Policy Guide 2015
FairVote's Policy Guide 2015 includes one page policy briefs for dozens of key proposals, along with resources for each, including model statutory language, sample letters of support, and more. These proposals represent the cutting edge in reforms for expanding suffrage, enhancing voter access, and protecting the right to a meaningful vote at all levels of government.
Below are three tables, covering three categories of recommended reforms: those that expand suffrage and access, those that promote integrity and transparency in election administration, and those that enhance the democratic process. The columns include links to the single page policy brief, its corresponding statutory language (or link to similar language drafted by others), and the level of policymaking addressed, whether federal, state, local or internal to political party processes.
Expand Suffrage and Access: These proposals help make more voters able to register to vote, ensuring that the pool of voters does not exclude anyone unfairly.
|17-Year-Old Primary and Caucus Voting||Policy Brief||Model Statute||State and political party|
|Automatic Voter Registration at High School and Colleges||Policy Brief||Model Statute||State and local|
|Automatic Voter Registration||Policy Brief||External Resource||State|
|Election Day Holiday||Policy Brief||Model Statute||State and federal|
|Extending Voting Rights to 16- and 17-Year-Old Citizens||Policy Brief||Model Statute||State and local|
|Youth Voter Pre-Registration||Policy Brief||External Resource||State|
|Restoring Voting Rights to Citizens with Past Felony Convictions||Policy Brief||Model Statute||State|
Promote Integrity and Transparency in Election Administration: These proposals will ensure that the voting experience is easy for voters, and will inspire confidence in the results.
|Post Election Audit Standards||Policy Brief||Model Statute||State|
|Ranked Choice Ballots for Military and Overseas Voters||Policy Brief||Louisiana Statute||State and local|
RCV Ballots for Military and Overseas Voters:
|Policy Brief||Model Statute||State|
|Usability Testing for Ballots||Policy Brief||Model Statute||State, local and federal|
Enhance the Democratic Process: These proposals promote democratic values by making elections more inclusive, informing and engaging voters, and better electing candidates who will best reflect their constituents.
|A Constitutional Right to Vote||Policy Brief||Text of H.R. 44||Federal|
|Reasonable Ballot Access||Policy Brief||Model Statute||State and federal|
|High School Civics Education||Policy Brief||External Resource||State and local|
|Civics Education: Mock Legislature in Capitals||Policy Brief||External Resource||State and local|
|Districts Plus||Policy Brief||Model Statute||State|
|Non-Partisan Ballot Labels||Policy Brief||Model Statute||State and local|
|Presidential Nomination Reform||Policy Brief||External Resource||State and political party|
|Ranked Choice Voting for At-Large Local Elections||Policy Brief||Model Statute||Local|
|Ranked Choice Voting in Multi-Seat Local Elections Pilot Program||Policy Brief||Model Statute||State|
|State Voting Rights Act||Policy Brief||Model Statute||State|
|Top Four with Ranked Choice Voting||Policy Brief||Model Statute||State and local|