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Everyone should have the right to vote in free and fair elections regardless of who they are or where they live. To that end, FairVote advocates for enshrining an affirmative right to vote in the U.S. Constitution. In pursuit of that ideal, FairVote works to enact policies at the federal, state, and local levels that are consistent with our conviction that voting is not a privilege, but a right.



Historic Opportunity to Advance DC Voting Rights Act
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Eleanor Holmes Norton and Tom DavisAfter historic advances for voting representation for the District of Columbia this past year, advocates are pushing to pass the DC Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act (H.R. 5388) before the close of the year's legislative session. The plan would grant the District voting representation, while adding an additional congressional seat for Utah under a to-be-determined redistricting scheme. Utah lawmakers have sprung into action to create the new map,  while President Bush has recently pledged to review the legislation. Meanwhile, the incoming city administration and Democratic House leadership have pledged to support the bill, creating a perfect storm for advancing voting rights this year.

[Get Involved in D.C. Voting Rights Act Action]


Rhode Island Voters Grant Right to Vote to Formerly Incarcerated Citizens
Historic Move is First in the Nation
Open CuffsThis November, Rhode Island voters approved Question 2 in a referendum, thereby which allowing formerly incarcerated citizens who are now on probation or parole to vote. This historic vote grants the right to vote to 15,000 Rhode Islanders and makes this the first instance in U.S. history that voters have opted to expand the franchise to formerly incarcerated residents.

[Coverage of Question 2]
[More on full voting rights]


FairVote Calls on U.S. Senate to Scuttle Photo ID Legislation
Civil Rights Organizations Decry Measure That Would Likely Disenfranchise Millions of Americans
Driver's LicenseStatement of Wade Henderson, Executive Director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights:“Congress and President Bush earlier this year reaffirmed the nation’s commitment to providing access to the ballot box for all Americans.  What the House did today with its Voter ID proposal flies in the face of that recommitment.
 
The American electoral system is far from perfect but voter impersonation isn’t the problem that proponents of this bill would have the public believe. If passed, this bill won’t combat voter fraud. Instead it will stifle the franchise, eliminating the votes of millions of American citizens. We’re confident that the Senate’s measured consideration of this bill will put an end to attempts like this to disenfranchise American voters.”

[More on the Photo ID Legislation]


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Recent Articles
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.

September 30th 2009
Can a 17-year-old register to vote? It depends
Ventura County Star

"Most Californians register to vote not because a political cause has touched their heart, but rather because they checked a box on a form at the Department of Motor Vehicles when they received or renewed their driverís license."

September 27th 2009
Giving teens a civic voice
The Fayetteville Observer

In January, North Carolina will become the third state to implement FairVote-endorsed youth preregistration.

September 8th 2009
Give voters final say on vacancies
Politico

The two legislators proposing a constitutional amendment mandating elections to fill Senate vacancies make their case in the pages of Politico.