Washington, D.C. City council has chance to make D.C. a "beacon of democracy"
FairVote believes that the District can only strengthen its case for fair representation in Congress through taking actions to make the District a "beacon of democracy." I provided testimony to the city council in January 2009 making this argument, with a number of specific suggestions, and my colleague Adam Fogel published a strong commentary on this theme in the Washington Post in April.
Today's Washington Post brings the encouraging news that D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (Ward 3) is introducing legislation that would increase access to voting and the security and transparency of voting equipment in the state. To be introduced on June 16, we anticipate the legislation will incorporate Election Day registration, heightened citizen oversight of voting equipment and signature proposals of FairVote such as advance voter registration for 16-year-olds and 17-year-old primary voting.