Posted by Samuel Rowe on May 25, 2018 at 5:20 PM
My best wishes to you as we approach a holiday weekend and an opportunity to honor those who have served our country.
As we settle back in on Tuesday, I will be a guest on the National Public Radio program 1A that airs at 10 am ET in Washington, DC and many stations around the country. Our theme will be how Ranked-Choice Voting is Changing Politics, with both reform proponents and opponents.
I hope you can tune in. If moved to take action in support of reform, our outreach team is ready to plug you into volunteer opportunities in your state and short-term ones involving helping reforms on the ballot.
The media, civic leaders and policymakers certainly are taking note of how ranked choice voting (RCV) speaks so directly to problems with our politics -- our need for greater voter choice, more civil elections, fair results in crowded primaries, and majority rule with a voice for all. Here are a few recent examples:
National media outlets at NBC News, USA Today and The Atlantic have featured FairVote analysis in profiles of RCV.
- One of our nation’s most notable political scientists, Stanford’s Larry Diamond, profiles how well RCV works in San Francisco, where on June 5th voters will elect a new mayor.
FairVote staffers regularly add substantive analysis to our Voices and Choices blog and podcast and in national pieces like these ones by David Daley in The Hill and Salon and regional ones like this piece in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
- On June 12th, Maine will vote with ranked choice voting in crowded primaries for governor, with Maine election officials doing terrific work introducing RCV to Mainers. The Bangor Daily News featured an RCV poll FairVote and the Election Reformers Network produced on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Maine’ RCV implementation project, and the Portland Press Herald editorialized this week about the role of RCV in the primaries
Maine also will vote on keeping RCV in place after a remarkable referendum drive led by the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting. RCV certainly is moving around the country. Hats off to St. Louis Park (MN) for becoming the latest city to adopt it after a 7-0 city council vote to change its charter; we’re now up to 15 cities and a county joining Maine in using RCV. Keep an eye on June ballot measures in Santa Clara (CA) and Maine and see coverage of the New York City news conference where leading mayoral candidates, policymakers and civic leaders called on action this year to enact RCV for city elections in 2021.
As we approach the end of my 26th year at FairVote, I have much to look back on with satisfaction -- not only for our role in building support and understanding of ranked choice voting, but our central role in a series of innovative proposals that are gaining support and use around the country, including systemic means to elect more women, the National Popular Vote plan for president, the Fair Representation Act, and automatic voter registration. I greatly appreciate and am humbled by FairVote’s Board of Directors’ recent decision to name me as president of FairVote as we expand our team and impact in the years to come.
I hope you can tune in on Tuesday, and enjoy Memorial Day weekend.