July 2nd 2009
Reforming Albany
New York Times

FairVote's Rob Richie responds in a letter to the editor making the case for proportional voting systems to bring substantive reform to New York's legislature.

June 29th 2009
The Case for a Diverse Bench -- and Congress
Roll Call

In the midst of the heated rhetoric surrounding Judge Sonia Sotomayor's potential ascension to the Supreme Court, it's time to ask how much we value fair representation, particularly of women.

June 29th 2009
Register Everybody
Roll Call

Editorial declares that the U.S. government needs to start taking a more proactive approach to voter registration in order to live up to the standards that other countries have set.

June 28th 2009
Voting rights: Time for new thinking, not rehashed ideas
Sun Sentinel

Mr. Guy examines why new ideas and legislation are needed to ensure minority voting rights after the recent Supreme Court Ruling on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

June 22nd 2009
Modernizing the vote
The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun Editorial Board endorses universal voter registration.

June 17th 2009
Instant Runoff Elections are a Vote for Civility
Yes! Magazine

Fair Vote's Executive Director, Rob Richie, explains how IRV is greatly benefiting the election process of Burlington, Vermont.

June 16th 2009
Minneapolis makes way for new voting system
University of Minnesota Daily

FairVote Minnesota Director Jeanne Massey quoted in article on the implemenatation of IRV in Minneapolis.

June 14th 2009
Grunge party politics

FairVote Board Chair Krist Novoselic is running for County Clerk in Wahkiakum Co, WA to awareness of problems with Washington's open primary system and support for IRV.

June 13th 2009
Registration And Voting On Same Day Sought in D.C.
The Washington Post

The D.C. City Council considers a variety of election reforms, including same day registration, advance registration for 16-year-olds and 17-year-old primary voting.

June 11th 2009
San Jose considers major change to local elections
San Jose Mercury News

Frustrated by the cost of multiple elections to fill council seats and the difficulty of limiting the influence of special interests, San Jose (CA) officials consider instant runoff voting.

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IRV Soars in Twin Cities, FairVote Corrects the Pundits on Meaning of Election Night '09
Election Day '09 was a roller-coaster for election reformers.  Instant runoff voting had a great night in Minnesota, where St. Paul voters chose to implement IRV for its city elections, and Minneapolis voters used IRV for the first time—with local media touting it as a big success. As the Star-Tribune noted in endorsing IRV for St. Paul, Tuesday’s elections give the Twin Cities a chance to show the whole state of Minnesota the benefits of adopting IRV. There were disappointments in Lowell and Pierce County too, but high-profile multi-candidate races in New Jersey and New York keep policymakers focused on ways to reform elections;  the Baltimore Sun and Miami Herald were among many newspapers publishing commentary from FairVote board member and former presidential candidate John Anderson on how IRV can mitigate the problems of plurality elections.

And as pundits try to make hay out of the national implications of Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections, Rob Richie in the Huffington Post concludes that the gubernatorial elections have little bearing on federal elections.