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FairVote donations matched through July 4th
We want to ask for your help so we can seize this coming year's great opportunities to advance FairVote’s reform vision. New legislation is moving, new charter commissions are proposing our reforms, new communities are using instant runoff voting, and new writing and research has strengthened the case for transforming elections. We’ve also made important internal changes to strengthen FairVote. The pinnacle of our efforts will be a redesigned website to be unveiled this August. It represents a leap in showcasing why change is needed and how supporters can get involved.

Due to a generous offer from FairVote's board of directors, all new donors will have their contributions doubled if made or pledged by July 4th. The board will also match any gift from current donors beyond their 2008 donations. Please make a gift to FairVote today!

Supreme Court Upholds Voting Rights Act
The Supreme Court on June 22 upheld a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. FairVote applauds the ruling, agreeing with the Court's 8-1 majority that a full and equal right to vote is at the core of our democracy. Although the United States has made significant progress in protecting voting rights, discrimination in voting requires vigorous attention and enforcement. Congress in 2006 overwhelmingly voted to extend voting rights protections after considering plentiful evidence. The Voting Rights Act remains vital to our democracy and to our nation, and the Court's decision preserves that law.

This ruling should inspire further action to enhance protections of the right to vote, with action on proposals like universal voter registration, proportional voting systems and a constitutional right to vote. FairVote also is co-sponsoring a Washington, D.C. conference on the future of voting rights that will be streamed live.

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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.