Co-founder of FairVote and former chair of the Fair Ballot Alliance of Massachusetts.
Beginning in the 1980s, Howie and a handful of other proportional representation enthusiasts from around the country began discussions through the postal mail, and eventually founded FairVote in 1992. For the next five years, Howie served as FairVote's national Secretary. In 1994, he moderated the Secretary of Commonwealth candidates forum on Voting System Reform, and was the voting systems consultant to the City of Cambridge as they computerized their RCV elections. Howie credits the historic RCV statewide enactment in Maine in 2016 with luring him back into active involvement in today's growing movement for true electoral democracy. He resides and teaches public school in Worcester, where he and his wife spend most Saturdays with their 12 grandchildren.