Support Fair Elections
and a Vital Democracy
are gratified to receive a growing number of donations for our work to advance
fair elections. You can mail checks or make a secure
online contribution to the Center. The Center is non-profit, non-partisan
organization, and donations are tax-deductible. See a review of our work in 2004
gift will address a central problem: American democracy is not what we deserve.
Voter turnout has plunged to single digits in a growing number of communities,
and the United States placed 139th in a recent international survey of national
Fewer U.S. House incumbents lost to challengers in 2002 than ever before, and
for the third straight election, more than nine in ten races were won by
comfortable margins of at least 10%.
The U.S. Senate pursues its important business without a single African American
or Latino Member. The number of women in Congress has stalled at less than 15%,
and the number of women in state legislatures has decreased since 1998.
Major elections, including presidential elections in 1992, 1996 and 2000, are
won candidates who receive less than a majority of the votes. Third party
candidates all too easily can be "spoilers". At the same time, despite
strong voter interest in third parties being a meaningful part of our electoral
landscape, fewer than 10 are among the nearly 8,000 state representatives and
Members of Congress.
there are signs of hope, and it is a wonderful time for your support. On our
signature work for fair elections, we see more opportunities than ever to
promote instant runoff voting and full representation and to draw attention to
the flaws of winner-take-all elections. Our phones are figuratively ringing off
the hook every day with requests for help. But with foundations giving fewer
grants in the wake of the decline in the stock market, individual giving is
critically important. Please consider a generous donation to the Center for
Voting and Democracy.
For additional background on the Center, please read our chairman John
Anderson's December 2003 appeal
for support. For prior communications, see our archive
of letters to members. Please contact Rob Richie at 301-270-4616 or firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like to discuss a contribution or if your contribution might be
eligible for matching by your employer. Our great thanks in advance.
Center Earns a Spot in the Combined Federal Campaign
are pleased to report that in 2004 the Center for Voting and Democracy
has been selected to be a part of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
We hope that federal employees will remember us when giving through
the CFC this year!
donations at any time, you can donate online through PayPal by clicking the link
You can also mail a check to:
Center for Voting and Democracy
6930 Carroll Avenue Suite 610
Takoma Park, MD 20912
We thank you for your support.