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Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax 'Form 990

A For the 2005 calendar year , or tax year beginn B Check ^f

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applicable

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change

D Employer identification number

type

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Final

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^Appl cation

%-io»v Room/suite E Telephone number

Number and street (or P.O. box if mail is not delivered to street address)

Spec fc

Oreturn

F Accounting method

) / (insert no) 0 4947(a)(1) or 0 `• K Check here ^ 0 if the organization's gross receipts are normally not more than $25,000. The organization need not file a return with the IRS; but if the organization chooses to file a return, be sure to file a complete return. Some states require a complete return ® 501(c) ( 3

H and I are not applicable to section 527 organizations. H(a) Is this a group return for affiliates? =Yes ®No H(b) If 'Yes," enter number of affiliates' N/A H(c) Are all affiliates included? N/A =Yes =No (If 'No,' attach a list.) H(d) Is this a separate return filed by an organization covered by a group ruling? M Yes ® No M

Gross receipts: Add lines 6b, 8b, 9b, and 10b to line 12 ^

Part I

429357 .

Check ^ l-I if the organization is not required to attach Sch. B (Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF).

Revenue . Expenses . and Chanaes in Net Assets or Fund Balances Contributions , gifts, grants , and similar amounts received:

I

a Direct public support b c

la

Indirect public support Government contributions ( grants)

429372.

lb 1c

d Total ( add lines la through 1c ) ( cash $

4 2 9 3 7 2.

noncash $

Program service revenue including government fees and contracts ( from Part VII, line 93) Membership dues and assessments Interest on savings and temporary cash investments Dividends and interest from securities 5 6 a Gross rents 6a b Less: rental expenses 6b c Net rental income or (loss ) ( subtract line 6b from line 6a)

2 3 4

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6c

7

b c 10 a b c 11 12 13 14

Gross amount from sales of assets other ( A ) Securities ( B ) Other than inventory 8a Less: cost or other basis and sales expenses 8b Gain or (loss ) ( attach schedule) 8c Net gain or (loss ) ( combine line 8c, columns ( A) and (B )) Special events and activities ( attach schedule ). If any amount is from gaming , check here ^ 0 Gross revenue ( not including $ of contributions reported on line 1a) 9a Less: direct expenses other than fundraising expenses 9b Net income or (loss ) from special events ( subtract line 9b from line 9a) Gross sales of inventory , less returns and allowances 10a Less: cost of goods sold 10b Gross profit or ( loss) from sales ^Invh^sc j (ubtract me 10b from line 10a) Other revenue (from Part VII, line 03) U^ Total revenue ( add lines 1d 2 3 7 8d 9c 10c an 5, Program services ( from line 44 , co B O\ ^% Mana g ement and ge neral ( fr o m l ine 4? l umn C

10c 11 12 13 14

15

Fundraisin g ( from line 44 , column ())

15

16 17 18 19 20 21

Payments to affiliates ( attach sched Total exp enses ( add lines 16 and 44 , column A Excess or ( deficit) for the year ( subtract line 17 from line 12) Net assets or fund balances at beginning of year ( from line 73, column ( A)) Other changes in net assets or fund balances ( attach explanation) Net assets or fund balances at end of year ( combine lines 18 , 19, and 20)

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Open to Public

and end

Name of organization

„se IRS FAIRVOTE label or LjchAddr ang s chan g e t FORMERLY : CEN7 L

2005

Under section 501 (c), 527, or 4947( a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code ( except black lung benefit trust or private foundation) ^ The organization may have to use a copy of this return to satisfy state reporting requirements.

Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service

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' Form 9,90 2005 mart II

FAIRVOTE FORMERLY :CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY

Statement of Functional Expenses

Do not include amounts reported on line 6b, 8b, 9b, 1Ob, or 16 of Part 1. 22

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All organizations must complete column (A). Columns (B), (C), and ( D) are required for section 501(c)(3) and (4) organizations and section 4947 (a)(1) nonexempt charitable trusts but optional for others. (A) Total

(B) Program services

(C) Management and general

(D) Fundraising

Grants and allocations (attach schedule) (cash $

0 . noncash $

0.

If this amount includes foreign grants, check he ^ 0

23 Specific assistance to individuals (attach schedule) 24 Benefits paid to or for members (attach schedule)

23 24

25 Compensation of officers, directors, etc.* * Other salaries and wages Pension plan contributions Other employee benefits Payroll taxes Professional fundraising fees Accounting fees Legal fees Supplies Telephone Postage and shipping

26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35

55000.

26

111606.

44000. 103354.

5500. 6256.

5500. 1996.

14428. 16280.

12058. 14450.

1256. 1131.

1114. 699.

28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35

Conferences, conventions, and meetings Interest Depreciation, depletion, etc. (attach schedule) Other expenses not covered above (itemize)

6534.

6534.

8045. 10332. 7072. 45235.

7354. 9009. 2905. 40787.

459. 728. 1527. 2157.

232. 595. 2640. 2291.

9850. 7439. 6561.

5173. 7018. 5774.

132. 263. 623.

4545. 158. 164.

3039 .

2659 .

216.

164.

43

109399.

103958.

3716.

1725.

4

10820.

58499.

0498.

1823.

36

Equipment rental and maintenance Printing and publications Travel

37 38 39 40 41 42 43a 43b 43c 43d 43e a3f

a b c d e f

g

25 27

36 Occupancy 37 38 39 40 41 42 43

22

SEE STATEMENT 1

44 Total functional expenses. Add lines 22 through 43. (Organizations completing columns (B)-(D), carry these totals to lines 13.15)

Joint Costs . Check ^ if you are following SOP 98-2. Are any joint costs from a combined educational campaign and fundraising solicitation reported in (B) Program services ? If 'Yes,* enter ( i) the aggregate amount of these joint costs $ N/A ; (ii) the amount allocated to Program services $ ( iv) the amount allocated to Fundraising $ (iii) the amount allocated to Management and general $ and N/A

^ 0 Yes 速 No N/A N/A

Form 990 (2005) **

SEE STATEMENT

2

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FAIRVOTE f=orm 990 2005 FORMERLY :CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY `Part III Statement of Program Service Accomplishments (See the instructions.)

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Form 990 is available for public inspection and, for some people, serves as the primary or sole source of information about a particular organization How the public perceives an organization in such cases may be determined by the information presented on its return Therefore, please make sure the return is complete and accurate and fully describes, in Part III, the organization's programs and accomplishments.

What is the organization ' s primary exempt purpose? ^ SEE ATTACHMENT 1

Program Service Expenses

All organizations must describe their exempt purpose achievements in a clear and concise manner. State the number of clients served , publications issued , etc Discuss achievements that are not measurable . (Section 501(c)(3) and (4) organizations and 4947 (a)(1) nonexempt charitable trusts must also enter the amount of grants and allocations to others )

(Required for 501(c)(3) and (4) orgs., and 4947 (a)(1) trusts; but optional for others.)

a DEMOCRACY EDUCATION SEE ATTACHMENT 1

Grants and allocations

$

rants check here

90398 .

If this amount includes fore ig n g rants , check here

35651.

If this amount includes foreig n

b VOTING RIGHTS IN COMMUNITIES SEE ATTACHMENT 1

(Grants and allocations

$

c INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING PROJECT SEE ATTACHMENT 1

Grants and allocations

If this amount includes forei g n g rants , check here

$

00,

63939 .

d VOTING AND DEMOCRACY RESEARCH SEE ATTACHMENT 1

If this amount includes forei g n g rants , check here El STATEMENT 3 (Grants and allocations $ If this amount includes forei g n g rants , check here jli^ El f Total of Program Service Expenses (should equal line 44, column (B), Program services) ......... .......... ........... ^ (Grants and allocations $ e Other program services (attach schedule )

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FAIRVOTE Form 99a 2005 FORMERLY :CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY I `Part IV Balance Sheets (See the instructions.) Note: Where required, attached schedules and amounts within the description column should be for end-of-year amounts only.

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48 a Pledges receivable b Less. allowance for doubtful accounts 49 Grants receivable 50 Receivables from officers, directors, trustees, and key employees 51 a Other notes and loans receivable b Less: allowance for doubtful accounts 52 Inventories for sale or use Prepaid expenses and deferred charges 53 54 Investments - securities 55 a Investments - land, buildings, and equipment. basis

48a 48b

47c

5000 .

51c 52 ^

Cost

58

Other assets (describe ^

59 60 61

Total assets ( must eq ual line 74 ) Add lines 45 throu g h 58 Accounts payable and accrued expenses Grants payable

62

Deferred revenue

55b

55c 56

29695 . 19101.

57a

57b

SEE STATEMENT

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Loans from officers, directors, trustees, and key employees 63 64 a Tax-exempt bond liabilities b Mortgages and other notes payable

STMT

4927.

57c

10594.

6058 .

58

6187.

36758 . 2705 .

59 60 61

16905. 1315.

60000.

62

13000.

63

4000 .

6

Other liabilities (describe ^ DEFERRED COMPENSATION

Total liabilities. Add lines 60 throu g h 65 ) 66 Organizations that follow SFAS 117, check here ^ ® and complete lines 67 through 69 and lines 73 and 74

M

53 54

FMV

55a

Less: accumulated depreciation Investments - other Land, buildings, and equipment- basis Less. accumulated depreciation STMT

4

48c 49 50

51a 51b

b 56 57 a b

67

124.

46 47a 47b

-

(B) End of year

2 0 7 7 3 . 45

47 a Accounts receivable b Less- allowance for doubtful accounts

65

(A) Beginning of year

Cash - non-interest-bearing Savings and temporary cash investments

Pag e 4

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Unrestricted

Temporarily restricted 68 Permanently restricted 69 Organizations that do not follow SFAS 117, check here ^ and complete lines 70 through 74. 70 Capital stock, trust principal, or current funds Paid-in or capital surplus, or land, building, and equipment fund 71 72 Retained earnings, endowment, accumulated income, or other funds 73 Total net assets or fund balances (add lines 67 through 69 or lines 70 through 72; column (A) must equal line 19; column (B) must equal line 21) 74 Total liabilities and net assets/fund balances . Add lines 66 and 73

64a 64b

)

18000.

65

24000 .

8 0 7 0 5 . 66

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I

FAIRVOTE

' Form 99a 2005 FORMERLY: CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY 54-1635649 I FPart IV-A Reconciliation of Revenue per Audited Financial Statements With Revenue per Return (See the instructions.) a b 1 2 3 4 c d 1 2

Total revenue, gains, and other support per audited financial statements Amounts included on line a but not on Part I, line 12: Net unrealized gains on investments Donated services and use of facilities Recoveries of prior year grants Other (specify). Add lines bi through b4 Subtract line b from line a Amounts included on Part I, line 12, but not on line a: Investment expenses not included on Part I, line 6b Other (specify): Add lines dl and d2

rart iv- bs a b 1 2 3 4 c d 1 2

Pag e 5

d

rieconciuation of Expenses per Auaitea rmanclai Statements with Expenses per Return

Total expenses and losses per audited financial statements Amounts included on line a but not on Part I, line 17 Donated services and use of facilities Prior year adjustments reported on Part I, line 20 Losses reported on Part I, line 20 Other (specify): Add lines bi through b4 Subtract line b from line a Amounts included on Part I, line 17, but not on line a: Investment expenses not included on Part I, line 6b Other (specify) Add lines d1 and d2

410820.

a bl b2 b3 b4 b

0.

c

410820.

d

0.

dl d2

e Total ex penses Part I line 17) Add lines c and d 0, 1 e 410820. Part V-A Current Officers, Directors, Trustees, and Key Employees (List each person who was an officer, director, trustee, or key employee at any time dunnq the year even if they were not compensated ) (See the instructions.) (B) Title and average hours (C) Compensation (A) Name and address per week devoted to (If not paid, enter p osition

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(D)Contrnbutions to a ployee benefit plans & deferred compensation plans

(E) Expense account and other allowances

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

SEE STATEMENT 7

49000.

6000.

0.

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FAIRVOTE Form 99^ (2005) FORMERLY :CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY Part V-A Current Officers, Directors, Trustees, and Key Employees (continued) 75 a

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Enter the total number of officers, directors, and trustees permitted to vote on organization business at board

meetings

^

21

b Are any officers, directors, trustees, or key employees listed in Form 990, Part V-A, or highest compensated employees listed in Schedule A, Part I, or highest compensated professional and other independent contractors listed in Schedule A, Part II-A or II-B, related to each other through family or business relationships? If "Yes," attach a statement that identifies the individuals and explains the relationship(s)

75b

X

Do any officers, directors, trustees, or key employees listed in Form 990, Part V-A, or highest compensated employees listed in Schedule A, Part I, or highest compensated professional and other independent contractors listed in Schedule A, Part II-A or II-B, receive compensation from any other organizations, whether tax exempt or taxable, that are related to this organization through common supervision or common control?

75c

X

c

Note. Related organizations include section 509(a)(3) supporting organizations. If "Yes, attach a statement that identifies the individuals, explains the relationship between this organization and the other organ ization(s), and describes the compensation arrangements, including amounts paid to each individual by each related organization. d Does the organization have a written conflict of interest policy? 75d X Part V- B Former Officers , Directors , Trustees , and Key Employees That Received Compensation or Other Benefits (If any former officer, director, trustee, or key employee received compensation or other benefits (described below) during the year, list that person below and enter the amount of compensation or other benefits in the appropriate column. See the instructions ) (D) Contributions to (E) Expense benefit (B) Loans and Advances (C) Compensation employee (A) Name and address account and plans s ion pld NONE com p ensation ^a<,S other allowances

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Part VI 76 77 78 a b 79 80 a b 81 a b

Yes No

Other Information (See the instructions)

Did the organization engage in any activity not previously reported to the IRS? If "Yes," attach a detailed 76 description of each activity 77 Were any changes made in the organizing or governing documents but not reported to the IRS? If "Yes," attach a conformed copy of the changes Did the organization have unrelated business gross income of $1,000 or more during the year covered by this return? 76a If "Yes," has it filed a tax return on Form 990 -T for this year? N/A 78b Was there a liquidation, dissolution, termination, or substantial contraction during the year? If "Yes," attach a statement 79 Is the organization related (other than by association with a statewide or nationwide organization) through common membership, governing bodies, trustees, officers, etc , to any other exempt or nonexempt organization? 80a If "Yes," enter the name of the organization' SEE STATEMENT 8 and check whether it is 0 exempt or 0 nonexempt Enter direct or indirect political expenditures (See line 81 instructions) 81a 0. Did the org anization file Form 1120-POL for this ear? 1b

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X

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Page 7 Yes No

82 a Did the organization receive donated services or the use of materials, equipment, or facilities at no charge or at substantially less than fair rental value?

b

83 a b 84 a b 85 b

c d e f g h

86 b 87 b 88

89 a b

_

82a

If "Yes," you may indicate the value of these items here. Do not include this amount as revenue in Part I or as an expense in Part II (See instructions in Part III.) 82b N/A Did the organization comply with the public inspection requirements for returns and exemption applications? Did the organization comply with the disclosure requirements relating to quid pro quo contributions? Did the organization solicit any contributions or gifts that were not tax deductible? . If "Yes," did the organization include with every solicitation an express statement that such contributions or gifts were not tax deductible? N/A 501(c)(4), (5), or (6) organizations. a Were substantially all dues nondeductible by members? N/A Did the organization make only in-house lobbying expenditures of $2,000 or less? N/A If "Yes" was answered to either 85a or 85b, do not complete 85c through 85h below unless the organization received a waiver for proxy tax owed for the prior year. Dues, assessments, and similar amounts from members 85c N/A Section 162(e) lobbying and political expenditures 85d N/A Aggregate nondeductible amount of section 6033(e)(1)(A) dues notices 85e N/A Taxable amount of lobbying and political expenditures (line 85d less 85e) 85f N/A Does the organization elect to pay the section 6033(e) tax on the amount on line 85f? N/A If section 6033(e)(1)(A) dues notices were sent, does the organization agree to add the amount on line 85f to its reasonable estimate of dues allocable to nondeductible lobbying and political expenditures for the following tax year? N/A 501(c)(7) organizations. Enter a Initiation fees and capital contributions included on line 12 86a N/A Gross receipts, included on line 12, for public use of club facilities 86b N/A 501(c)(12) organizations. Enter- a Gross income from members or shareholders 87a N/A Gross income from other sources. (Do not net amounts due or paid to other sources against amounts due or received from them.) 87b N/A At any time during the year, did the organization own a 50% or greater interest in a taxable corporation or partnership, or an entity disregarded as separate from the organization under Regulations sections 301 7701-2 and 301.7701-3? If "Yes," complete Part IX 501(c)(3) organizations. Enter- Amount of tax imposed on the organization during the year under. section 0 . ; section 4912 ^ 0 . ; section 4955 ^ 0. 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations Did the organization engage in any section 4958 excess benefit transaction during the year or did it become aware of an excess benefit transaction from a prior year? If "Yes," attach a statement explaining each transaction

83a 83b 84a

X

X X X

84b 85a 85b

85 a

1

85h

88

X

89b

X

Enter Amount of tax imposed on the organization managers or disqualified persons during the year under sections 4912, 4955, and 4958 _ ^ d Enter. Amount of tax on line 89c, above, reimbursed by the organization ^ 90 a List the states with which a copy of this return is filed 'NONE b Number of employees employed in the pay period that includes March 12, 2005 90b 91 a The books are in care of ^ CYNTHIA TERRELL Telephone no. ^ 301-27 c

Located at ^ 7401 JACKSON AVE,

TAKOMA PARK,

MD

0. 0. 4

0 4 9 81 ZIP + 4 ^ 2 0 91 2

b At any time during the calendar year, did the organization have an interest in or a signature or other authority over a financial account in a foreign country (such as a bank account, securities account , or other financial

c 92

account)? If "Yes ," enter the name of the foreign country ^ N/A See the instructions for exceptions and filing requirements for Form TD F 90-22. 1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. At any time during the calendar year, did the organization maintain an office outside of the United States? If "Yes ," enter the name of the foreign country ^ N/A Section 494 7(a)(1) nonexempt chantable trusts filing Form 990 in lieu of Form 1041 - Check here and enter the amount of tax -exempt interest received or accrued during the tax year ^ I 92

Y@s

No

91b

X

91c

X

^ EJ N/A Form 990 (2005)

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FAIRVOTE * Form 993 (2005) FORMERLY :CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY Part VII Analysis of Income-Producing Activities (See the instructions.) Unrelat ed business income

Note : Enter gross amounts unless otherwise fndic ated.

( A) Business code

P rogram service revenue' a b c d e f Medicare/Medicaid payments 9 F ees and contracts from government agencies 94 Membership dues and assessments 95 1 nterest on savings and temporary cash investments 96 D ividends and interest from securities 97 N et rental income or (loss) from real estate: a d ebt-financed property b n ot debt-financed property 98 N et rental income or (loss) from personal property 99 O ther investment income 100 G ain or (loss) from sales of assets o ther than inventory 101 N et income or (loss) from special events 102 Gross profit or (loss) from sales of inventory 103 Other revenue: 93

Line No . y

104

Part IX

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Information Regard ing Taxable Subsidiaries and Disregarded Entities (See the instructions.) (B) Percentage of ownershi p interest

Nature

%

Information Reaardi na Transfers Associated

(a) Did the organization, during the year, receive any funds, directly or indirectly, ti (b) Did the organization, during the year, pay premiums, directly or indirectly, on a Note : If "Yes" to (b), M rm 8870 and Fo 4720 (see instructions) decl laratio

p

t I h aF4 e amined this return , includ i ng accoml ar (o or than officer) is based on a] i^trn

Sign

Here

Related or exempt function income

HE CENTER'S PROGRAMS ARE DESCRIBED IN DETAIL IN ATTACHMENT

f pert Under penalti correct, and co pieta D

' Signature

offic r _--,

Preparer's Paid signature Preparer's Firm's name (or Use Only

yours if

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self-employed), address, and ZIP + 4

302 MAPLE VIENNA, VI

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(E)

(D) Amount

Explain how each activity for which income is reported in column (E) of Part VII contributed importantly to the accomplishment of the organization's exempt purposes (other than by providing funds for such purposes).

N/A

Please

(C) Exclusioncode

Relationship of Activities to the Accomplishment of Exempt Purposes (See the instructions.)

(A) Name, address, and EIN of corporation, p artnershl or disre g arded entity

Pa rt X

Excluded by section 512 , 513, or 514

(B) Amount

a b c d e 104 S ubtotal (add columns (B), (D), and (E)) 105 Total (add line 104, columns (B), (D), and (E)) Note : Line 105 plus line 1d, Part 1, should equal the amount on line 12, Part I

Part VI II

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(C) of activities

(D) Total Income

E End of-year assets


' SCHEdULE A (korm 990 or 990-EZ) Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service

OMB No 1545-0047

Organization Exempt Under Section 501(c)(3) (Except Private Foundation ) and Section 501(e), 501(f), 501(k), 501(n), or 4947( a)(1) Nonexempt Charitable Trust Supplementary Information-(See separate instructions.) ^ MUST be completed by the above organizations and attached to their Form 990 or 990-EZ

2005

Name of the organization Part I

Employer identification number FAIRVOTE FORMERLY:CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY 54 1635649 Compensation of the Five Highest Paid Employees Other Than Officers , Directors, and Trustees (See oaae 1 of the instructions. List each one. If there are none. enter ' None') (b ) Title and average hours per week devoted to p osition

(a) Name and address of each employee paid more than $50,000

ROBERT RICHIE 7401 JACKSON AVENUE_

(c) Compensation

_ _ __ XEC. DIRECT EXEC. _TAKOMA PAR_K MD 40.00

to (dem) ployee Lions plans 8 deferred compensation

49000.

(e) Expense account and other allowances

6000.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Total number of other employees paid over $50 ,000 Part II-A I

^ 0 Compensation of the Five Highest Paid Independent Contractors for Professional Services (See page 2 of the instructions. List each one (whether individuals or firms). If there are none, enter 'None')

(a) Name and address of each independent contractor paid more than $50,000

Total number of others receiving over $50,000 for professional services

Part II-B

^

1

(b) Type of service

I (c) Compensation

0

Compensation of the Five Highest Paid Independent Contractors for Other Services (List each contractor who performed services other than professional services, whether individuals or firms. If there are none, enter 'None' See page 2 of the instructions.) (a) Name and address of each independent contractor paid more than $50,000

Total number of other contractors receiving over $50,000 for other services

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^

(b) Type of service

0

LHA For Paperwork Reduction Act Notice , see the Instructions for Form 990 and Form 990-EZ.

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Schedule A (Form 990 or 990-EZ) 2005

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Page 2

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Statements About Activities (See page 2 of the instructions .)

Yes No

During the year, has the organization attempted to influence national, state, or local legislation, including any attempt to influence public opinion on a legislative matter or referendum? If 'Yes,' enter the total expenses paid or incurred in connection with the lobbying activities ^ $ 3 0 0 0 . (Must equal amounts on line 38, Part VI-A, or $

1

line iof Part VI-B.)

VI-A,

LINE

1

38B

Organizations that made an election under section 501(h) by filing Form 5768 must complete Part VI-A. Other organizations checking 'Yes' must complete Part VI-B AND attach a statement giving a detailed description of the lobbying activities. 2 During the year, has the organization, either directly or indirectly, engaged in any of the following acts with any substantial contributors, trustees, directors, officers, creators, key employees, or members of their families, or with any taxable organization with which any such person is affiliated as an officer, director, trustee, majority owner, or principal beneficiary (I/ the answer to any question is "Yes," attach a detailed statement explaining the transactions) a Sale, exchange, or leasing of property'

X

2a

X

b Lending of money or other extension of credit?

2b

X

c Furnishing of goods, services, or facilities?

2c

X

d Payment of compensation (or payment or reimbursement of expenses if more than $1,000)?

2d

X

2e

X

3a 3b 3c

X X X

4a 4b

X X

e Transfer of any part of its income or assets? 3 a Do you make grants for scholarships, fellowships, student loans, etc? (If 'Yes; attach an explanation of how you determine that recipients qualify to receive payments.) b Do you have a section 403(b) annuity plan for your employees? c During the year, did the organization receive a contribution of qualified real property interest under section 170(h)? 4 a Did you maintain any separate account for participating donors where donors have the right to provide advice on the use or distribution of funds? b Do you p rovide credit counselin g, debt mana g ement , credit re p air , or debt ne g otiation services?

Part IV

Reason for Non-Private Foundation Status (See pages 3 through 6 of the instructions.)

The organization is not a private foundation because it is: (Please check only ONE applicable box.) A church, convention of churches , or association of churches . Section 170(b)(1)(A)(i). 5 A school. Section 170 (b)(1)(A)(u). (Also complete Part V.) 6 A hospital or a cooperative hospital service organization . Section 170(b)(1)(A)(iii). 7 A Federal, state, or local government or governmental unit Section 170(b)(1)(A)(v). 8 9 0 A medical research organization operated in conjunction with a hospital. Section 170(b)(1)(A )(iii). Enter the hospital ' s name, city, 10

0

11a 11b 12

0

13

0

and state ^ An organization operated for the benefit of a college or university owned or operated by a governmental unit. Section 170(b)(1)(A)(iv). (Also complete the Support Schedule in Part IV-A.) An organization that normally receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or from the general public. Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi). (Also complete the Support Schedule in Part IV-A.) A community trust. Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi). (Also complete the Support Schedule in Part IV-A.) An organization that normally receives: ( 1) more than 33 1/3% of its support from contributions , membership fees, and gross receipts from activities related to its charitable , etc., functions - subject to certain exceptions, and (2 ) no more than 33 1/3% of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business taxable income ( less section 511 tax) from businesses acquired by the organization after June 30, 1975. See section 509(a)(2). (Also complete the Support Schedule in Part IV-A.) An organization that is not controlled by any disqualified persons ( other than foundation managers ) and supports organizations described in: (1) lines 5 through 12 above; or ( 2) sections 501 ( c)(4), (5), or (6), if they meet the test of section 509(a )( 2). Check the box that describes = Type 2 0 Type 3 the type of supporting organization : ^ E__1 Type 1 Provide the following information about the supported organizations . ( See page 6 of the instruction s.) s of supported organization(s) a Name () ()

14

0

I

(b) Line number from above

An organization organized and operated to test for public safety. Section 509(a)(4). (See page 6 of the instructions.)

oz3oaos

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FAIRVOTE Schedule A (Form 990 or 990-EZ) 2005 FORMERLY : CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY 54-1635649 'Part IV-A Support Schedule (Complete only if you checked a box on line 10, 11, or 12 .) Use cash method of accounting.

Page 3

Note : You may use the worksheet in the instructions for converting from the accrual to the cash method of accounting. Calendar year ( or fiscal year beginning in ) ^ ( a ) 2004 ( b ) 2003 ( c ) 2002 ( e ) Total ( d ) 2001 Gifts, grants, and contributions 15 received. (Do not include unusual

gants. Seeline 28.

16

Membershi p fees received

17

Gross receipts from admissions, merchandise sold or services performed, or furnishing of facilities in any activity that is related to the organization's

372111.

418129.

charitable, etc., purpose 18

19 20

Gross income from interest, dividends, amounts received from payments on securities loans (section 512(a)(5)), rents, royalties, and unrelated business taxable income (less section 511 taxes) from businesses acquired by the organization after June 30, 1975 Net income from unrelated business activities not included in line 18 Tax revenues levied for the organization's benefit and either paid to it or expended on its behalf

21

The value of services or facilities furnished to the organization by a governmental unit without charge. Do not include the value of services or facilities generally furnished to the public without charge

22

Other Income. Attach a schedule.

14725.

14991.

SEE

Do not include gain or (loss) from

sale of capital assets 23 24 25 26

Total of lines 15 through 22 Line 23 minus line 17 Enterl%ofline23

414297.

324701.

1529238.

1750.

1455.

3205.

146016.

175602.

321618.

13525.

1916.

45157.

503674. 328072. 5037.

1899087. 1577469.

STATEME NT

9

-131.

386836. 386836. 3868.

433120. 433120. 4331.

575457. 429441. 5755.

Organizations described on lines 10 or 11: a Enter 2% of amount in column (e), line 24 b Prepare a list for your records to show the name of and amount contributed by each person (other than a governmental unit or publicly supported organization) whose total gifts for 2001 through 2004 exceeded the amount shown in line 26a. Do not file this list with your return . Enter the total of all these excess amounts c Total support for section 509(a)(1) test Enter line 24, column (e) 18 19 d Add: Amounts from column (e) for lines: 26b 22

-131.

^ 26a

N/A

^ 26b ^ 26c

_N / A N/A

^ 26d N/A ^ 26e N/A e Public support (line 26c minus line 26d total) ^ 26f f Public su pp ort p ercenta g e ( line 26e ( numerator ) divided b y line 26c ( denominator )) N/A 27 Organizations described on line 12 : a For amounts included in lines 15, 16, and 17 that were received from a 'disqualified person,' prepare a list for your records to show the name of, and total amounts received in each year from, each 'disqualified person' Do not file this list with your return . Enter the sum of such amounts for each year:

%

(2004) 0 . (2001) 0 . (2003) 0 . (2002) 0. b For any amount included in line 17 that was received from each person (other than 'disqualified persons'), prepare a list for your records to show the name of, and amount received for each year, that was more than the larger of (1) the amount on line 25 for the year or (2) $5,000. (Include in the list organizations described in lines 5 through 1lb, as well as individuals.) Do not file this list with your return . After computing the difference between the amount received and the larger amount described in (1) or (2), enter the sum of these differences (the excess amounts) for each year: (2004) 0 . (2003) 0 . (2002) 0. 0 . (2001) c Add: Amounts from column (e) for lines: 15 16 1529238. 3205 . 17 321618. 20 21 ^ 2 d Add: Line 27a total 0. and line 27b total 0 . ^ 2 e Public support (line 27c total minus line 27d total) ^ 2 f Total support for section 509(a)(2) test: Enter amount on line 23, column (e) ^ 27f 1899087. g Public support percentage (line 27e ( numerator ) divided by line 27f (denominator)) ^ 2 In In vestment income percentage ( line 18, column (e) (numerator) divided by line 27f (denominator)) ^ 2 2.377 28 Unusual Grants : For an organization described in line 10, 11, or 12 that received any unusual grants during 2001 through 2004, prepare a list for your records to show, for each year, the name of the contributor, the date and amount of the grant, and a brief description of the nature of the grant. Do not file this list with your return . Do not include these grants in line 15. 523121 02-03-08

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29

31

33

54- 1635649 N/A

Does the organization have a racially nondiscriminatory policy toward students by statement in its charter, bylaws, other governing instrument, or in a resolution of its governing body? Does the organization include a statement of its racially nondiscriminatory policy toward students in all its brochures, catalogues, and other written communications with the public dealing with student admissions, programs, and scholarships? Has the organization publicized its racially nondiscriminatory policy through newspaper or broadcast media during the period of solicitation for students, or during the registration period if it has no solicitation program, in a way that makes the policy known to all parts of the general community it serves? If 'Yes; please describe; if 'No,' please explain. (If you need more space, attach a separate statement.)

30

32

Private School Questionnaire (See page 7 of the instructions.) (To be completed ONLY by schools that checked the box on line 6 in Part IV)

Does the organization maintain the following: a Records indicating the racial composition of the student body, faculty, and administrative staff? b Records documenting that scholarships and other financial assistance are awarded on a racially nondiscriminatory basis? c Copies of all catalogues, brochures, announcements, and other written communications to the public dealing with student admissions, programs, and scholarships? d Copies of all material used by the organization or on its behalf to solicit contributions? If you answered 'No' to any of the above, please explain. (If you need more space, attach a separate statement.)

35

Yes No 29 30

31

32a 32b 32c 32d

Does the organization discriminate by race in any way with respect to: Students' rights or privileges? Admissions policies? Employment of faculty or administrative staff? Scholarships or other financial assistance? Educational policies? Use of facilities? Athletic programs? h Other extracurricular activities? If you answered 'Yes' to any of the above, please explain. (If you need more space, attach a separate statement.)

a b c d e f g

34 a b

Page 4

33a 33b 33c 33d 33e 33f 33 33h

Does the organization receive any financial aid or assistance from a governmental agency? Has the organization's right to such aid ever been revoked or suspended? If you answered 'Yes' to either 34a or b, please explain using an attached statement. Does the organization certify that it has complied with the applicable requirements of sections 4.01 through 4.05 of Rev. Proc. 75-50, 1975-2 C.B. 587, covering racial nondiscrimination? If 'No,' attach an explanation

34a 34b

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FAIRVOTE Schedule A (Form 990 or 990-EZ) 2005 FORMERLY : CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY I 'Part VI -A Lobbying Expenditures by Electing Public Charities (See page 9 of the instructions.)

Page 5

54-1635649

(To be completed ONLY by an eligible organization that filed Form 5768) Check ^ a

if the organization belongs to an affiliated group .

Check ^ b 0 if you checked 'a ' and 'limited control' provisions apply.

Limits on Lobbying Expenditures

(a) Affiliated group

(b) To be completed for ALL

(The term 'expenditures' means amounts paid or incurred.)

totals

electing organizations

N/A 36 37 38 39 40 41

Total lobbying expenditures to influence public opinion (grassroots lobbying) Total lobbying expenditures to influence a legislative body (direct lobbying) Total lobbying expenditures (add lines 36 and 37) Other exempt purpose expenditures Total exempt purpose expenditures (add lines 38 and 39) Lobbying nontaxable amount. Enter the amount from the following table If the amount on line 40 is -

The lobbying nontaxable amount is -

Not over $500,000

20% of the amount on line 40

Over $500,000 but not over $1,000,000

$100,000 plus 15% of the excess over $500,000

Over $1,000,000 but not over $1,500,000

$175,000 plus 10% of the excess over $1,000,000

Over $1,500,000 but not over $17,000,000

$225,000 plus 5% of the excess over $1,500,000

Over $17,000,000

$1,000,000

42 Grassroots nontaxable amount (enter 25% of line 41) 43 Subtract line 42 from line 36. Enter -0- if line 42 is more than line 36 44 Subtract line 41 from line 38. Enter -0- if line 41 is more than line 38

36 37 38 39 40

358499. 361499.

41

72300

42 43 44

18075. 0. 0.

0. 3000 . 3000 .

.

Caution: If there is an amount on either line 43 or line 44, you must file Form 4720.

4-Year Averaging Period Under Section 501(h) (Some organizations that made a section 501(h) election do not have to complete all of the five columns below. See the instructions for lines 45 through 50 on page 11 of the instructions.) Lobbying Expenditures During 4-Year Averaging Period Calendar year ( or fiscal year beginning in)

^

(a) 2005

(b ) 2004

( c) 2003

(d) 2002

(e) Total

127816.

277232.

45 Lobbying nontaxable

amount

77116.

72300.

46 Lobbying ceiling amount ( 150% of line 45( e )) 47 Total lobbying

415848.

exp enditures

3000.

4291.

6999.

79549.

93839.

18075.

11267.

19279.

31954.

80575.

48 Grassroots nontaxable

amount 49 Grassroots ceiling amount ( 150% of line 48a 50 Grassroots lobbying

120863.

expenditures Part Vl - B

0.

32342.

32342.

Lobbvina Activity by Nonelectina Public Chariti es (For reporting only by organizations that did not complete Part VI-A) (See page 11 of the instructions.)

During the year, did the organization attempt to influence national, state or local legislation, including any attempt to influence public opinion on a legislative matter or referendum, through the use of a Volunteers b Paid staff or management (Include compensation in expenses reported on lines c through h.) c Media advertisements d Mailings to members, legislators, or the public e Publications, or published or broadcast statements f Grants to other organizations for lobbying purposes g Direct contact with legislators, their staffs, government officials, or a legislative body h Rallies, demonstrations, seminars, conventions, speeches, lectures, or any other means i Total lobbying expenditures (Add lines c through h.) If 'Yes' to any of the above, also attach a statement giving a detailed description of the lobbying activities.

N/A Yes

No

Amount

0.

523141

02-03-06

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'

FAIRVOTE

Schedule A (Form 990 or 990-EZ) 2005 FORMERLY : CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY 54-1635649 Part VII Information Regarding Transfers To and Transactions and Relationships With Noncharitable 51 a

b

c d

Exempt Organizations (See page 12 of the instructions.) Did the reporting organization directly or indirectly engage in any of the following with any other organization described in section 501(c) of the Code (other than section 501(c)(3) organizations) or in section 527, relating to political organizations9 Transfers from the reporting organization to a noncharitable exempt organization of (i) Cash (ii) Other assets Other transactions: (i) Sales or exchanges of assets with a noncharitable exempt organization (ii) Purchases of assets from a noncharitable exempt organization (iii) Rental of facilities, equipment, or other assets (iv) Reimbursement arrangements (v) Loans or loan guarantees (vi) Performance of services or membership or fundraising solicitations Sharing of facilities, equipment, mailing lists, other assets, or paid employees If the answer to any of the above is 'Yes, complete the following schedule. Column (b) should always show the fair market value of the goods, other assets, or services given by the reporting organization. If the organization received less than fair market value in any transaction or sharing arrangement, show in column (d) the value of the goods, other assets, or services received:

(a) Line no.

52 a

(b) Amount involved

(c) Name of noncharitable exempt organization

Yes

Page 6

No

51a(i) a(ii)

X X

b(i) b(ii) b(iii)

X X X

b(iv)

X

b(v)

X

b(vi) c

X X

N/A (d) Description of transfers, transactions, and sharing arrangements

Is the organization directly or indirectly affiliated with , or related to , one or more tax-exempt organizations described in section 501 ( c) of the Code ( other than section 501(c)(3 )) or in section 527? 1 fl Yes

No

^1:i 171

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2005 DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION REPORT

990

FORM 990 PAGE 2 Asset No

Description

Date Acquired

Method

Life

Line

N.

Unadjusted Cost Or Basis

Bus % Excl

Reduction In Basis

Basis For Depreciation

Accumulated Depreciation

Current Sec 179

Amount Of Depreciation

1 COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

01 01 94 SL

5.00 16

1470.

1470.

1470.

0.

2 COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

01 01 98 S L

5.00 16

2147.

2147.

2148.

0.

3 FURNITURE

99 S L

7.00 16

1507.

1507.

1291.

215.

4 OMPUTER EQUIPMENT

99 S L

5.00 16

5780.

5780.

5780.

0.

5 OMPUTER EQUIPMENT

06 01 00 S L

5.00 16

3075.

3075.

2767.

308.

6 COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

12 28 01 S L

5.00 16

1727.

1727.

1035.

345.

7 OMPUTER EQUIPMENT

07 01 02 S L

5.00 16

2094.

2094.

1257.

419.

8 COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

07 12 04 S L

5.00

16

403.

403.

40.

81.

9 COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

05 20 04 SL

5.00 16

1081.

1081.

144.

216.

10 OMPUTER EQUIPMENT

05 07 04 S L

5.00 16

522.

522.

70.

104.

11 COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

09 13 04 SL

5.00 16

618.

618.

41.

124.

12 COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

11 21 04 SL

5.00 16

565.

565.

19.

113.

13 FURNITURE

03 15 05 S L

7.00 16

1596.

1596.

181.

1

OMPUTER EQUIPMENT

01 29 05 S L

5.00 16

800.

800.

147.

15 OMPUTER EQUIPMENT

03 18 05 S L

5.00 16

643.

643.

102.

16 FURNITURE

03 21 05 S L

7.00 16

554.

554.

63.

17 COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

03 23 05 S L

5.00 16

1558.

1558.

234.

18 COMPUTER E QUIPMENT

03 24 05 L

5.00 16

1452.

1452.

218.

01-06oe

(D) - Asset disposed

19

` ITC, Section 179, Salvage, Bonus, Commercial Revitalization Deduction, GO Zone


2005 DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION REPORT

990

FORM 990 PAGE 2 Asset No

Description

Date Acquired

Method

Life

Line No

Unadjusted Cost Or Basis

Bus % Excl

Reduction In Basis

Basis For Depreciation

Accumulated Depreciation

Current Sec 179

Amount Of Depreciation

19 URNITURE

04 02 05 SL

7.00 16

336.

336.

36.

20 COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

08 22 05 S L

5.00 16

1075.

1075.

81.

21 COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

08 22 05 S L

5.00 16

692.

692.

52.

* TOTAL 990 PAGE 2

EPR

01-06oe

29695.

(D) - Asset disposed

20

0.

29695.

16062.

0.

3039.

* ITC, Section 179, Salvage, Bonus, Commercial Revitalization Deduction, GO Zone


FAIRVOTE FORMERLY:CENTER FOR VOTING AND

FORM 990

OTHER EXPENSES

(A) DESCRIPTION

TOTAL

INSURANCE BANK FEES CONSULTANTS INTERNS OTHER TAXES PROFESSIONAL FEES BALLOTT SERVICES CAMPAIGNS TOTAL TO FM 990,

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0. 499. 34745. 49511. 89. 305. 22050. 2200. LN 43

304658

109399.

(B) PROGRAM SERVICES

STATEMENT

(C) MANAGEMENT AND GENERAL

1

(D) FUNDRAISING

499. 34745. 44963.

2948. 89. 180.

1600.

3716.

1725.

125.

22050. 2200. 103958.

21 STATEMENT(S) 1 2005.06000 FAIRVOTE FORMERLY:CENTER FO 304658 1


FAIRIOTE FORMERLY : CENTER FOR VOTING AND

FORM 990

54-1635649

STATEMENT

OFFICER COMPENSATION ALLOCATION PART II , LINE 25

COMPENSATION

EMPLOYEE BEN. PLANS

ROBERT RICHIE

49000.

6000.

55000.

A.

PROGRAM SERVICES

39200.

4800.

44000.

B.

MANAGEMENT AND GENERAL

4900.

600.

5500.

C.

FUNDRAISING

4900.

600.

5500.

NAME OF OFFICER,

ETC.

EXPENSE ACCOUNTS

2

TOTALS

44000.

TOTAL PROGRAM SERVICES TOTAL MANAGEMENT AND GENERAL

5500.

TOTAL FUNDRAISING

5500.

TOTAL OFFICER,

ETC.,

COMPENSATION INCLUDED ON PARTS V-A AND V-B

OTHER PROGRAM SERVICES

FORM 990

GRANTS AND ALLOCATIONS

DESCRIPTION

14251023

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PART III,

304658

STATEMENT

3

EXPENSES 42513.

ELECTION SERVICES DEMOCRACY USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION REFORM TOTAL TO FORM 990,

55000.

6511. 94172. LINE E

143196.

STATEMENT(S) 2, 3 22 2005.06000 FAIRVOTE FORMERLY:CENTER FO 3046581


FAIR\7QTE FORMERLY:CENTER FOR VOTING AND

FORM 990

54-1635649

DEPRECIATION OF ASSETS NOT HELD FOR INVESTMENT

COST OR OTHER BASIS

DESCRIPTION

ACCUMULATED DEPRECIATION

STATEMENT

4

BOOK VALUE

COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

1470.

1470.

0.

COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

2147.

2148.

-1.

FURNITURE COMPUTER EQUIPMENT COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

1507. 5780. 3075.

1506. 5780. 3075.

1. 0. 0.

COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

1727.

1380.

347.

COMPUTER COMPUTER COMPUTER COMPUTER COMPUTER COMPUTER

2094. 403. 1081. 522. 618. 565.

1676. 121. 360. 174. 165. 132.

418. 282. 721. 348. 453. 433.

FURNITURE

1596.

181.

1415.

COMPUTER EQUIPMENT COMPUTER EQUIPMENT FURNITURE COMPUTER EQUIPMENT COMPUTER EQUIPMENT FURNITURE COMPUTER EQUIPMENT COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

800. 643. 554. 1558. 1452. 336. 1075. 692.

147. 102. 63. 234. 218. 36. 81. 52.

653. 541. 491. 1324. 1234. 300.

29695.

19101.

10594.

EQUIPMENT EQUIPMENT EQUIPMENT EQUIPMENT EQUIPMENT EQUIPMENT

TOTAL TO FORM 990,

PART IV,

FORM 990

LN 57

OTHER ASSETS

DESCRIPTION

5

3766. 2421.

TOTAL TO FORM 990,

781948

STATEMENT

AMOUNT

PREPAID EXPENSES SECURITY DEPOSIT

14251023

994. 640.

PART IV,

304658

LINE 58,

COLUMN B

6187.

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54-1635649

FAIRVOTE FORMERLY:CENTER FOR VOTING AND

FORM 990

LOANS PAYABLE TO OFFICER'S,

DIRECTOR'S,

EXEC.

DATE OF NOTE

MATURITY DATE

12/31/ 05

12/31/06

STATEMENT

4000.

DIRECT.

TERMS OF REPAYMENT

INTEREST RATE

.00%

SECURITY PROVIDED BY BORROWER

PURPOSE OF LOAN

FMV OF CONSIDERATION

DESCRIPTION OF CONSIDERATION

0.

TOTAL TO FORM 990,

6

ORIGINAL LOAN AMOUNT

LENDER'S NAME AND TITLE ROBERT RICHIE,

ETC.

PART IV,

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LINE 63,

COLUMN B

BALANCE DUE

4000. 4000.

STATEMENT(S) 6 24 2005.06000 FAIRVOTE FORMERLY:CENTER FO 3046581


FAIRVOTE FORMERLY:CENTER FOR VOTING AND

FORM 990

54-1635649

PART V-A - LIST OF OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, TRUSTEES AND KEY EMPLOYEES

TITLE AND AVRG HRS/WK

NAME AND ADDRESS ROBERT RICHIE

STATEMENT

7

EMPLOYEE BEN PLAN EXPENSE CONTRIB ACCOUNT

COMPENSATION

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

7401 JACKSON AVENUE

40.00

4900 0.

6000.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.00

0.

0.

0.

BOARD MEMBER 0.00

0.

0.

0.

ANOTONIO GONZALEZ 2914 N. MAIN STREET LOS ANGELES, CA 90031

BOARD MEMBER 0.00

0.

0.

0.

EDDIE HAILES

BOARD MEMBER

0.

0.

0.

TAKOMA PARK,

MD

20912

JOHN ANDERSON

CHAIR

3300 36TH STREET, NE, FORT LAUDERDALE,

FL

#1016

0.00

33308

FAYE PARK C/O FUND FOR PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH 1129 STATE STREET SANTA BARBARA, CA 93101

VICE CHAIR

CYNTHIA TERRELL 7401 JACKSON AVENUE TAKOMA PARK, MD 20912

SECRETARY 0.00

WILLIAM REDPATH

TREASURER

0.00

12270 EXBURY STREET HERNDON,

VA

0.00

20170

HENDRIK HERTZBERG C/O NEW YORKER MAGAZINE,

BOARD MEMBER 20 WEST

43RD STREET NEW YORK,

0.00

NY

10036

MALIA LAZU

BOARD MEMBER

733 15TH STREET, WASHINGTON,

DC

SUITE 1020 20005

NINA MOSELEY 105 WEST MAIN STREET

CARRBORO, NC

27510

1730 M. STREET, NW WASHINGTON,

14251023

DC

781948

0.00

20036

304658

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FAIRVOTE FORMERLY:CENTER FOR VOTING AND CLAY MULFORD 2727 N. HARWOOD DALLAS , TX 75201

BOARD MEMBER 0.00

KRIST NOVOSELIC

BOARD MEMBER

54-1635649 0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.00

0.

0.

0.

KATHY SPILLAR 433 SOUTH BEVERLY DRIVE BEVERLY HILLS , CA 90212

BOARD MEMBER 0.00

0.

0.

0.

JESSE JACKSON C/O FRANK WATKINS

BOARD MEMBER

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

P.O.

BOX 153

NASELLE ,

0.00

WA 98638

JAMIN RASKIN

BOARD MEMBER

7209 HOLLY AVE. TAKOMA PARK ,

0.00

MD

20912

KEN RITCHIE 6 CHACEL STREET LONDON , UK SE10UU RASHAD ROBINSON 161 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS,

CHIEF EXEC. 0.00

BOARD MEMBER 12TH

FLOOR NEW YORK ,

NY

10013

313 CANNON HOB WASHINGTON ,

DC

0.00 20515

DAVID WILNER

BOARD MEMBER

2740 ALVARDO RD. BERKELEY ,

0.00

CA 94705

DAVID MOON 6930 CARROLL AVE, NW SUITE 610 TAKOMA PARK, MD 20912

PROGRAM DIRECTOR 0.00

0.

0.

0.

RYAN O'DONNELL 6930 CARROLL AVE, NW SUITE 610 TAKOMA PARK, MD 20912

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR 0.00 0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

0.

49000.

6000.

0.

CHRIS PEARSON 6930 CARROLL AVE, NW SUITE 610 TAKOMA PARK, MD 20912

TOTALS INCLUDED ON FORM 990,

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PART V-A

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FAIRVbTE FORMERLY:CENTER FOR VOTING AND

FORM 990

54-1635649

IDENTIFICATION OF RELATED ORGANIZATIONS PART VI, LINE 80B

NAME OF ORGANIZATION

STATEMENT

EXEMPT

THE CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY ACTION FUND

SCHEDULE A

2004 AMOUNT

GAIN ON SALE OF SEC. TOTAL TO SCHEDULE A,

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LINE 22

304658

NONEXEMPT

X

OTHER INCOME

DESCRIPTION

8

STATEMENT

2003 AMOUNT

2002 AMOUNT

9

2001 AMOUNT

0.

0.

-131.

0.

0.

0.

-131.

0.

27 STATEMENT(S) 8, 9 2005.06000 FAIRVOTE FORMERLY:CENTER FO 3046581


OMB No 1545-0172

• Form

4562

Depreciation and Amortization

(Rev January 2008)

2005

990

(Including Information on Listed Property)

Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Name(s) shown on return

^ See separate instructions .

Attachment Sequence No 67 Identifying number

^ Attach to your tax return . Business or activity to which this form relates

FAIRVOTE

FORMERLY:CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRAC FORM 990 PAGE 2 54-1635649 Part I Election To Exp ense Certain Pro p e rty Under Section 179 Note : If you have any listed property, complete Part V before you complete Part I. 1 Maximum amount. See the instructions for a higher limit for certain businesses 2 Total cost of section 179 property placed in service (see instructions) 3 Threshold cost of section 179 property before reduction in limitation 4 Reduction in limitation Subtract line 3 from line 2. If zero or less, enter -0• 5

1 2 3 4

-

Dollar limitation for tax year Subtract line 4 from line 1 If zero or less, enter - 0- If married filing separately, see instructions

6

(a) Description of property

105000. 420000 .

5

(b) Cost ( business use only)

(c ) Elected cost

7 Listed property. Enter the amount from line 29 7 8 Total elected cost of section 179 property. Add amounts in column (c), lines 6 and 7 9 Tentative deduction Enter the smaller of line 5 or line 8 10 Carryover of disallowed deduction from line 13 of your 2004 Form 4562 11 Business income limitation Enter the smaller of business income (not less than zero) or line 5 12 Section 179 expense deduction. Add lines 9 and 10, but do not enter more than line 11 13 Carryover of disallowed deduction to 2006. Add lines 9 and 10, less line 12 ^ I 13 Note : Do not use Part ll or Part ll/ below for listed property. Instead, use Part V Part II Special Depreciation Allowance and Other Depreciation (Do not include listed property.)

8 -

14 Special allowance for certain aircraft, certain property with a long production period, and qualified NYL or GO Zone property (other than listed property) placed in service during the tax year

9 10 11 12

14 15 16

15 Property subject to section 168(f)(1) election 16 Other de p reciation (includin g ACRS) Part III MACRS Depreciation (Do not include listed property.) (See instructions) Section A 17 MACRS deductions for assets placed in service in tax years beginning before 2005

17

18 If you are electing to group any assets placed in service during the tax year into one or more general asset accounts , check here

^ O

Section B - Assets Placed in Service Durinq 2005 Tax Year Usinc the General Depreciation System (a) Classification of property

19a

h i

(b) Month and year placed in service

3 -year p ro p erty 5-year p ro p erty 7 -year p ro perty 10 ear p ro perty 15 ear p ro perty 20 ear p ro p ert y ear p ro p ert y Residential rental property

/ /

(c) Basis for depreciation (business/investment use only - see instructions)

( d) Recovery e peri od

yrs. 27 5 y rs 27 5 yrs

(e) Convention

(f) Method

( g) Depreciation deduction

S/L

S/L S/L / Nonresidential real property / S/L MM Section C - Assets Placed in Service During 2005 Tax Year Using the Alternative Depreciation System

20a b c Part

39 yrs.

Class life 12 ear 12 yrs 40-year / 40 yrs. IV Summary (see instructions) 21 Listed property Enter amount from line 28 22 Total . Add amounts from line 12, lines 14 through 17, lines 19 and 20 in column (g), and line 21. Enter here and on the appropriate lines of your return. Partnerships and S corporations - see instr 23 For assets shown above and placed in service during the current year, enter the portion of the basis attributable to section 263A costs F231 LHA For Paperwork Reduction Act Notice , see separate instructions . 01-0s0e

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MM MM

MM

S/L S/L S/L 21 22

3039 .

Form 4562 (2005) (Rev 1-2006)

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FAIRVOTE 'Form 4562 (2005) (Rev. 1.2006) FORMERLY: CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY 54-1635649 Page 2 Listed Property (Include automobiles, certain other vehicles, cellular telephones, certain computers, and property used for entertainment, Part V recreation, or amusement.) Note : For any vehicle for which you are using the standard mileage rate or deducting lease expense, complete only 24a, 24b, columns (a) through (c) of Section A, all of Section B, and Section C if applicable. Section A - Depreciation and Other Information (Caution : See the instructions for limits for passenger automobiles.) Ow_

nn ,nu hwn cv,riannn i n cunnnrf } he hucmnecfirnmefmnnt uce r1 ,mer19

Date placed in service

Type of property (list vehicles first)

Business/ investment use percentage

I

I v ....

I

I wl..

nwL. Is "v.... "" ,.. +L......,.A.............w-_') E

B asis for depreciation

Cost or other basis

Recovery period

(b us ness/investment use only)

Method/ Convention

25 Special allowance for certain aircraft , certain property with a long production period , and qualified NYL or GO Zone p ro p e rty p laced in service durin g the tax year and used more than 50% in a q ualified business use 26 Property used more than 50% in a qualified business use.

Depreciation deduction

^ vim... l1

Elected section 179 cost

25

% 1 50% or less In a q ualified business use:

27 Pro p ert y

S/L -

%

S/L 28 Add amounts in column (h), lines 25 through 27 Enter here and on line 21, page 1 29 Add amounts in column (I), line 26. Enter here and on line 7 , page 1

28 29

Section B - Information on Use of Vehicles Complete this section for vehicles used by a sole proprietor, partner, or other "more than 5% owner," or related person If you provided vehicles to your employees, first answer the questions in Section C to see if you meet an exception to completing this section for those vehicles (a) Vehicle

30 Total busmesslnvestment miles driven during the year ( do not include commuting miles) 31 Total commuting miles driven during the year 32 Total other personal (noncommuting) miles driven 33 Total miles driven during the year. Add lines 30 through 32 34 Was the vehicle available for personal use during off-duty hours? 35 Was the vehicle used primarily by a more than 5% owner or related person? 36 Is another vehicle available for personal use?

Yes

(b) Vehicle

No

Yes

(c) Vehicle

No

Yes

(d) Vehicle

No

Yes

(e) Vehicle

No

Yes

(f) Vehicle

No

Yes

No

Section C - Questions for Employers Who Provide Vehicles for Use by Their Employees Answer these questions to determine if you meet an exception to completing Section B for vehicles used by employees who are not more than 5% owners or related p ersons. 37 Do you maintain a written policy statement that prohibits all personal use of vehicles, including commuting, by your employees? 38 Do you maintain a written policy statement that prohibits personal use of vehicles, except commuting, by your employees? See the instructions for vehicles used by corporate officers, directors, or 1% or more owners 39 Do you treat all use of vehicles by employees as personal use? 40 Do you provide more than five vehicles to your employees, obtain information from your employees about the use of the vehicles, and retain the information received? _ 41 Do you meet the requirements concerning qualified automobile demonstration use? Note : If your answer to 37, 38, 39, 40, or 41 is "Yes," do not complete Section B for the covered vehicles Part VI Amortization

(a)

I

Description of costs

(b)

I

(c)

(d)

Yes

(e)

(f)

Date amorbzahon

Amortizable

Code

Amorhtahon

amount

Amortization

begins

sect i on

period or percentage

for th i s year

No

42 Amortization of costs that begins during your 2005 tax year

43 Amortization of costs that began before your 2005 tax year 44 Total. Add amounts in column (f) See the instructions for where to report

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Form 4562 (2005) (Rev. 1-2006) 29 FAIRVOTE FORMERLY:CENTER FO 3046581


' Form 8868 (Rev. 12-2004)

Page 2

•* If you are filing for an Additional ( not automatic ) 3-Month Extension , complete only Part II and check this box Note : Only complete Part II if you have already been granted an automatic 3-month extension on a previously filed Form 8868. • If you are filing for an Autom ati c 3-Month Extension , complete only Part I (on page 1).

Additional (not automatic) 3-Month Extension of Time - Must file Original and One Copy.

Part II

Name of Exempt Organization

Employer identification number

Number, street, and room or suite no. If a P.O box, see instructions

For IRS use only

Type or FAIRVOTE print. FORMERLY:CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY File b y the extended due date for fil ing t h e

^ Ell

P.Q.

return see instructions

BOX

54-1635649

60037

City, town or post office, state, and ZIP code. For a foreign address, see instructions

ASHINGTON

DC

20039

Check type of return to be filed (File a separate application for each return): Form 990 -EZ Form 990-T (sec 401 (a) or 408 (a) trust ) ® Form 990 Form 990-BL Form 990-PF Form 990-T (trust other than above)

Form 1041-A Form 4720

L1 Form 5227 Form 6069

Form 8870

STOP: Do not complete Part II if you were not already granted an automatic 3-month extension on a previously filed Form 8868.

• The books are in the care of ^ CYNTHIA TERRELL Telephone No ^ 301 - 270 4981 FAX No. ^ • If the organization does not have an office or place of business in the United States , check this box • If this is for a Group Return , enter the organization 's four digit Group Exemption Number (GEN) If this is for the whole group, check this box ^ 0 If it is for part of the group , check this box ^ = and attach a list with the names and EINs of all members the extension is for I request an additional 3-month extension of time until 4 NOVEMBER 15, 2006 For calendar year 2 0 0 5 , or other tax year beginning and ending 5 If this tax year is for less than 12 months , check reason Final return Change in accounting period 0 Initial return 6 7 State in detail why you need the extension

8a

If this application is for Form 990-BL, 990-PF, 990-T, 4720, or 6069, enter the tentative tax, less any nonrefundable credits. See Instructions If this application is for Form 990-PF, 990-T, 4720, or 6069 , enter any refundable credits and estimated tax payments made Include any prior year overpayment allowed as a credit and any amount paid previously with Form 8868 -

c

$

Balance Due. Subtract line 8b from line 8a . Include your payment with this form, or, if required, deposit with FTD

coupon or, if required, by using EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System). See Instructions Signature and Verification

$

N/A

Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this form, including accompanying schedules and statements, and to the best of my knowledge and belief, it is true, correct, and complete, and that I am authorized to prepare this form.

Title ^ CPA AT TAXPAYER'S REQUEST Date ^

Signature ^

Notice to Applicant - To Be Completed by the IRS We have approved this application. Please attach this form to the organization 's return. We have not approved this application . However , we have granted a 10-day grace period from the later of the date shown below or the due date of the organization ' s return (including any prior extensions). This grace period is considered to be a valid extension of time for elections otherwise required to be made on a timely return Please attach this form to the organization ' s return We have not approved this application . After considering the reasons stated in item 7, we cannot grant your request for an extension of time to file. We are not granting a 10-day grace period We cannot consider this application because it was filed after the extended due date of the return for which an extension was requested a Other By: Director

Date

Alternate Mailing Address - Enter the address if you want the copy of this application for an additional 3-month extension returned to an address different than the one entered above.

Type or print s-0105

Name RICHARD S. BADGER , CPA , PC Number and street ( include suite, room, or apt. no.) or a P.O. box number 30 2 MAPLE AVENUE WEST , STE 6 City or town , province or state , and country ( including postal or ZIP code) VIENNA VIRGINIA 22180 Form 8868 (Rev. 12-2004) 30

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Form

420

Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service

Return of Certain Excise Taxes on Charities and Other Persons Under Chapters 41 and 42 of the Internal Revenue Code

0MB No. 1 545-0052

205

( Sections 170 ( f)(10), 4911, 4912, 4941 , 4942, 4943, 4944 , 4945 , 4955 , and 4958) ^ See separate instructions.

For calendar year 2005 or other tax year be g innin g

2005 , and endin

Name of foundation or public charity FAIRVOTE FORMERLY:CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY

Employer identification number

Number, street, and room or suite no. (or P.O. box if mail is not delivered to street address) P. O. BOX 6 0 0 3 7

Check box for type of annual return: Form 990 Form 990EZ

City or town, state, and ZIP code WASHINGTON , DC

Form 990-PF 0 Form 5227

A B

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

54-1635649

20039

Is the organization a foreign private foundation within the meaning of section 4948(b)? Has corrective action been taken on any taxable event that resulted in Chapter 42 taxes being reported on this form9 (Enter 'N/A' if not applicable) N/A If 'Yes, attach a detailed description and documentation of the corrective action taken and, if applicable, enter the fair market value of any property recovered as a result of the correction ^ $ . If 'No,' (i.e., any uncorrected acts , or transactions ), attach an ex p lanation ( see p a Q e 3 of the instructions ) . Part I Taxes on Org anization (Sections 170 (f)( 1 0, 4911 (a) , 4912 (a) , 4942 (a) , 4943 (a) , 4944 (a)( 1 ) , 4945(a) 1), and 4955 (a)(1 )) Tax on undistributed income - Schedule B, line 4 1 Tax on excess business holdings - Schedule C, line 7 2 Tax on investments that jeopardize charitable purpose - Schedule D, Part I, column (e) 3 Tax on taxable expenditures - Schedule E, Part I, column (g) 4 Tax on political expenditures - Schedule F, Part I, column (e) 5 Tax on excess lobbying expenditures - Schedule G, line 4 6 Tax on disqualifying lobbying expenditures - Schedule H, Part I, column (e) 7 Tax on premiums paid on personal benefit contracts 8 Total ( add lines 1 - 8 ) 9

Part II-A

Yes No X

Taxes on Self - Dealers , Disqualified Persons , Foundation Managers, and Organization Managers (Sections 4912 (b), 4941 a 4944(a)(2), 4945(a)(2), 4955 (a)(2), and 4958 (a)) (b ) Taxpayer identification number

(a) Name and address of person subject to tax

a b

c a (c) Tax -self-dealing on Schedule A, Part II, col. (d), and Part III, col. ( d )

(d) Tax on investments that leoparadlzechedule IIcharitable, purpose D, Part col. d S

(e) Tax on taxable expenditures Schedule E, Part II, col. (d)

(f) Tax on political expenditures Schedule F, Part II, col. (d)

a b

c If Total (g) Tax on disqualifying lobbying expenditures Schedule H, Part II, col. (d)

(h) Tax on excess benefit transactions Schedule I, Part II, col. (d), and Part III, col. (d)

(i) Total - Add cols. (c) through (h)

a b

c d Total

Part lI-B 1

2

Summary of Taxes (See Tax Payments on page 2 of the instructions)

Enter the taxes listed in Part II-A, column ( I), that apply to self-dealers, disqualified persons, foundation managers , and organization managers who sign this form. If all sign , enter the total amount from Part II-A, column (I) Total tax. Add Part I, line 9, and Part II - B, line 1. (Make check(s) or money order(s) payable

524061 1 -08 2 oe os

JWA

For Privacy Act and Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, see page 8 of the instructions.

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Form 4720 (2005)

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.

FAIRVOTE FORMERLY :CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY

, Fbrm 4720 12005)

54-1635649

Page 2

SCHEDULE A - Initial Taxes on Self- Dealing (Section 4941) Part I (a) Act number

Acts of Self-Dealina and Tax Computation (b) Date of act

(c) Description of act

1 2 3 4 5 (d) Question number from Form 990-PF, Part VII-B, or Form 5227, Part VI- B, applicable to the act

Part II

(e) Amount involved in act

(f) Initial tax on selfdealing (5% of col. ( e))

(g)Tax on foundation mana g ers if a pp licablel ( lesser of $1u,000 or 2Y2 Y. of col. ( e ))

Summa ry of Tax Liability of Self- Dealers and Proration of Payments (b) Act no. from Part I, col. (a)

(a) Names of self-dealers liable for tax

(c) Tax from Part I, col. (f), or prorated amount

(d) Self-dealer's total tax liability (add amounts in col. (c l) see page 4 of the instructions )

Part III I Summary of Tax Liability of Foundation Manaaers and Proration of Payments (a) Names of foundation managers liable for tax

(b) Act no. from Part I, col. (a)

(c) Tax from Part I, col. (g), or prorated amount

(d) Manager's total tax liability (add amounts in col. (c)) ( see p age 4 of the instructions )

SCHEDULE B - Initial Tax on Undistributed Income (Section 4942) 1 2 3

Undistributed income for years before 2004 (from Form 990-PF for 2005, Part XIII, line 6d) Undistributed income for 2004 (from Form 990-PF for 2005, Part XIII, line 6e) Total undistributed income at end of current tax year beginning in 2005 and subject to tax under section 4942 (add lines 1 and 2)

4 Tax - Enter 15% of line 3 here and on p a g e 1 , Part I line 1 JWA

1 2 3 4 Form 4720 (2005)

524071 12-08-05

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Form 4720J2005) â&#x20AC;˘

54-1635649

Page 3

SCHEDULE C - Initial Tax on Excess Business Holdings (Section 4943)

â&#x20AC;˘

Business Holdings and Computation of Tax If you have taxable excess holdings in more than one business enterprise, attach a separate schedule for each enterprise. Refer to the instructions on page 4 for each line item before making any entries. Name and address of business enterprise

number

^

No. Voting stock (b) ting stock Nonvoting s(profits interest or Value to interest) beneficial interest)

I

Foundation holdings in business enterprise

2

Permitted holdings in business enterprise

3 4

Value of excess holdings in business enterprise Value of excess holdings disposed of within 90 days; or, other value of excess holdings not subject to section 4943 tax (attach explanation) Taxable excess holdings in business enterprise - line 3 minus line 4

5

6 7

Tax - Enter 5% of line 5 Total tax - Add amounts on line 6, columns (a), (b), and (c): enter total here and on oaae 1. Part I. line 2

SCHEDULE D - Initial Taxes on Investments That Jeopardize Charitable Purpose (Section 4944) Investments and Tax Computation

Part I (a) Investment number

(b) Date of investment

(d) Amount of investment

(c) Description of investment

( e) Initial tax on foundation (5% of col. (d))

(f) Initial tax on foundation managers if applicable) - (lesser of 5, 000 or 5% of col. ( d ))

1 2 3 4 5 Total - column ( e ) . Enter here and on p a g e 1 , Part I line 3 Total - column (f). Enter total (or prorated amount) here and in Part II, column (c), below

Part II

Summary of Tax Liability of Foundation Managers and Proration of Payments (a) Names of foundation managers liable for tax

12-08-o5

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(b) Investment no. from Part I, col. ( a )

(c) Tax from Part I, col. (f), or prorated amount

(d) Manager's total tax liability (add amounts in col. (c)) ( see a e 6 of the instructions

Form 4720 (2005)

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FAIRVOTE FORMERLY: CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY

Form 4720.(2005)

SCHEDULE E - Initial Taxes on Taxable Expenditures Part I

54-1635649

Page 4

(Section 4945)

FxnanrlifIIrcc and Cmmmitatinn of Tay

(a) Item number

(b) Amount

(c) Date paid or incurred

1 2 3 4 5 (f) Question number from Form 990-PF, Part VII-B, or Form 5227, Part VI-B, applicable to the expenditure

(d) Name and address of recipient

(e) Description of expenditure and purposes for which made

(g) Initial tax imposed on foundation (10% of col. (b))

(h) Initial tax imposed on foundation managers (if applicable)-(lesser of $5,000 or 211% of col. (b))

Total - column (g). Enter here and on p a g e 1 , Part I line 4 Total - column (h). Enter total (or prorated amount) here and in Part II, column (c), below

Part 11 I Summary of Tax Liability of Foundation Manaaers and Proration of Payments (a) Names of foundation managers liable for tax

( b) Item no . from (c) Tax from Part I, col. (h), Part I, col. (a) or prorated amount

(d) Manager's total tax li ab i lity (add amounts in col (c)) (see p age 7 of the instructions )

SCHEDULE F - Initial Taxes on Political Expenditures (Section 4955) Part I

Expenditures and Computation of Tax

(a) Item number

b Amount ( )

(c) Date paid or incurred

(d) Description of political expenditure

(e) Initial tax imposed on organization or foundation ( 10% of col. ( b ))

(f) Initial tax imposed on mansgers (if aoolicable) (lesser of $5,000 or 2Y /e of col. ( b ))

1 2 3 4 5 Total - column ( e ) . Enter here and on p a g e 1 , Part I line 5 Total - column ( f ) . Enter total ( or p rorated amount ) here and in Part II column c below Part II

Ciimmirv of Tax I inhility of nrnnnivn+inn Mnnnnorc nr Fni,nriafinn M-nurc enrl Drnrafinn of Dnvmonfc

(a) Names of organization managers or foundation managers liable for tax

i2-oaos

TWA

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(b) Item no. from (c ) Tax from Part I, col. (f), Part I , col. (a) or prorated amount

(d) Manager ' s total tax liab ili ty (add amounts in col (c)) (see p ag e 7 of the instructions)

Form 4720 (2005)

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Form 4720 (2005)

54-1635649

Pace 5

SCHEDULE G - Tax on Excess Lobbying Expenditures (Section 4911) Excess of grassroots expenditures over grassroots nontaxable amount (from Schedule A (Form 990 or 990-EZ), Part VI-A, column (b), line 43). (See page 7 of the instructions before making entry.) Excess of lobbying expenditures over lobbying nontaxable amount (from Schedule A (Form 990 or 990-EZ), Part VI-A, column (b), line 44). (See page 7 of the instructions before making entry.)

I 2

Taxable lobbying expenditures - enter the larger of line 1 or line 2

3

1

SCHEDULE H - Taxes on Disqualifying Lobbying Expenditures (Section 4912) Part I (a) Item number

Expenditures and Computation of Tax (b) Amount

(c ) Date paid or incurred

(d) Description of lobbying expenditures

(e) Tax imposed on organization 5 /o of col. ( b ))

(f) Tax imposed on organization mana g ers (if applicable)5 /o of col. ( b ))

1 2 3 4 5 Total - column ( e ) . Enter here and on p a g e 1 , Part I line 7 Total - column ( f ) . Enter total ( or p rorated amount) here and in Part II column c below

Part II

Summary of Tax Liability of Oraanization Manaaers and Proration of Payments (a) Names of organization managers liable for tax

(b) Item no. from (c) Tax from Part I, col. (f), Part I, col. (a) or prorated amount

(d) Manager's total tax liability (add amounts in col. (c)) see a e 7 of the instructions )

SCHEDULE I - Initial Taxes on Excess Benefit Transactions (Section 4958) Part I (a) Transaction number

Excess Benefit Transactions and Tax Com p utation ( b ) Date of transaction

(c) Description of transaction

1 2 3 4 5 (d) Amount of excess benefit

TWA

(e) Initial tax on disqualified persons (25% of col. (d))

(f) Tax on organization managers (if applicable) (lesser of $10,000 or 10% of col. (d))

Form 4720 (2005)

524101

12-08-05

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Form 472012005)

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Pace 6

SCHEDULE I - Initial Taxes on Excess Benefit Transactions (Section 4958) Continued

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Part II I Summary of Tax Liability of Disqualified Persons and Proration of Payments (a) Names of disqualified persons liable for tax

Part III

(b) Trans no from

(C) Tax from Part I, col (e),

(d) Disqualified person's total tax liability (add amounts in col (c))

Part I, col (a)

or prorated amount

( see page 8 of the instructions)

Summa ry of Tax Liabili ty of 501 (c)(3) & (4) Org anization Manage rs and Proration of Pa ments (d) Manager's total tax liability (a) Names of 501(cx3) & (4) organization managers liable for tax

(b) Trans no from

(C) Tax from Part I, col (f),

(add amounts in col (c))

Part I, col (a)

or prorated amount

(see page 8 of the instructions)

Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this return, including accompanying schedules and statements, and to the best of my knowledge and belief it is true, correct, and complete. Declaration of preparer (other than taxpayer) is based on all information of which preparer has any knowledge.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Signature of officer or trustee

Title

Date

Signature ( and organization name if applicable) of self-dealer , disqualified person , foundation manager, or organization manager

Date

Signature ( and organization name if applicable ) of self-dealer , disqualified person , foundation manager, or organization manager

Date

Signature ( and organization name if applicable) of self-dealer, disqualified person , foundation manager , or organization manager

Date

Signature ( and organization name if applicable) of self-dealer , disqualified person, foundation manager , or organization manager

Date

10/23/06 Date

Signature of individual or firm preparing the return RICHARD S. BADGER, CPA, PC 302 MAPLE AVENUE WEST, STE VIENNA, VIRGINIA 22180

6

703-938-7088 Phone no. of preparer

Address of preparer 513561

e

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Form 4720 (2005)

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Form 990, Schedule A: Attachment B Filingfor 2005 by Fair Vote (ID#: 54-1635649) PART VI-A, Lobbying Activities by Electing Public Charities a.) Grassroots lobbying None. b.) Direct lobbying

FairVote engaged in a limited amount of direct lobbying - a total of less than $6,000 -- in several circumstances detailed as follows: More than half of the year ' s direct lobbying related to enacting instant runoff voting in Burlington , Vermont . First, instant runoff voting was on the ballot as a charter amendment in the city in March 2005 . We donated $ 2,000 to the Voters ' Choice Coalition that worked to pass the amendment and paid $ 300 to part-time consultant Terry Bouricius to assist the campaign . The legislature then needed to approve the city's charter change . We used $500 to pay two consultants (Terry Bouricius and Jesse Rosado) to lobby successfully for the bill's passage. Instant runoff voting also was placed on the November 2005 ballot by the city council of Takoma Park, where our organization is based. Our executive director spent time making the case for instant runoff voting and for a proposal to count ballots with paper ballots to the city council and was joined by staff members David Moon and Ryan O'Donnell and program associate Adam Johnson in putting a limited amount of time into assisting the local campaign committee. FairVote also donated $200 directly to the local campaign committee FairVote supported several congressional bills on its website, and put a limited time into lobbying on behalf of proposed constitutional amendments HJR 28 and HJR 36. FairVote program associate Andy Kirshenbaum spent some time lobbying congressional offices on behalf of HJR 28, while Presidential Elections Reform program director Chris Pearson spent even more limited time on behalf of HJR 36. â&#x20AC;˘

California consultant Chris Jerdonek spent a limited time lobbying the Alameda County Council to allow the City of Berkeley to implement instant runoff voting.


Form 990, 2005 : Attachment 1 (Page 1 of 5) Filing by Fair Vote (ID#: 54-1635649) PART III, Statement of Program Service Accomplishments Overview: FairVote pursues an innovative, solution-oriented pro-democracy agenda through research, analysis and education. Our vision of an equally secure, meaningful and effective vote for all Americans is founded on the principles articulated in the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech: we are created equal, government is of, by and for the people and it is time to make real the promise of democracy. Achieving our vision of democracy rests upon bold, but achievable reforms: • • • •

Proportional voting for legislative elections, connected to our Program for Representative Government A universally protected right to vote, connected to our Right to Vote Initiative Instant runoff voting for elections for one-winner offices, connected to our IRV America program Presidential elections where every vote is equally powerful, connected to our Presidential Elections Reform program

We also have program areas involving election research (Voting and Democracy Research center), non-governmental election services (Election Services Group) and strengthening the election reform network of organizations (Democracy SOS). We had a busy and successful year in 2005. Below are summaries from all of our program areas. Program A. Program for Representative Government Central to FairVote's work since our founding in 1992, the Program for Representative Government engages in community education, media outreach and cutting-edge research to demonstrate how winner-take-all election systems lead to uncompetitive results, underrepresentation of women and communities of color, regional polarization and unfair partisan advantage. We research, advocate and educate the public about proportional voting systems that allow like-minded groupings of voters to elect candidates in proportion to their share of the vote. Under proportional voting systems, the right to govern still belongs to the majority. However, the right to representation belongs to everyone. Proportional voting methods used in the United States include choice voting, cumulative voting and limited voting. The Program for Representative Government is focused on four major projects: partnerships with civil rights advocates and civic leaders in targeted communities; our campus to community project to engage students in debate and action on reform; outreach about proportional voting methods to redistricting reformers; and new popular education materials.


Going into 2005, the program had the following goals: 1. Media Opportunity : State Redistricting Reform Legislation 2. Outreach Opportunity : Davis, CA (choice voting); CA Assembly/Senate (multimember districts) 3. Educational & Outreach Opportunities : DC Metro Region & North Carolina Follow-up 4. Reform & Coalition-Building Opportunity : Looming 2007 VRA Reauthorization and Implications for Full Representation Systems; Support for Endangered California Voting Rights Act; Defend Chilton County (AL) Cumulative Voting 5. Education & Media Opportunity : Discussion of Federal Obstacles to Full Representation 6. Reform Profile : British Columbia's citizen assembly process could lead to adoption of choice voting in May 2005 referendum and has established an intriguing reform model to promote in the United States and particularly in California. 7. Monitor Voting Equipment & Local Options/Enabling Legislation 8. Working to Highlight Existing Full Representation Localities and do Outreach to Candidates : Cambridge, MA We also sought to proceed with several long-term goals: • • • •

Build proportional voting infrastructure by researching voting equipment compatibility and prospective needs for local options legislation. Provide educational tools to reformers interested in local initiatives Propose proportional voting systems in Voting Rights Act lawsuits Showcase superdistricts with proportional voting as chief goals for state legislative and Congressional elections.

To achieve our long and short-term goals , we proposed several strategies: • • • • •

Build media awareness Engage in coalition building Conduct campus outreach Legal outreach Field campaign

Among specific projects slated for 2005 were: • • •

North Carolina Fair Elections Workshops DC Metro Region Fair Elections Initiative Retool our national messaging through new tools, such as blogs and more routinized/regular communications, and by hooking into national issues such as Iraqi elections and redistricting Create an identity piece, activist tools, and curricular models

A Year ofSuccess : The program pursued this plan closely and achieved many of our goals. •

We did, in fact, make substantial changes in our operations and outward appearance, ranging from changing our name from CVD to FairVote and fixing our terminology and 2


branding - such as by using the term proportional voting instead of full representation, and Program for Representative Government instead of Political Empowerment Program. More importantly, we successfully phased in a program-based division of our labor, made our website and outreach materials more robust and aesthetically appealing, engaged in regular press outreach, conducted the local initiatives we had planned to launch, and beefed up our use of new technologies such as blogs, podcasts, a databased website, and more routine press outreach. Additionally, we made a renewed push to reach people in communities around the nation through a new listserv, targeted outreach, and more regular updates and communications with our supporters. We also developed and published a host of new tools and materials for advocates, ranging from voting equipment guidelines and fact sheets, a roadmap to achieving proportional voting for local government, curricular tools for professors, charter review manuals, and even the beginnings of a Spanish-language version of our outreach materials. Additionally, we flexed our legal muscle this year to draft amicus briefs, draft legislation, and develop new litigation models - all the while continuing to provide technical assistance, drafting expertise, and consultation to those working for reforms at the local level. Lastly, we did a fairly good job of tailoring research to hook into issues of national significance, such as redistricting reform, Iraq/Afghanistan and other foreign elections developments, the filibuster debate, and other hot topics. Throughout all of this too, we created a synergy between our different products by using local and national angles to tie all of our work back to the potential value of proportional voting - such as by proposing citizens assemblies, superdistricts, local options legislation, and voting equipment guidelines in the midst of the California redistricting debate.

All of this was accomplished with greater attention paid towards generating free intern labor and developing a better supervisory structure, aided by our new program divisions. More information on our accomplishments is listed below. Coalition Building : We knew going into the year that to make progress on our hefty and ambitious agenda we would need to unite with others in the democracy reform community to create a coordinated push for public interest electoral reforms. As a result we forged new relationships and cemented our existing alliances in the reform community. • • • • •

Voting Equipment Networking, using HAVA and the paper trail issue (EAC) The Civil Rights Community (LCCR/Lawyers Committee) Women's Rights Organizations (National Council of Women) Coordination with State Reformers (NCSL/NASS) Cleaning Up Internal Practices (Coop America)

Research Reports : A key component to FairVote's reform advocacy over the years has been to build the case for proportional voting systems by studying the impact of winner-take-all elections on fair representation, voter choice and other public interest election goals. In the past year we have expanded our research program to move beyond our signature reports and engage in groundbreaking new analyses that tie the problems of winner-take-all to widely debated current events. These reports have generated dialogue around the issues we have highlighted and have 3


served to link real-world problems to the electoral solutions provided by proportional voting systems. • • • • • • • •

Filibuster 2005 (Winner-take-all Senate elections and judicial nominations) Redistricting Reform Watch (Tracking state-by-state redistricting reform proposals) International Elections Analyses (Highlighting winner-take-all vs. proportional voting) Citizen Assemblies for Electoral Reform (Models for Better Redistricting Reform) Cumulative Voting for Corporate Boards (Proportional voting for corporate accountability and minority representation) Fair Representation for Hurricane Katrina Victims (Proportional voting to address potential problems of fair representation caused by population displacement in Louisiana) Superdistrict Plans (Multimember proportional voting models for each state) Public Interest Voting Equipment Standards (Voting equipment vendor survey, RFP language, and machine standards)

Spotlight on U.S. Proportional Voting Jurisdictions : We also took time over the past year to check in on how communities currently using proportional systems fared. We released the findings to the public to help build the case for reform and demonstrate the success of these systems. • Texas Cumulative Voting Database • Alabama Proportional Voting Recap • South Dakota Cumulative Voting Recap • Cambridge, Massachusetts Choice Voting Recap Proportional Voting Infrastructure Activities : Much energy was expended attempting to create public awareness of the need for proportional voting infrastructure in the states. This has taken the form of pushing for flexible voting equipment and creating state-level Voting Rights Act legislation that would explicitly add proportional voting remedies to the mix of federal tools to remedy minority under-representation (as the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 does). • • •

Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Draft Guidelines Ranked Choice Election Observations National Association of Secretaries of State

Local Projects : To accompany all of the infrastructure building, coalition work, and public education we have engaged in on the national level, FairVote has engaged in a series of strategic local initiatives to advance dialogue about electoral reform. In doing so, we helped build the case for broader consideration of proportional voting systems. This effort has been extremely successful this year. • • • • •

DC Metro Project (IRV/PR/100% Registration in DC, Montgomery County, and Prince George's County) North Carolina Roundtables (IRV/PR/RTV in Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro) California Reform Initiative (Local Options, Superdistricts, and Citizens Assemblies) Campus to Community (UC Davis and Davis Choice Voting) Illinois Cumulative Voting (County-based outreach) 4


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Washington State Top-Two Litigation (Choice voting amicus brief) Michigan State Proportional Voting (Behind the scenes work)

FairVote in general strives to support local reformers interested in discussing and advocating proportional voting systems. The following list of municipalities represents a brief overview of locations where we shared information and expertise: • • • • • • • •

Cincinnati, Ohio (Josh Krekeler) Amarillo, Texas (J.E. Sauseda) Somerville, Massachusetts (Gregory Dennis) New London, Connecticut (Charter Review) Missoula, Montana (Charter Review) Springfield, Massachusetts (George Pillsbury) Scottsdale, Arizona (Angel Tones) Gainesville, Florida (Charter Review)

Technology and Outreach Products : The following new products and outreach tools were developed in the past year. These items represent a new way of educating the public for FairVote, as they often utilize emerging technologies to both reach a larger audience and to engage a younger, tech-savvy demographic in our reform agenda. By reaching this expanded audience, we hope to build a new generation of advocates for proportional voting systems. • • • • • • • • •

New Listserv (Proportional Voting Yahoogroup) Revamped Website New Brochure (Political Empowerment Project) Streaming Video Presentations (John Cleese) City Council and Mayoral Election Methods Books (Charter Review Education) Podcast and Blogging Proportional Voting Book (Doug Amy) MSNBC Mockracy (Proportional voting interactive demo with Rob Richie) Professor Toolkit

Technical Assistance Efforts : Time and again we set aside time at FairVote to aid state and local reformers, legislators, and organizations in technical assistance requests. This often takes the form of conducting a statutory and state constitutional analysis into potential obstacles to achieving proportional voting, but it often means drafting model legislation for particular states. This year, we fielded a good number of these requests, given our Program Director's legal background, including from the League of Women Voters of Arizona (ranked voting methods) and Common Cause California (redistricting reform) Voting Rights Act Work : Over the course of FairVote's history, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) has been a powerful tool to empower communities of color using proportional voting systems. By embarking on a series of strategic legal initiatives, we have set the stage for a large-scale project to revive and embolden the VRA in 2006. Various groups, such as the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), Common Cause CA, and the NAACP, have expressed interest in exploring various impact litigation and legislation that would expand the scope and remedies available under the VRA to more easily allow for proportional voting 5


solutions to minority vote dilution. • • • •

The New York City Asian American Community California Voting Rights Act Generic VRA Amicus Brief Presidential Elections and the VRA

Program B. Right to Vote Initiative FairVote's Right to Vote Initiative works toward an affirmative constitutional right to vote and municipal action in its spirit. Together, our reforms would ensure that every citizen has a secure right to vote and that this right is not infringed upon by problems with registration, ballots, voting machines or partisan officials. Looking forward, the Right to Vote Initiative is focused on three projects: the municipal right to vote campaign; 100% voter registration and education of young people; and protection of the voting rights of military and overseas voters. . For the first half of 2005, program associate Andrew Kirshenbaum continued his work in support of a right to vote amendment, as proposed in HJR 28. His activities together with those of Rob Richie led to the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights convening a special meeting in May to discuss the amendment. A large group attended, with the discussion chaired by LCCR President Wade Henderson. Interest in the amendment was real at these meetings, but there were many cautionary words expressed, particularly tied to many participants' goal of reauthorizing expiring provisions of federal Voting Rights Act. Any hard push for the amendment would meet opposition from groups with which FairVote often is allied. This contributed to accelerating an effort we already had begun in the program last winter: developing model statutory proposals that we believe are in the spirit a constitutional right to vote: the Right to Vote Initiative came up with eight specific bold recommendations that reflect that spirit. In the wake of this meeting, Right to Vote Initiative applied its vision of a Constitutional right to vote toward researching specific policy proposals that work toward this larger goal, largely under the leadership of program associate Ryan Griffin. Our flagship project was researching and presenting the 100% Voter Registration and Education Project, which is designed to make voter registration and education a part of the high school experience for every American student as first step toward universal voter registration. This project has generated a great deal of interest and expressions of support among elected officials and other electoral reform allies. In addition to this project, the Initiative also made major headway in development of the Democracy SoS (Secretary of State) Project, a state level project focused on providing information about the activities and views of the chief election officials in every state. Successes for the program in 2005 included: •

Endorsement of the 100% Registration Project from organizations including Close Up Foundation , the NAACP, Demos, Democracy Matters and the State Network for Electoral Reform (that has many major groups working within it) Interest in the 100% Registration Project from state and local elected officials , school 6


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officials and elections officials in Maryland, DC, New York, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Hawaii and elsewhere Responses to queries of interest in the 100% registration project from several leaders in Montgomery County (MD), resulting in a helpful meeting with top school board and county council leaders and education officials Policy exploration by the DC Public Schools to make their voter registration efforts more systematic and effective, perhaps with voter registration forms with graduation materials Grant proposals and letters of inquiry generated for many national and regional foundations, with at least a dozen more to follow in the first half of December Publication of our Democracy SoS resource on-line

Program C. IRV America Instant runoff voting (IRV) has been a central tenet of FairVote since our founding in 1992, when our then-National Advisory board chair John Anderson published a commentary proposing it in the New York Times. The value of IRV is simple to explain: when more than two candidates run for a single office, our current electoral laws essentially break down. When elected by a plurality voting rule, the candidate with the most votes can win despite being opposed by a majority of voters; the corresponding problem of "spoilers" discourages outsider candidacies, suppresses new ideas and can overturn the basic principle of majority rule. Traditional runoffs seek to ensure majority winners, but are unpopular because they force candidates to raise more money, cost taxpayers millions and typically result in lower voter turnout. In contrast, IRV elects candidates with majority support, accommodates voters having better choices and encourages candidates to reach out to more people - all in one election. Adopted in a growing number of American cities and dozens of universities, usually with advocates relying heavily on FairVote's educational resources, this ranked choice voting method saves taxpayers money, cuts the costs of running campaigns, elects candidates with higher voter turnout and reduces negative campaigning because candidates seek a #2 ranking from their opponents' supporters. The program began 2005 headed by program associate Steve Hoeschele. Steve left in May, and Communications director Ryan O'Donnell took over the program, supported by executive director Rob Richie and program director David Moon . During the year FairVote paid approximately $ 15,000 to regional consultants in California (Chris Jerdonek ) and Vermont (Terry Bouricius ) who did a good deal of community outreach about IRV. 2005 was a busy and successful year for IRV America despite relatively low levels of spending, including the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Advances in Takoma Park, Maryland High profile endorsements and commentaries for IRV Advances in Burlington and Ferndale San Francisco Elections and Observations Activity in Berkeley / California as a whole Outreach Elsewhere 7


* Lessons from a ballot win in our home city FairVote provided support to supporters of a ballot measure campaign in our home city, run on the cheap, to pass IRV in Takoma Park (MD) in November. The measure won with 84% of the vote. Among reasons for this success were: 1. Making IRV easy to implement: By first convincing the city council to go to paper ballot elections his year for reasons other than IRV (arguments being lower costs and defying paper-trail less touchscreen companies), FairVote made it very easy for the council to consider IRV because future implementation costs were not an issue. We also helped in determining its legality, thus allaying potential concerns. 2. Developing and capitalizing on good relations with city leaders: Executive director Rob Richie and board members Cindy Terrell and Jamin Raskin all have lived in the city for years and knew many political and civic leaders. That helped lead to a unanimous yes vote on the council to place it on the ballot and wide range of endorsements from respected community leaders 3. Making a strong case and neutralizing any opposition : By getting out early with the benefits of IRV, we headed off criticism of the system that would have accumulated naturally in a vacuum . The landslide win is a testament to this strategy , as history shows voters who don't understand a measure generally vote against it. 4. High visibility: With good volunteer support, the campaign produced its own high quality website, brochures, mailers, lawn signs, downtown posters, and Election Day palm cards. Supporters covered the well-attended farmers market, and we mailed postcards to nearly 2000 likely voters. People knew the question was going to be on the ballot, and perceived strong community support. 5. A simple message of "better elections": Advocates hardly explained the system in our materials. Instead, it relied on endorsements by local leaders and by national figures like Barack Obama and John McCain. At forums and in testifying to the council, Rob Richie focused on how IRV accommodates voters having more than two choices. 6. Good use of local media: The campaign was mentioned in the Gazette, the Washington Post, and others, and taped twice for local TV , and had an op-ed by Rob in the local paper. The campaign created a sense of inevitability for the system , and sought the middle ground of "common sense change." * Endorsements and Commentaries for IRV â&#x20AC;˘

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Rutland Herald - "Legislature needs to act on IRV" 8


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Seattle Times - "Smells like a smart system for state's primary elections" Krist Novoselic

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Washington Post - "A Better Way to Elect Virginia's Next Governor" Steve Hoeschele

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Christian Science Monitor - "San Francisco's Innovation in Democracy" Rob Richie

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San Jose Mercury News - "IRV would end spoiler effect in elections" Rob Richie, Steven Hill

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Baltimore Sun - "Majority rule making a comeback" Ryan O'Donnell

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North Carolina Wilmington Star Ashville Citizen-Times

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Other The Annapolis Capital (MD) Oakland Tribune (CA)

* Burlington (VT), Ferndale (MI) and Washington State Cities In March, building on Terry Bouricius' years of effective education and advocacy on behalf of FairVote - including part-time funding for the first seven months of 2005 -- Burlington (VT) voted strongly to adopt IRV for their mayor's race. State advocates also were able to persuade the legislature and governor to pass a law allowing Burlington to implement IRV, and convince the city to fund voter education for the first IRV elections in March 2006. Vermont has all the more potential to act on the longstanding support for IRV from key statewide organizations and the Secretary of State. In Ferndale, we strengthened our connection with its mayor, and see a commitment to IRV in that city, where officials seem ready to work with us in implementation in the wake of Ferndale's lopsided vote for IRV in November 2004. In addition, Washington State passed a stand-alone law in 2005 that allows three large cities 9


Vancouver, Spokane and Tacoma - to try IRV elections in coming elections. Vancouver voters supported IRV in a 1999 ballot measure, but the council must act to implement it. Activists are also promoting IRV effectively in Tacoma, and a strong IRV advocate won a seat on the county charter commission there in November 2005 and plans to promote IRV strongly. * California: San Francisco Observations /Berkeley Implementation I Davis FairVote decided to invest relatively significant resources in hiring Chris Jerdonek part-time for seven months in California to help smooth implementation of IRV in San Francisco's first citywide election, assist implementation of IRV in Berkeley and continue to draw attention to choice voting in Davis in the wake of a charter commission recommendation for it. Chris was effective in these efforts. Among other results, IRV definitely has become widely accepted in San Francisco, and Chris did intensive research into how voters handled IRV in 2005 and how it compared to previous runoff elections. In addition, he coordinated our project that brought several interested elected officials to observe the IRV elections in San Francisco first hand, and meet with officials and experts there. * Overseas voter legislation Instigated by our policy research, Arkansas passed legislation to have overseas military voters cast ranked ballots in all local, state and federal runoff elections in the state; the sponsor was a mainstream Republican, and we believe the plan can be widely replicated. We have explored federal legislation, with expressions of interest from Senators McCain, Jeffords and Obama. * College campus successes We again had a remarkable year on college campuses, with several high-profile adoptions and first IRV elections. They included Dartmouth College, University of Virginia, University of Oklahoma, Portland State (OH), Chico State (CA) and University of Minnesota. Two other efforts won more than 65% among voters, but needed two-thirds to win - at Brown and Brandeis. We suspect other schools adopted IRV without our even learning about it, but where our outreach was helpful. News coverage of the first IRV elections at UVA, U-Oklahoma and Dartmouth were particularly instructive - IRV was needed to generate majority winners, and reactions were almost all very positive, including from the near-winner at Dartmouth. * Inroads Through materials and advice we provided information to local advocates in several additional places. They include: •

Aspen, CO: A city councilor is very committed to working to replace runoffs with IRV.

Ashland, OR: A dedicated local reformer is working hard to present IRV.

Bozeman and Missoula, MT: Local activists and charter commissioners are interested.

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Gainesville, FL: A particularly well-informed advocate is on a charter commission and already has gained support from the local newspaper. San Diego, CA: Donna Frye, a city councilor who nearly was elected mayor in 2004, is pushing for IRV and a committee likely will study its merits for the city. â&#x20AC;˘

Minneapolis : Serious activists are planning for a 2006 ballot measure

Program D . Election Services We have had a series of contracts over the years to run a major accounting firm's internal elections with a ranked choice voting method. We conducted two elections for this firm in 2005. For that work we have created education materials that will be useful for outreach to other businesses and organizations and pursued some research into where our services could be most useful. In 2005 our Election Services program also helped a small number of organizations with their elections using ranked voting methods.

Program E. Voting and Democracy Research Center FairVote's Voting and Democracy Research Center helps Americans better understand their democracy by presenting revealing and objective research on the results and consequences of our elections. We issue regular print and on-line analyses and have collected the world's most substantive on-line resources on topics like non-majority winners in executive races, voter turnout in runoffs, the roots of partisan polarization and redistricting in all 50 states. FairVote's Monopoly Politics and Dubious Democracy series on congressional elections have been influential with experts, pundits and reformers who turn to us to gauge competitiveness and likely election outcomes. We had a busy year with our reports in 2005, several of which are profiled in the program report on the Program for Representative Government activities.

Program F. Presidential Elections Reform Program Founded in 2005, our Presidential Elections Reform Program works to ensure that everyone's vote is equal when electing our one national office, no matter where they live. Our current system of presidential elections shreds the democratic principles of equality and majority rule: popular vote losers can win, votes in different states carry unequal power and campaigns completely ignore two-thirds of the county. Our program has had a measurable impact on public debate about presidential elections. Going forward, we will work on two key initiatives, one focused on general elections for president and the other on the major parties' nomination processes. FairVote for many years has made reform recommendations relating to presidential elections 11


including an August 1992 New York Times commentary by John Anderson two months after our formation suggesting instant runoff voting. In 2000, we began more actively to call for direct election of the president by a majority vote, based on the principle that fair elections demand everyone having the right to cast an equally powerful and meaningful vote. But we did not prioritize proposing a national popular vote until there seemed to be a practical means for citizens to join together to seek reform. That hope emerged with development of the National Popular Vote coalition's plan to achieve a national popular vote by means of a state agreement to collectively award their electoral votes to the national vote winner once the number of participating states would decisively elect the president. To assist with research and education about this proposal and to engage in general outreach about the impact of the current Electoral College system, we hired staff to pursue the project in March 2005. Chris Pearson assumed leadership of our new Presidential Elections Reform program. For six months of 2005 he was assisted by program associate Adam Johnson. 2005e accomplishments relating to a national popular vote Outreach: Former Members of Congress : Before the National Popular Vote plan was presented publicly in 2006, we assisted John Anderson in 2005 in reaching out to several prominent former and current Members of Congress who support direct election of the president to assess their current views. This led to former Republican Alabama Congressman John Buchanan supporting the National Popular Vote proposal and positive communications with many other former Members. FairVote also mailed an outreach letter to every Republican member of Congress who previously supported direct election of the president and assisted Sen. Birch Bayh in his outreach to former members of the U.S. Senate who used to support a direct election of the president Organizations : We contacted key civil rights allies in support of the initiative and developed materials based on our research about the impact of the current Electoral College system on voters of different races and ethnicities. We found strong interest from the NAACP and others, and briefed several non-profit reform allies, many of which support the project. We cooperated with an influential African American state legislator to promote a resolution in support of direct election at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators on December 810. Research and Publication Major new reports : We wrote and distributed widely two important reports: Shrinking Battleground (a comprehensive statistical analysis demonstrating the fall of battleground states and the implications for America) and Who Picks the President (a comprehensive analysis of campaign attention as outlined by presidential campaigns ad spending and travel data for last month of 2004 campaign). Both reports featured in regional media and on a halfdozen influential blogs and provide a strong foundation for advocacy of direct election of the president.

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Past supporters : We created an authoritative list of all members of Congress who have supported direct election in the past 35 years

Book research : We provided regular assistance to Dr. John Koza in researching and gathering data for Every Vote Equal, which was ultimately published in February 2006. FairVote's Rob Richie is one of the book's co-authors.

Researching concern s about a national popular vote: We compiled a list of pro-Electoral College arguments and researched and wrote responses to these questions.

Web: We pulled all of the information on the Electoral College over from the previous FairVote website and reorganized it for our new website and added a variety of new content.

Op-eds : We published new commentaries in favor of direct election on TomPaine.com and Opednews.com

2005 Presidential Nomination Reform accomplishments Since the program's inception in mid-March we have developed a position in support of the American Plan, our new name for the "California Plan" developed by Thomas Gangale. This plan is a graduated series of primaries and caucuses that we believe achieves the best balance of goals for including major party backers in choosing a presidential nominee while still creating incentives for grassroots campaigning and time to reconsider frontrunners. We have been involved in: Media : We influenced news articles on primary changes in New Jersey and helped our communications director with commentaries that ran in four newspapers, including the Manchester Union Leader, New Hampshire's largest paper and one that follows this issue particularly closely. Advocacy: We helped present the American Plan to members of a Democratic National Committee commission looking into presidential primary reform, including good discussions with such commission members as Sen. Levin, Don Fowler, Harold Ickes, and Spencer Overton. We also informed all members of the Republican Party's 1999-2000 Brock commission about the American Plan and eventually had very positive meetings with influential Republicans like Sen. Bill Brock, Veterans Affairs cabinet secretary Jim Nicholson and former California Secretary of State Bill Jones. We provided reactions to materials created by American Plan grass roots advocates in California, including Tom Gangale. We coordinated a conference call among grassroots advocates to plan outreach efforts.

G. Democracy SOS Project Formerly called the Democracy USA Initiative, Democracy SOS encourages networking and collaboration among national, state and local democracy groups in order to build support for 13


and strengthen a national infrastructure for pro-democracy activity in the United States. The program's most significant accomplishment has been the November 2003 Claim Democracy conference, which brought together representatives of more than 100 organizations and more than 500 people for intensive private meetings and public dialogue at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. In February 2005, FairVote convened a follow-up to that gathering, an invitation-only conference at the Washington College of Law in the District of Columbia that was attended by 90 representatives of organizations. Since that meeting the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has created a more format network of reform and civil rights groups that we have joined and been able to successfully work with others to build awareness of our work on voting equipment standards, proportional voting remedies, voter registration proposal and other issues In light of recent election administration problems and high-profile attention to obstacles to fair elections in many states, the program's major future goal is a project designed to help state reformers develop a comprehensive policy agenda for potential action by Secretaries of State and other elected officials who influence election policy in their state. In 2005 we developed an online resource that includes information on the chief election official(s) in every state as well as the electoral responsibilities of their office and how the office is filled.

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FairVote-The Center for Voting and Democracy Board of Directors http ://fairvote.org/about_us/directors.htm

John Anderson

Chair: Former Illinois Member of Congress (Washington DC/Florida)

Faye Park

Vice-Chair : Associate Director . CALPIRG (CA)

Cynthia Terrell

Secretary: American Friends Service Committee. board member (MD)

William Redpath

Treasurer: Certified Public Accountant (VA)

Antonio Gonzalez

President , Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (CA)

Edward Hailes

Senior Attorney, Advancement Project (DC)

Hendrik Hertzberg

Senior editor, New Yorker magazine (NY)

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Member of Congress (IL)

Malia Lazu

Director , Democracy Action Project (DC)

Clay Mulford

Attorney, Jones-Day and former Kennedy School fellow (TX)

Nina Moseley

Director , Business Services for New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Commission.(NJ)

Krist Novoselic

Author and former musician (WA)

Jamin Raskin

Professor , Washington College of Law (DC)

Ken Ritchie

CEO, Electoral Reform Society (United Kingdom)

Rashad Robinson

Communications Director, Right to Vote Campaign (NY)

Katherine Spillar

Executive Vice-President, Feminist Majority Foundation (CA)

David Wilner

Co-Founder, Wind River Systems (CA)

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