Paul Fidalgo - Communications Director

Paul Fidalgo is FairVote's communications director.  Until recently, he has been working primarily as a professional actor since graduating from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 1999.  From late 2001 to December 2006 Paul was performing with the American Shakespeare Center (formerly Shenandoah Shakespeare) in Staunton, Virginia, as a member of both their touring and resident troupes at the Blackfriars Playhouse, to which he fully intends to return when time allows. He has performed in other productions in the DC area, and teaches with the Educational Theatre Company.

Paul holds a master's degree in political management from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has worked in media research for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, served as a writer and researcher for Blue State Digital for the 2008 general election, and interned at ABC News' Political Unit.

Paul is also a songwriter and musician. In 2004 he released his debut album, Paul is Making Me Nervous, which is available at iTunes, Amie Street, and Amazon -- along with much more of his music. His official site is

Articles by Paul Fidalgo
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.

September 6th 2007
A voting misunderstanding
Vallejo Times-Herald

A letter to the editor clearing up a common misconception regarding the National Popular Vote compact.

July 30th 2007
Vacancies Often Create One Special Election Too Many
Roll Call

Georgia's "special-special" election to fill a vacant U.S. House seat demonstrates why IRV makes so much sense.

July 17th 2007
Independents Roil Vote
Hartford Courant

FairVote's own Paul Fidalgo and Rob Richie say a potential "spoiler" problem in the upcoming presidential election points to the need for a national popular vote and instant runoff voting.

July 5th 2007
Letter: Improve elections with rank system
New York Newsday

How IRV can alleviate a possible Bloomberg candidacy's "spoiler problem."

July 2nd 2007
Connecting young people with democracy
Providence Journal

A call for Gov. Carcieri to welcome Rhode Island's young voters into the political process with a law allowing advance voter registration for 16 and 17-year olds.