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  • Historic Election Promises Major Reform

    2008 was an historic election in terms of the election of the first African American to be president and the largest number of voters at the polls in our history. But in this modern age, there is no excuse for privately-owned voting machines that breed mistrust, confusing ballot designs, polling places with long lines, voter registration laws that leave nearly a third of Americans off the rolls, an Electoral College system that undercuts equality and voting methods that suppress voter choice and stifle fair representation.

  • About that election: a handy guide

    • Posted: November 2, 2008
    • Categories: FairVote

    Few days left before the elections,read the handy guide of Matt Sledge, Director of FairVote Rhode Island.

  • FairVote Releases Report on Election Administration

    FairVote released the National Edition of a report series that seeks to shed light on the practices of county election officials responsible for running efficient elections this November.

  • FairVote's Campaign Tracker attracts media attention

    In 2008 the campaigns and the media are heavily focused on the presidential battlegrounds – to the point where 26 states have not had a single public event by one of the major party presidential or vice-presidential nominees since the Republican convention. Boosted by the work of David Schnicke and Laura Kirshner, FairVote’s new “campaign trackers” for presidential campaign visits and advertisement spending has garnered significant media attention. 

  • Second round of candidate survey begins

    • Posted: October 16, 2008
    • Categories: FairVote

    The second round of FairVote's 2008 General Assembly candidate survey has begun. Once again we're asking candidates to weigh in on everything from the national popular vote to youth civics education. High-profile candidates like House Majority Leader Gordon Fox and Senator Joshua Miller have already responded.

  • Absentee ballot request deadline

    • Posted: October 14, 2008
    • Categories: FairVote

    Tuesday, October 14th is the absentee ballot request deadline. For those committed presidential organizers planning on running up to New Hampshire for get out the vote efforts come November 4th, you will need to turn in your ballot request (and it cannot just be postmarked by the 14th; you will need to deliver it to your Board of Canvassers in person).

  • Secretary of State predicts record turnout

    • Posted: October 6, 2008
    • Categories: FairVote

    This Sunday FairVote RI witnessed voter excitement first-hand, registering many in both English and Spanish at the Broad Street Farmers Market.

  • October Email Update

    • Posted: October 3, 2008
    • Categories: FairVote

    October Email Update by Matt Sledge, Director of FairVote Rhode Island

  • New Zealand's capital city votes to keep choice voting

    New Zealand continues to show leadership in providing its voters with fair representation and meaningful ballot choices. After a three-week postal voting campaign, on September 27th the city of Wellington (the nation's capital and its second largest city) announced that a majority voted to keep the choice voting method of proportional representation for city council elections and instant runoff voting for its mayoral elections.

  • General Election Registration Deadline Approaching

    • Posted: September 27, 2008
    • Categories: FairVote

    The presidential election season is in full swing, and FairVote RI reminds Rhode Islanders that there are a few scant days before the voter registration deadline, October 4th.