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Executive director of FairVote to speak at Bridgewater College

Rob Richie, executive director of FairVote, The Center for Voting and Democracy, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in Cole Hall as part of Bridgewater College’s Constitution Day activities.

Richie will speak on “Upgrading Democracy within the Constitution: Reforms to Make Elections Fair for All.” The program is open to the public.

Considered an expert on international and domestic elections and electoral reform, Richie has directed FairVote since its founding in 1992.

Richie is co-author of two books, Every Vote Equal and Whose Votes Count. His commentary has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Civic Review, The Christian Science Monitor and Legal Times.

He has been a guest on National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation,” “All Things Considered” and “Fresh Air.” He also has appeared on C-SPAN, NBC News, CNN, FOX and MSNBC.

Richie has worked with congressional and state legislative staff in writing numerous pieces of legislation, and testified in special sessions before charter commissions in Florida, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Texas and before state legislative committees in Alaska, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

In 1993, he visited New Zealand at the invitation of electoral reformers during a referendum campaign to adopt a proportional voting system.

Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on Sept. 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the constitution in 1787, 225 years ago.

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to approximately 1,700 undergraduate students.

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