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Block blasts Fox on master lever, says he benefits from it

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

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Moderate Party chairman Ken Block is continuing his crusade against "master lever" voting in Rhode Island this time claiming it was the single-party lever that helped Speaker of the House Gordon Fox re-elected.

Block said he has evidence from the Board of Elections to prove it. He said in the 2012 election Fox won with 3,509 votes, 1,469 of which were from voters who used the straight party ticket voting option at the top of the ballot.

Fox's opponent Mark Binder lost by 995 votes, but Block said without the "master lever" that may not have been to case.

"A level playing field may have resulted in a different outcome in that race," said Block.  "It is a powerful reminder that we need to demand that our elected officials put the rights of the voter first rather than promoting an outdated voting tool that helps them cling to power."

Block said Fox opposes the master lever because he has benefited from it.

Block also called on Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed to ensure that the bill gets to the Senate floor for a vote.

"The Senate President can't stage flashy press conferences to talk about 'moving the needle' while quietly moving to kill the Master Lever bill," said Block.  "The people of Rhode Island know empty, phony political posturing when they see it and they know that until we eliminate the Master Lever and clean up our broken political system, businesses will have little interest in moving to our state."

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