Adam Fogel-Right to Vote Director
Adam Fogel pictureAdam Fogel is the Right to Vote Director at FairVote. Since joining the organization in 2007, he has conducted a randomized field experiment in the area of civics education, wrote a 40-page voting curriculum, co-authored a report on reforming the presidential nominating process and led a research team that surveyed hundreds of swing state election administrators.

Before joining FairVote, Adam served as the Pennsylvania Field Director for a voter registration project funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts that registered over 500,000 new, young voters. He was a fellow at the Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College for two years, where he designed an educational outreach program in high schools called “Why Bother? The Importance of Voting in America.” In 2005, The Institute of Politics at Harvard University adapted “Why Bother?” into a national program.

A Cleveland, Ohio native, Adam holds a Master's Degree in Political Management from The George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science and English from Allegheny College. He resides in Washington, DC.

Adam Fogel in the News
August 13th 2009
An Official Right to Vote
The New York Times

FairVote's Adam Fogel responds to a New York Times Editorial about felon disenfranchisement.

April 19th 2009
Making the District More of a Democracy
The Washington Post

FairVote's Adam Fogel shows how Washington, DC can move toward the goal of universal voter registration before it receives a vote in Congress.

December 17th 2008
Electoral College debate reignites
Small Newspaper Group (Illinois)

The debate over the Electoral College reignites in the land of Lincoln.

December 15th 2008
Cruise keeps local elector from historic Obama vote
Quad Cities Online

FairVote's Adam Fogel quoted on the National Popular Vote plan.

November 2nd 2008
Your Career: Should Election Day be a holiday?

FairVote's Adam Fogel discusses the importance of paid time-off work to vote on Election Day.

October 30th 2008
Feds must modernize voter registration to end fraud
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In an opinion piece, FairVote's Rob Richie and Adam Fogel explain how federal and state officials can modernize the U.S. voter registration system.

October 30th 2008
Lawyers eye Missouri on Tuesday
Kansas City Star

This Kansas City Star article cites FairVote's Democracy SoS report on Missouri election administration and preparedness.

October 29th 2008
eCRASH: Elections Web site goes down on absentee ballot deadline
Capital News Service

FairVote's Adam Fogel comments on Maryland Board of Elections' website crash near the absentee voting deadline.

October 17th 2008
Election coverage: Elections results in Lake County could be compromised
Lake County Journals

FairVote's Adam Fogel comments on mail-in voter registration problems in Lake County (IL).

October 17th 2008
Doing Democracy Right

FairVote's Adam Fogel discusses deficiencies in the U.S. voter registration system and how it can be improved.

October 7th 2008
Voting rolls grow 217,160
The Denver Post

This article in The Denver Post highlights FairVote's Democracy SoS research that shows a lack of uniformity in Colorado's election administration.

September 8th 2008
Vote 2008: Polling booth numbers could be cause for concern
Santa Fe New Mexican

FairVote report on election administration is featured in this article on potential Election Day problems in New Mexico.

August 25th 2008
Political process edges out the public
The Buffalo News

FairVote's Adam Fogel quoted in an option piece in the Buffalo News that argues that the government should make it easier for New Yorkers to vote.

July 26th 2008
Americans don't vote for long list of reasons
The Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Star takes a look at several reasons for low voter turnout in the U.S. FairVote's Adam Fogel says the government is not making an effort to ensure full, accurate voter rolls.

July 21st 2008
Influx of Voters Likely to Test New Machines
New York Times

Article on likely problems with voting in November's elections, including a quote from FairVote's Adam Fogel on voting machine shortages.

May 10th 2008
Fox Chapel students support primary vote change
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Over 100 students attended a State Government Committee hearing in Pittsburgh, PA in support of 17-year-old primary voting rights. FairVote's Adam Fogel also testified at the hearing.

May 5th 2008
Summer campaign guide
New York Times Upfront

FairVote's Adam Fogel discusses the surge in youth voter turnout in the presidential primaries.

April 19th 2008
All who will be 18 by fall should get to vote
Concord Monitor

FairVote's Adam Fogel argues that New Hampshire's state parties should take the lead on giving eligible 17-year-olds the right to vote in their primary elections.

April 3rd 2008
Delegating Democracy

March 14th 2008
If you register them, they will vote Maryland Community Newspapers Online

FairVote's Adam Fogel encourages the Maryland General Assembly to set a uniform voter registration age of 16.

March 4th 2008
Should 17 Year Olds Vote in the Primaries?

FairVote's Adam Fogel discusses the increase in youth participation in the presidential primaries and the benefits of allowing 17-year-olds to vote if they'll be 18 by November.

February 1st 2008
Experts Say Young Voters Will Play Pivotal Role in 2008
Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

FairVote's Right to Vote Director Adam Fogel comments on youth voter participation going into the Feb. 5 "Super Tuesday" contests in 22 states.

January 8th 2008
Generation NR (not-registered)
Wiretap Magazine

FairVote's Adam Fogel and Ari Savitzky discuss youth voter registration policy and improving civic participation.

December 21st 2007
17-year-olds can vote in primary
The Baltimore Sun

MD Board of Elections allows 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if 18 by the general election. FairVote plans education campaign to get the word out.

December 20th 2007
Reversal on teen voting likely
The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Maryland BOE is expected to reverse itself by allowing 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the general to vote in primary elections.

December 19th 2007
Gansler Urges Md. to Allow 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primary
The Washington Post

With the Maryland AG backing 17-year-old voting in primaries, the State Board of Elections is expected to reverse its policy tomorrow. FairVote is set to begin a public information campaign to notify students of the change.

December 6th 2007
One Student, No Vote
The American Prospect

Adam Doster of the American prospect takes on the issue of student voter discrimination and disenfranchisement. Right to Vote Director Adam Fogel shares his experiences during the '06 election.

November 16th 2007
Lessons in democracy
The Baltimore Sun

Right to Vote Director Adam Fogel introduces FairVote's 100% Youth Voter Registration project and discusses the Learning Democracy voting curriculum in the Baltimore Sun's 2007 Charity Giving Guide.

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