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Content Categorized with "Voting Rights"

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  • Testimony on Importance of Strong Voting Rights Act

    FairVote this week joined diverse organizations in affirming the continuing necessity of the fully implemented Voting Rights Act - the most critical piece of civil rights legislation.

  • FairVote's Leadership on Right to Vote

     NEW: FairVote policy brief on right to vote amendment

    May and June have been big months for FairVote's work advancing a right to vote in the Constitution.  In Congress, representatives Mark Pocan and Keith Ellison introduced bill for a right to vote amendment along lines that we have recommended, featuring quotes from FairVote in their news release. 

    Locally, our hometown of Takoma Park (MD) became the first to pass a resolution in support of a constitutional right to vote and is making concrete commitments to expand suffrage and boost turnout. One significant change: Takoma Park will become the first city in the United States to extend voting rights to residents after they turn 16. 


  • A Constitutional Right to Vote

    It is widely believed that “the right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected.” Many are surprised to learn, then, that the right to vote is not explicitly protected in the U.S. Constitution. Amending the Constitution to include an explicit right to vote would make it clear that this right is in fact fundamental. It would ensure that voter challenges to election rules would force governments to justify practices that curtail access to the ballot.

  • The Next Step in Expanding Democracy?

    Recently, suffrage was expanded in Takoma Park, Maryland to include voters of ages 16 and 17. At the same time, New York City considered allowing documented residents to vote in local elections irrespective of citizenship status.

  • Constitutional Right to Vote Introduced in Congress and Backed in Maryland City

    U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Keith Ellison (D-MN)  announced on May 13th that they will introduce legislation this week to explicitly guarantee the right to vote in the Constitution, while on a local level the city council of Takoma Park, Maryland, unanimously adopted a resolution in support of a right to vote in the Constitution and the creation of a task force to suggest ways to boost voter participation. Takoma Park also will become the first city in the United States to lower the voting age to 16.


  • Takoma Park Promotes the Vote: Will More Cities, Campuses and Organizations Take Action?

    Last night, the Takoma Park city council passed a charter amendment on first reading that, if approved when before the council again in the coming month, will be in the best tradition of cities and states leading the nation in advancing voting rights. It would establish same-day voter registration and extend voting rights to residents after they turn 16 and after incarceration. Here's why we think it's important.

  • The Voting Rights Act, Jerome Gray and Fair Voting in Alabama

    Among news coverage surrounding the upcoming landmark Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which will decide the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Jerome Gray has received partiuclar attention.. Gray has had a remarkable career as a community organizer, including helping to make sure fair voting systems were effective for African American voters.

  • Right to Vote in the Spotlight


    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an important case involving the Voting Rights Act, while FairVote is stepping up its campaign for Congress to uphold federal law and stop blocking commissioners to be seated on the Federal Election Commission. We're also excited about our new Promote Our Vote campaign designed to generate local actions to expand and protect suffrage.


  • True The Vote Fudges the Numbers in New Turnout Study

    True the Vote, an organization dedicated to eradicating voter fraud through controversial methods, issued a report on February 27 concluding that new voter ID laws  not only did not have an adverse impact on turnout in the 2012 elections, but may have increased turnout. But it turns out the report’s authors made a huge methodological mistake. 


  • FairVote Agrees: Preserve the Voting Rights Act

    The right to vote is essential for a truly representative democracy, and legislation implemented with widespread support in Congress to enhance this right, such as Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, should be upheld.