FairVote RI Membership Drive

We're starting a membership drive!

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For a suggested minimum donation of $10, you can become a member of Rhode Island’s foremost non-partisan non-profit seeking to give more people more meaningful political choices. Your tax-deductible donation will help us:

•    Fix the Electoral College. FairVote RI has taken the lead in the national push to ensure the president is chosen by a national popular vote. FairVote RI’s director co-authored an editorial with Lincoln Chafee in the Providence Journal. Thanks to FairVote RI’s work, the national popular vote plan received approval in both chambers of the General Assembly before being vetoed by Governor Carcieri. This year we’re back in the General Assembly.

•    Encourage youth activism and voting. FairVote RI assembly a coalition of over a dozen local groups backing youth voter pre-registration, which would let 16 and 17 year olds pre-register to vote. This common-sense reform, already used in several other states, could boost youth voter turnout. We also wrote a high school curriculum on the history of voting in our state, online at RhodeIslandSuffrage.org.

•    Prevent another Blagojevich scandal. Last year, well before Rod Blagojevich filled a US Senate seat in an allegedly corrupt process, we warned that the gubernatorial appointment process most states use is arbitrary and far from transparent. This year we’re once again supporting a bill that would make sure every US Senator from Rhode Island is directly elected, in every case. Vacant US Senate spots would be filled by a special election.

•    Encourage improved voting methods. In 2008, FairVote RI backed a ranked-choice system of proportional voting for the Providence City Council that would have encouraged greater diversity of all kinds. Now we’re spreading the word about proportional voting and instant-runoff voting to colleges across RI.

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