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Voting System Reform

Electoral Reform Society (http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/). ERS is a London, UK-based membership organization which campaigns for the strengthening of our democracy through changes to the UK voting systems and electoral arrangements. Get information on the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, electronic voting mechanisms, and voting systems, namely the Single Transferable Vote (STV).

Center for Voting and Democracy (http://www.fairvote.org/). CVD is a Maryland based organization that researches how voting systems affect participation, representation and governance. CVD generally advocates proportional representation systems for legislative elections, instant runoff voting for executive and judicial elections and public interest redistricting. CVD believes voting system reform is essential to reinvigorate American politics, to decrease the impact of money in elections and to ensure majority rule, full representation and greater participation.

Midwest Democracy Center (http://www.prairienet.org/icpr/). MDC works to educate and advocate for Proportional Representation in Illinois. Their current initiative is the "Drive to Revive" Cumulative Voting, which is an effort to bring back a unique voting system that was used in Illinois for 110 years to elect the State House of Representatives.

Fair Vote Minnesota (http://www2.bitstream.net/~gabeo/). FairVote Minnesota is a coalition of concerned citizens formed to educate voters throughout the state about the advantages of other ways of voting.

San Francisco Campaign for Instant Runoff Voting (http://www.irv4sf.org/). This sight has a simulated electronic IRV ballot you can use.

Proportional Representation Library (http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/polit/damy/prlib.htm). A source of information on proportional representation elections -- including beginning readings, in-depth articles by scholars and activists, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to related Web sites.

Proportional Representation in Cambridge (http://www.ci.cambridge.ma.us/~Election/prop-voting.html). Complete with a sample interactive ballot that allows you to vote using Choice Voting.

A Study About PR By the Seattle League of Women Voters (http://www.scn.org/civic/lwvseattle/comp.html).

Ballot Access Reform

Ballot Access News (http://www.ballot-access.org). This is a non-partisan newsletter reporting on the trials and tribulations of folks trying to put candidates on the ballot in the United States of America, published by Richard Winger.

Candidate Debate Reform

Commission on Presidential Debates (http://www.debates.org/). This is the organization that "ensure[s] that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners". To do this, the CPD has set a 15% poll test for candidates to participate in the debates. Fair? Visit this site and express your opinion!

Internet Voting

Election.com (http://www.election.com)

Youth e-Vote (http://www.youthevote.net/)

The Bell (http://www.thebell.net/)

Internet Policy Institute (http://www.internetpolicy.org/)

Youth Political and Leadership Organizations

Millenial Politics (http://www.millennialpolitics.com/). Millennial Politics is a book about the politics of American's 25 and younger that Reform America Inc. is helping write. Check out this site if you'd like to contribute to this book-in-progress, or if you'd like to participate in their discussion boards about youth politics.

Foundation for Individual Responsibility and Social Trust (FIRST) (http://www.libertynet.org/first/). FIRST is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the generation of young adults to address the major political, economic, and social issues of our time at their most basic level while taking a leadership role in finding creative and positive outcomes.

Arsalyn Foundation (http://www.arsalyn.org). Arsalyn Foundation was created in 1996 to address the increased cynicism and the resultant decline in voter participation among United States citizens.

Partnership for Trust in Government (http://www.trustingov.org/). A program sponsored by the Council for Excellence in Government (http://www.excelgov.org) to promote public confidence in Government, particularly among young people.

Youth Vote Coalition (http://www.youthvote2000.org/). A coalition of youth organizations to encourage the youth vote.

Black Youth Vote (http://www.bigvote.org/). The National Coalition on Black Voter Participation, Inc. is a leader in the nationwide effort to increase black voter registration and turnout and to eradicate the barriers to full political participation for African Americans and other minorities.

Close Up Foundation (http://www.closeup.org/). The Close Up Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, informs, inspires, and empowers people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.

Rock The Vote (http://www.rockthevote.org/). Rock the Vote was founded in 1990 by members of the recording industry in response to a wave of attacks on freedom of speech and artistic expression. In less than a decade, Rock the Vote has become a leader in the effort to increase youth participation in the political process.

Youth Action Network (http://www.youthlink.org/). The Global Youth ACTION Network is an international collaboration among youth and youth-serving organizations to share information, resources and solutions. Its purpose is to promote greater youth engagement.

Youth Service America (http://www.servenet.org/). Service 2000 is Youth Service America's national campaign to mobilize youth volunteers to vote.

Seattle Youth Involvement Network (http://www.seattleyouth.org/). Seattle Youth Involvement Network strives for a society in which youth are respected as powerful leaders and active community members.

Media for Young America

VotingBlock.com(http://www.votingblock.com/)

YVote200: Medill News Service(http://www.yvote2000.com/)

Political Parties

Green Party (http://www.greenpartyus.org/)

Reform Party (http://www.reformparty.org/)

American Reform Party (http://americanreform.org)

Natural Law Party (http://www.natural-law.org/)

Libertarian Party (http://www.lp.org/)

Socialist Workers Party (http://sp-usa.org/)

Democratic Party (http://www.democrats.org)

Communist Party USA (http://www.cpusa.org/)

Republican Party (http://www.rnc.org/)

Constitution Party (http://www.constitutionparty.com/)

Labor Party (http://www.igc.org/lpa/)

Constitution Action Party (http://www2.ari.net/home/CAP/)

New Party (http://www.newparty.org/)

Bull Moose Republicans (http://www.bullmooserepublicans.com/)

 


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