The Right to Vote Initiative
The right to cast a free and secret ballot is the foundation of American democracy. Yet it has become all too clear that our voting system remains deeply flawed. In recent elections, we have seen millions of U.S. citizens denied the right to vote because of voter registration problems, lost or miscounted votes, language barriers, felony convictions, and targeted voter disenfranchisement.

To address these problems, FairVote has launched the Right to Vote Initiative. This initiative seeks to ensure that the right of every U.S. citizen to vote is enshrined in our Constitution and that our voting system is fair and equally accessible to all Americans. It urges the government to make universal voter registration a priority to ensure complete and accurate voter rolls.

To further these ends, the Right to Vote Initiative will perform research, analyze legislation, and develop policies to ensure that neither state nor national laws will restrict the ability of citizens to cast a ballot.

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 driver´┐Żs 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

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