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Fix The Primaries represents a bipartisan group of reformers who recognize that our presidential nomination process is breaking down. We believe Congress and the parties should act immediately to create a bipartisan commission to examine far-reaching reform options.

FairVote's Rob Richie is Featured Analyst

Hearst-Argyle Television's special on reforming the presidential primary process has aired on local news stations around the nation as the candidates gear up for the Iowa caucuses. Airing in several episodes, the special can be viewed online.

Washington Metro Area Event!

Watch the Iowa Caucus Unfold
& Debate Reform

FairVote's 2008 Couch Pundit Event

Participate in a MeetUp on presidential election reform and learn about the National Popular Vote campaign.

Hear experts discuss the caucus results from a reform perspective. Does our nominating process work?

Enjoy a big screen TV and $3.00 pints!

Thursday, Jan 3
The Big Hunt

1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC (map)

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Media Advisory! Thursday, December 13

Election Experts Offer Primer for Covering the Election Process in the Upcoming Primaries

WHAT: Telephone Press Briefing on Issues to Watch for in Upcoming Primaries
Cosponsored by The Century Foundation and Fair Vote
WHO: Tova Wang, Democracy Fellow, The Century Foundation
Robert Richie, Executive Director, FairVote
Ryan O'Donnell, Presidential Elections Reform, FairVote
Edward A. Hailes, Jr., Director, Power & Democracy Program, Advancement Project
WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 2007, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST
HOW: Participant Dial-In Number: (800) 322-9079

Conference ID: 27620653 (reference this number when joining the call)

CONTACT: Laurie Ahlrich at or (212) 4527722

Space on the call is limited. Please RSVP.

Join our exciting expert panel for a good old fashioned "smoke filled room" discussion of the future of presidential primaries reform...

Libby Benton
Legislative Aide
Rep. Sander Levin
Lou Jacobson*
Roll Call
Pamela Prah
Moderated by
Ryan O'Donnell
Kate Nilan
Senior Advisor
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Delegate Kumar Barve*
Majority Leader
MD House of Delegates
Kay Stimson
Director of Communications and Special Projects
National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)

The upcoming presidential primary elections could very well prove to be the most chaotic in history. With an avalanche of states moving their primaries and caucuses earlier and earlier to compete with the traditional institutional power of Iowa and New Hampshire, over half the country will have already voted by early February, despite a campaign of unprecedented length.

Meanwhile, states looking for real influence are defying party rules and setting off politically dangerous internecine battles over the election of our nation's most powerful office.

Why does America lack any coherent policy for nominating presidential candidates? How did we end up here, and what options are available to get us out of this mess, and establish a rational schedule?

For more information, see The Claim Democracy Conference

Fix the Primaries:

Senator Bill Brock
Former US Senator
(R - Tennessee)
Damian Carroll
San Fernando Valley Young Democrats
David Phelps
Executive Board Member
California Democratic Party
Rob Richie
Executive Director
Tom Sansonetti
Former Assistant Attorney General of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice
Prof. Larry Sabato
Center for Politics
University of Virginia
Tova Wang
Vice President of Research
Common Cause
Professor Marilyn Dudley-Flores
CEO, OPS-Alaska
Sonoma State University
California Democratic State Central Committee
(301) 270-4616
6930 Carroll Ave
Suite 610
Takoma Park, MD 20912