Presidential Elections

Every vote cast in every election should be of equal value, regardless of where a voter lives or for whom they vote. Popular will should never be threatened by illogical, anachronistic mechanisms divorced from the democratic ideal of one person, one vote. Nor should our system be such that candidates can win single-seat offices despite being opposed by the majority. Americans deserve a system in which all voices can be part of the debate without fear of "spoiling" an election; one that is transparent, accountable and honors equality and majority rule.

Therefore, FairVote supports several reforms to the way that we elect out president. The first is the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would make every vote by every American equally important in the general election (for more information on National Popular Vote, see here).

FairVote also supports alterations to the nation's current primary system. For more information alternative primary methods, see FairVote's sister website

For more on our commentary and reform proposals, see below.

2012 Presidential Primary Resources

Throughout the Republican presidential primary season, FairVote assembled key resources to help understand the nomination process and illustrate the ways in which that process is fundamentally flawed.

Primary Reforms and Solutions

The presidential primary system is broken. At, FairVote offers a number of alternative systems the parties could use to nominate their presidential contenders. These proposals, including including the FairVote-backed American Plan, would make the process saner and allow more voters to be heard.

Featured Presidential Elections Blogs

  • Oklahoma Voter Turnout Suffers without National Popular Vote Plan

    March 13, 2015

    OklahomaPicThe current Electoral College system -- one that Oklahoma state legislators have the power to help change -- leaves Oklahoma voters at a disadvantage during and between presidential elections. A comparison of voter turnout patterns in Oklahoma and Virginia tells the story, contradicting inaccurate analysis from an Oklahoma think tank.

  • Does the Candidate Determine the Battleground States in Presidential Elections?

    February 23, 2015

    Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton speakings togetherMany are making predictions on which states will be battlegrounds in the 2016 presidential elections. Certainly a state's underlying partisanship matters. (The closer the state, the more likely it will draw campaign attention.) But do a candidate's individual qualities shape the states he or she targets, and how much?


  • Why Missouri Will Not Be a 2016 Presidential Campaign Battleground

    February 19, 2015

    MissouriPartisanship96 12 2015 02 19For more than a century, Missouri was called the "bellwether state" for its tendency to swing between Democrats and Republicans. But Missouri's days as a battleground state appear to be over, as the state has become more Republican in every election since 1996. Read what Missouri can expect in the 2016 presidential election.

  • New Report! Fuzzy Math: Wrong Way Reforms for Allocating Electoral Votes

    January 28, 2015

    DemocracyPlazaAlmost all states use the winner-take-all system to allocate their electoral votes during presidential elections, but fed-up with being ignored during presidential elections, some states are now considering alternatives. Fuzzy Math: Wrong Way Reforms for Allocating Electoral Votes, FairVote's latest report, reveals that not all alternatives are good ones. The best option for states is to adopt the National Popular Vote plan.