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:
Presidential Nominations

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