FairVote

For a More Perfect Union

Takoma Park, MD   |  www.fairvote.org

Mission

FairVote is a nonpartisan organization seeking better elections for all. We research and advance voting reforms that make democracy more functional and representative for every American.

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Mr. Robert Richie

Main address

6930 Carroll Ave. Suite 240

Takoma Park, MD 20912 USA

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EIN

54-1635649

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Voter Education/Registration (R40)

Minority Rights (R22)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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Ranked choice voting

Our work on RCV involves both research and advocacy - most recently we have commissioned a study on the extent to which RCV has a positive impact on civility in the campaign process.

Population(s) Served

This program focuses on fixing the various shortcomings of the winner take all single member district system by proposing the Fair Representation Act, which would implement multi-seat districts with an American form of proportional representation.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As Americans, we elect representatives at all levels of government, from local school boards and state assemblies to Congress and the presidency.. With government depending on the consent of the governed,, we have the right to expect our voices to be heard, our views to be respected, and our votes to truly count.

But American democracy today is not working. Our national government is trapped in gridlock, leading to historic levels of dissatiisfaction and, in 2014, our lowest level of turnout since 1942 - and turnout in primaries and local elections is far lower Our diversity of political views are shoehorned into one of two fiercely partisan camps, too often silencing needed debate and making it hard for elected officials to work across party lines. New voices are shunned as spoilers, and with a partisan vicegrip locking down most elections for one party, too many of us lack meaningful choice among two candidates, let alone three. American governments rarely reflect the American electorate -- from women and racial minorities to urban conservatives and rural liberals.
Anita Earls"The work that FairVote does on proportional voting is so valuable, because it's one of the most important ways we can improve how democracy works." - Anita Earls

It’s easy to see that something is broken in American politics. It’s harder to figure out why—or how to move forward.

At FairVote, we think in structures. We look beyond the short-term actions of parties and power-seekers and into the systems that shape their behavior—the rules that govern our government. And when it comes to how our elected leaders behave, the way we elect them is the most important system of all. To fix American politics, we need to fix how we choose our politicians.

We believe there are simple and common sense ways to strengthen our American democracy to ensure all voices are heard, all views are respected, and every vote really counts. That's why we work to study these problems,develop practical solutions, and work with national, state and local partners to advance reforms that result in fairer elections.

Please watch this short video on big picture reforms we believe are in reach in the coming decade. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U50uJohIw4c

These reform ideas have come out of our focusing our research, outreach, advocacy and reform work on structural solutions to three core principles of a fair vote:

Fair Representation - Respecting the principle of representation for all;
Fair Elections - Elections with real choices in which every vote counts;
Fair Access - The right to go to the polls and have a voice that will be heard.

We believe that a healthy and long-lasting democracy relies on every citizen having a right to a vote that can really contribute to meaningful representation. Working together to address barriers to truly democratic elections, we can bring power back to our vote and make our democracy work better for everyone.

Our continued success relies on your support - consider making a donation today.

Financials

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FairVote

Board of directors
as of 10/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alice Underwood

Brenda Choresi Carter

Jennifer Nassour

Mark de la Iglesia

Tim Hayes

Donald Marron

Cynthia Okechukwu

David Wilner

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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