Flash Animations

Our nation's strength flows from its willingness to innovate and improve upon the American experiment. For decades a critical component to this progress has been more inclusive government through the ingenuity of proportional voting systems. Seeking full representation has been a fundamental component to FairVote’s mission since 1992. Engaged in the long-term struggle to provide fair access to power too often denied by winner-take-all election methods, we seek to empower women, local communities, and political, racial and ethnic minorities by opening the political process. This perspective is informed by a core belief: the right to rule belongs to a majority, but the right to representation belongs to all.

Click a link below to watch one of the educational flash animations FairVote has collected. These animations demonstrate how a proportional voting system called choice voting, also known as single transferable vote (STV), works.

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.