rep. Thomas Drew hit the nail on the head when he told the Connecticut Postthat the Electoral College “actually distorts democracy,” and Rep. James F. Spallone noted that moving to direct election of the president would “enhance confidence, participation and excitement in small states and big states alike.”

Local Coverage:

[Blog post on the bill's passage]
[FairVote's FAQ on NPV & Direct Election of the President]
[National Popular Vote homepage]

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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.

October 29th 2009
Plurality voting rule is the real election spoiler
Baltimore Sun

In the midst of 3-way races in NJ and NY, FairVote board member and 1980 presidential candidate John Anderson makes the case for IRV over our flawed plurality system.

October 19th 2009
A better election system
Lowell Sun

Election expert Doug Amy explains how choice voting can "inject new blood" into the elections of Lowell (MA), and give voters a greater incentive to participate.

October 19th 2009
Mandatory Voting? Automatic Registration? How Un-American!
Huffington Post

President of Air America Media, Mark Green, explains why Instant Runoff Voting, Automatic Registration and Mandatory Voting are not only important but could lead to a more democratic society.