Pages tagged "Right to vote"

Being Pro-Voter is Not Partisan: 2010 Results Underscore how Republicans should not Fear Same-Day Voter Registration

Posted on What's New on October 20, 2010

Upholding fair voter access and protecting voting rights should not be a partisan issue. In our decentralized system, however, some states do a better job at protecting these rights than others. Take for instance, the issue of Same Day Voter Registration (SDR); a sensible reform when implemented well which all too often has been inaccurately thought to advantage one major party (Democrats) at the expense of another (Republicans).

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Virginia Governor takes action to improve voting rights

Posted on What's New Jo Mckeegan on September 28, 2010

 The process of removing the right to vote from a person convicted of a crime was invented by the Romans and dubbed “civil death”. It is a process that several states in America still implement today, grounded in the disturbing fact that the U.S. Constitution does not provide a citizenship right to vote. In most states, a person who has completed serving a felony conviction is allowed to register to vote. Other states restrict this right, and in a few remaining states like Virginia, this punishment is a lifelong ban unless a waiver is granted by the governor. Anyone moving into such a state with a past felony conviction will be breaking the law if they vote, even if coming from a state where they had full suffrage rights. 

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Making Constitution Day a Celebration of Representative Democracy

Posted on What's New Jo Mckeegan, Emily Hellman on September 08, 2010

When naming important holidays, Constitution Day will not make most people’s shortlist. But maybe, it should.

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New Delaware law allows 16-year-olds to preregister to vote

Posted on What's New Jo Mckeegan on September 01, 2010

On September 8, Delaware governor Jack A. Markell signed into law a bill allowing 16-year-olds to preregister to vote.  The passage of the law makes Delaware the sixth state (plus the District of Columbia) to adopt youth preregistration reforms aimed at engaging young citizens in the political process.

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Momentum builds for Voter Pre-Registration: Four Wins in the Past Year

Posted on What's New Tom Sanchez on July 02, 2010

Delaware recently became the 6th state to pass Youth Voter Pre-Registration legislation. Here's why that victory is so important to FairVote's overall mission.

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Felon Disenfranchisement: A Relic of the Past

Posted on What's New Adam Fogel on January 13, 2010

People convicted of felonies are permanently disenfranchised in two states--Virginia and Kentucky. History shows that felon disenfranchisement laws are a relic of the days of Jim Crow.

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