Reform 2020 Agenda

FairVote's Reform 2020 agenda is composed of 4 structural changes necessary to drastically improve our democracy and ensure respect for every vote and every voice. FairVote announced the agenda in 2014 and in just 2 years we have seen progress across the country and at a national level to advance these reforms. 

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Fair Voting for Congress and Legislatures

Congressional elections are broken. The House of Representatives, created to be "the people's house" has become ineffective, unrepresentative, and unaccountable. Partisan polarization stifles practical legislation, skewed results divorce voters from their representatives, and the lack of competition means too many voices go unheard in elections. 

The American people want a Congress that functions effectively and is truly of, by, and for the people. It's time to level the playing field and advance representative democracy with fair representation voting. These proposals help ensure that majority rule prevails, more voters elect favorite candidates, all voices are heard, and elected leaders are more accountable to the people. 

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Ranked Choice Voting for Governors and Mayors

Ranked choice voting--also known as "instant runoff voting"--makes democracy more fair and functional. It is the best way to accommodate more greater choice for voters. Proven in thousands of major elections, ranked choice voting upholds majority rule and encourages candidates to reach out to more voters. FairVote has helped pass ranked choice voting in 15 cities and partners with local reformers to remove administrative barriers, create resources for implementation, and build support for winning RCV for statewide elections.

Visit our Ranked Choice Voting in States Page

Voting is an American principle and a basic democratic right that should be protected, promoted, and practiced, which is why many people are surprised to learn that the U.S. Constitution provides no explicit right to vote. This leaves voting rights vulnerable to the whims of politicians, and some citizens with fewer rights than others.

More than a decade ago, FairVote became the leading institutional voice calling for the establishment of an explicit individual right to vote in the U.S. Constitution. We believe that a grassroots movement to establish such an amendment would go a long way in ending the "voting wars" that plague us today. FairVote continues to serve as a trusted resource in support of activists, organizations, and elected officials working toward a right to vote amendment. Through our Promote Our Vote project, we work to build widespread support for a right to vote amendment, while advocating for pro-suffrage innovations at the local level.  

Take Action: Tell Congress to Support a Right to Vote Amendment

Legislation Advancing FairVote Innovations

*For bills advancing ranked choice voting, please visit our "Ranked Choice Voting in States" page.

Automatic Voter Registration

  • Arizona (HB2097/SB1007/SB1392): registers citizens to vote when applying or reapplying for a driver’s license unless they opt out

  • Hawaii (HB1593/HB1633/SB2214/SB2259): requires qualified applicants for a new or renewed driver's license or civil identification card to either provide information to automatically register the applicant to vote or to clearly decline to register to vote

  • Massachusetts (HB3937): automatically registers eligible voters and enhancing safeguards against fraud

  • Maryland (SB350): universal voter registration act

  • Missouri (HB1719/HB2192):Requires the Secretary of State to establish a system for automatic voter registration

  • New Jersey (AB1944): automatically registers or updates voter registration as part of driver's license application or renewal

  • New Mexico (SB2): automatic driver’s license voter registration

  • New York (AB5972/SB2538): enacts the "voter empowerment act of New York" to streamline the process for registering to vote

  • Vermont (HB458): automatic voter registration through motor vehicle driver’s license applications

  • Washington (HB2682/SB6379): provides automatic voter registration at qualified voter registration agencies

  • West Virginia (HB4401): provides that any person with a West Virginia driver’s license or an official identification card is automatically registered to vote

Voter Pre-Registration

  • Iowa (SF2142): lowers the age at which a person may register to vote and the age at which a registered voter is eligible to vote in a primary election

  • Missouri (HB2280): establishes a procedure for voter pre-registration for persons ages 15 to 18

  • New Jersey (SB832): permits voter registration of certain persons at age 17 for voting at next election occurring on or after 18th birthday (Passed)

  • New York (A07919/S01569): authorizes persons 16 years of age or older to register to vote

  • Oklahoma (SB999): allows 16 year olds to preregister to vote

  • Virginia (HB292): preregistration for persons age 16 or older

  • Washington (HB2707/SB6340): voter preregistration of persons seventeen years of age including designating voter registration locations and voter preregistration locations

  • West Virginia (HB4233): reduces the age from eighteen years to sixteen years of persons permitted to register to vote

17 Year Old Voting in Primaries

  • Iowa (HF2145/SF2142): allows a registered voter to vote in a primary if the elector will be eighteen by the date of the general election

  • New Mexico (HB138): allows persons who are seventeen years old and who will be eighteen by the day of the general election to vote in the primary election (passed legislature and on governor's desk)

  • Utah (HB70): allows an individual who is 17 to vote in a regular primary election if the individual will be 18 by the general election (passed first committee vote unanimously)

Lowered Voting Age

  • California (ACA7): authorizes a person who is at least 16 years of age and a resident of the state to vote in a school or community college district governing board election in which that person would be qualified to vote based on residence
  • Washington DC (B21-0468): reduces the eligible voting age to 16 years of age for all elections

National Popular Vote

  • Alaska (HB348): adopts the interstate compact for NPV

  • Georgia (HB929): adopts the interstate compact for NPV

  • Missouri (HB2048/HB1959): adopts the interstate compact for NPV

  • Tennessee (HB1728/SB1657): adopts the interstate compact for NPV

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