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Rhode Island House and Senate pass 16-year-old Registration
Advance for FairVote's Innovative Registration Policy
A picture of young votersOn June 13, the Rhode Island House passed HB 8022 which would lower the voter registration age to 16. FairVote advocates universal voter registration, and sees this change as helpful for efforts to register all young adults as they become eligible to vote. FairVote's John Anderson and Rob Richie joined state legislators and a leading Secretary of State candidate in April in support of the measure.

Governor Carcieri vetoed the bill on July 12th citing concerns that adding 16-year-olds was not compatable with the HAVA-mandated statewide registration list. However, Hawaii has no difficulty registering 16-year-olds and complying with HAVA. Rhode Island should look carefully at Hawaii's system if Rep. Pacheco reintroduces this bill next session.

[ Text of Bill HB 8022 [pdf] ]
[ Guillaume De Ramel testimony on the Bill ]
[ FairVote's 100% Registration Project ]
[ Read John Anderson and Ray Martinez' New York Times op-ed ]

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August 10th 2009
Commentary: A cure for the political nomination process
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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
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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
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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.