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Rhode Island Advances FairVote Plan on Voter Registration
Bill Would Allow 16 and 17-year-olds to Pre-register to Vote
Rhode Island Rhode Island took an important step toward increasing youth voter registration with a bill to lower the voter registration age. FairVote's John Anderson and Rob Richie joined state legislators and a leading Secretary of State candidate on April 18th in Providence. If successful, Rhode Island would join Hawaii as the only states that allow all 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote. This lower registration age presents an opportunity for schools to expand voter registration activities. It also makes it easier for young people to register when they first get a driver license.

Antonio Gonzalez, President of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, is among those supporting this effort.

[ Read the Bill (.pdf 6k) ]
[ Read coverage from the Providence Journal ]
[ Read Antonio Gonzalez' letter of support ]
[ Read John Anderson and Ray Martinez' New York Times op-ed ]
[ Learn more about the 100% Registration Project ]
[ Read Rob Richie's Speech at American University HAVA Conference ]

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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.

October 29th 2009
Plurality voting rule is the real election spoiler
Baltimore Sun

In the midst of 3-way races in NJ and NY, FairVote board member and 1980 presidential candidate John Anderson makes the case for IRV over our flawed plurality system.

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 19th 2009
Mandatory Voting? Automatic Registration? How Un-American!
Huffington Post

President of Air America Media, Mark Green, explains why Instant Runoff Voting, Automatic Registration and Mandatory Voting are not only important but could lead to a more democratic society.