Cries for Electoral Standards Mount

The day following Election 2004, retiring NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw indicated the need for change in America's electoral system. In an unusually serious interview with David Letterman, Brokaw said point blank, "We've gotta fix the election system in this country."

In an Internet broadcast, former presidential candidate John Kerry echoed this sentiment, calling for new "national standards" for elections. Said Kerry, "I'm going to fight for national standards for federal elections. Standards that have both transparency and accountability in our voting system. It's unacceptable in the United States of America that people still don't have full confidence in the integrity of the voting process. I ask you to join me in this cause."

In Ohio on Monday, November 29th, Reverend Jesse Jackson also spoke out in favor of reform, emphasizing the need for an amendment to the Constitution to protect the right to vote. In response to these mounting cries for change, FairVote's Right to Vote Initiative advocates an agenda of eight crucial reforms.