International Snapshots

FairVote periodically analyzes the institutional dynamics of overseas elections through the lens of its vision of "the way democracy will be." We look at turnout, competitiveness, proportionality of results and, generally speaking, the implications of institutional design for representative democratic practice.

Two themes run through these reports. One, "proportional voting" is not a monolith, but a term capturing an almost infinite number of possible electoral systems. Two, constitutional architects and policy-makers design and revisit these systems to achieve given ends and avoid anticipated pitfalls.

In 2006, we unveiled a formal report series. We are in the process of republishing old studies in this format. You can access these studies using the menu at left.

For newer publications, see the reports page.

Recent Articles
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 16th 2009
Haven't Detroit voters spoken enough?
Livingston Daily

In Detroit, there have been three mayors in the past two years and the current one has come under scrutiny. Perhaps a system like instant runoff voting will help bring political stability to motor city.

August 21st 2009
Black candidate for Euclid school board to test new voting system
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Limited voting, a form of proportional voting, will be used in Euclid (OH), in the hopes of allowing better representation of minorities.

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.