RI Taxpayers Urges Passage of Bill to Eliminate Master Lever
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Judiciary Committee will take testimony on bills calling for the repeal of the lever, or straight ticket voting mechanism, at a hearing Wednesday, Beginning at 4:30 pm in Room 313.
Ken Block, founder of the Moderate Party of RI, (MPRI) who also serves as President of RI Taxpayers, will give testimony on behalf of both organizations to the Committee. Block, who has garnered support for repeal of the Lever from numerous statewide elected officials, Mayors, and local City and Town Councils, as well as gathering thousands of signatures from RI citizens, says the master lever hurts both voters and candidates alike.
“The Master Lever can disenfranchise voters’ intent and hurts candidates themselves, because it causes confusion which results in many ballot mistakes,” said Block. “The opportunity and momentum have never been stronger for the Judiciary Committee and the entire Legislature to show they support government reform and integrity in RI elections by moving forward on these bills.”
According to a survey conducted by RI Taxpayers.
William San Bento
J. Patrick O’Neill
Sen. Frank Ciccone
Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed
RI Taxpayers is the state’s largest non-partisan taxpayer advocacy organization.
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