Recently, the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center (RCVRC) hosted a webinar on RCV legislation. I was joined by Karen Brinson Bell and Gary Bartlett to present the different legislative proposals to adopt RCV, sample ballot language and the approval process for RCV.
The resource center is a group of former election administrators who between them have more than 100 years of electoral experience. Members of the team have overseen statewide, municipal and district court ranked choice voting elections. The goal of the RCVRC is to provide resources for voters, election administrators, policy makers and candidates. One resource the RCVRC team produces is a webinar series.
Highlights of the webinar included Bell, a former elections director for Transylvania County, N.C., who spent five years with the N.C. State Board of Elections Voting Systems Division, explaining the approval process for RCV legislation. Bartlett, former executive director of North Carolina’s state board of elections talked about the types of RCV legislation, the different levels of approval, stakeholders and how the RCVRC can help with implementation. I had the opportunity to talk about sample language for RCV legislation and the current status of RCV legislation around the country and future legislation for 2018.
The Resource Center hosted its first webinar in May, an introduction of the team and the resources on the website. Since then, the team has also presented webinars on the ABCs of RCV and the history of RCV in the United States.
In September, the team produced a series of webinars on RCV usability. The RCVRC, FairVote and the Center for Civic Design partnered together last year to conduct the first phase of a usability study regarding ranked choice voting. The first usability webinar covered best practices for designing RCV ballots. The second usability webinar covered voting system capabilities for RCV. The final usability webinar centered around voter education and results presentation of RCV results.
You can watch and/or listen to all of the RCVRC’s webinars, including the most recent webinar, here. You will also find the handouts and Question and Answers document associated with the different webinars on that page.
Want to know about future webinars? Some convenient places to to hear about them are on our various social media feeds. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The RCVRC has also launched a podcast series called RCV Clips. You can listen to the podcast on iTunes and Google Play.