Everyone's vote should be equal when electing the president, no matter where they live. FairVote is a leader in the campaign to establish a national popular vote for president, and recommends that political parties establish a schedule and rules to promote all states having a meaningful vote in nomination contests.

National Popular Vote poised for big 2009
21 legislative chamber adopt it, NAACP endorses
The National Popular Vote plan has now passed 21 state legislative chambers – most recently both chambers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Meanwhile, civic support keeps growing, with delegates at the NAACP convention in July voting to endorse the proposal. With four states having adopted the plan, expect significant progress in 2009 , with greater urgency for legislatures to take action in order for enough states to pass it to establish a national popular vote based on voter equality in 2012.

Working with National Popular Vote and allies like Common Cause, FairVote plays a central role in this effort with research, education and advocacy. FairVote Rhode Island worked tireless in outreach to legislators and newspaper commentary. FairVote North Carolina’s Torrey Dixon sparked the NAACP resolution, including presenting the case on the floor of the convention. FairVote director Rob Richie was a panelist at a recent Netroots Nation panel and participated in the exhibit booth at the annual National Conference of State Legislatures convention. Fellow Laura Kirshner regularly publishes commentary and is overseeing a new round of research. Stay tuned!

NEW:  Lincoln Chafee & FairVote's Ari Savitzky co-author Providence Journal commentary
Press release by FairVote RI’s Ari Savitzky
FairVote commentary in Woonsocket Call, Detroit Free Press and Sharon Advocate
NAACP Resolution to support National Popular Vote
Netroots Nation page on National Popular Vote panel
Poll showing 79% favor a popular vote for president
National Popular Vote

FairVote backed reforms introduced in U.S Senate
Senator Nelson calls for advance registration for sixteen year olds
On June 6, Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) introduced S. 3100, a bill that would encourage advance voter registration for sixteen year olds, and automatic re-registration of voters who changed their residence.  S. 3100 would create a grant program to provide the States with the funds needed to implement pre-registration for sixteen year olds, so ensuring that they would be on the voter rolls when they turn eighteen.  Pre-registration, combined with automatic re-registration, would be a significant step towards FairVote's goal of universal voter registration.  The bill also makes provision for absentee voting, mail-in voting, and vote verification through paper trails and manual audits.

[Senator Nelson's statement on electoral reform]
[S. 3100]

Victories in Rhode Island, Colorado and Illinois
Key progress on IRV, NPV and 16-year-old registration
It was a good week for FairVote in the states. On May 27, Colorado governor Bill Ritter signed HB 1378, a bill to allow all Colorado municipalities and special districts to use instant runoff voting and choice voting; FairVote's Rob Richie testied for two hours to the task force that recommended the bill last year. In Illinois, the legislature sent to the governor SF 439, a bill to allow municipalities to use IRV ballots to improve voting rights for overseas voters like those serving in the military.

In Rhode Island the State Senate took two critical steps forward on the reform agenda of our FairVote Rhode Island group. It overwhelmingly passed advance voter registration and the National Popular Vote plan. Former US Senator Lincoln Chafee was a key backer of the NPV bill, which has now passed in 18 of our nation's 99 legislative chambers, while FairVote RI has brought together a broad coalition of civic groups to back advance voter registration. The House already passed advance registration, and a bill should go to the governor this year.

[FairVote Rhode Island]
[Colorado Voter Choice Task Force Report]
[Rob Richie's blog on RI wins] 
[Include Every Voter on IRV ballots for overseas voters]

National Popular Vote Wins Big in Hawaii
FairVote also helps boost NPV in Vermont
NPV HawaiiThe National Popular Vote plan holds every promise to be in place for presidential elections in 2012. On May 1st, Hawaii became the fourth state to adopt the plan, with the legislature easily overriding a gubernatorial veto by a combined vote of 56-7. Four states with a total of 50 electoral votes have passed the proposal -- about one-fifth of the way toward implementation.

FairVote's Rob Richie provided testimony to each Hawaii committee addressing the bill and FairVote-supported advocates played a key role in the National Popular Vote plan's easy wins in the Vermont state legislature last month. It is now heading to Vermont's governor. Among recent kudos for the plan are an editorial in the Nashville Tennessean, a Washington Monthly column by by the Brennan Center's director Michael Waldman and a Newsday commentary.

[Rob Richie Blogs on Hawaii's Win]
[National Popular Vote Home Page]
[Michael Waldman's Washington Monthly Column]
[FairVote's National Popular Vote Video]
[Nashville Tennessean editorial]
[Newsday commentary by New York legislator Charles Lavine]
[Boston Globe columnist, Scot Lehigh on National Popular Vote]

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Presidential Elections Inequality Report
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.

July 13th 2009
Albatross of U.S. democracy
Indianapolis Star

FairVote research is cited in support of the National Popular Vote plan in Indiana, because "every vote cast for president should be equally important and equally coveted, whether it originates in California, Connecticut or Crawfordsville."

July 9th 2009
Winner-take-all can elect a second-place president
San Diego Union-Tribune

The founder of National Popular Vote lays out the shortcomings and injustices of the Electoral College system, and shows why the National Popular Vote plan is the right solution.

May 17th 2009
Why states should adopt the National Popular Vote plan for president
San Diego Union-Tribune

FairVote's Rob Richie writes that the Electoral College deepens political inequality, and explains why the National Popular Vote plan is our best opportunity to ensure that every vote for president is equally valued.

May 14th 2009
Let's Make Every Vote Count
The Nation

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the Nation magazine, highlights FairVote's research in an important piece on the "broad support" growing in the states for the National Popular Vote plan to elect the president.