Sun, Nov 11, 2007
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
All-Day Training and Strategy Sessions on Ranked Choice Voting
Apply now for an All-Day Training and Strategy Sessions on Ranked Voting
One of the fastest-growing electoral reform movements in the nation is for instant runoff voting (IRV) and its multi-seat district cousin choice voting. These ranked voting methods have won at the ballot the last 10 times they've gone to voters -- typically by landslide margins. Recent developments include:
- Three jurisdictions will vote on advancing IRV this November-- Sarasota (FL), Aspen (CO) and Clallam County (WA) -- and Santa Fe (NM) likely will vote on IRV in March 2008
- Two North Carolina cities are using IRV for the first time this fall (Cary on October 9 and Hendersonville on November 6.
- Other cities will also hold IRV elections (San Francisco (CA) for some citywide offices and Takoma Park (MD) for its offices) and Cambridge will use choice voting on November 6
- California's legislature has sent to the governor a bill to extend the power to use IRV and choice voting to all cities
- Vermont's state legislature will soon take up a bill to implement IRV for congressional elections after it passed the state senate this year
- The reality of big field races for the presidential nominations of the major parties and the prospect of strong third party and independent candidacies is stirring talk of "split votes" and the value of IRV in presidential elections
So... it's a great time to come together to get organized. We have a limited number of spots available for a training and strategy session to be held on November 11th, the third day of the Claim Democracy conference taking place at the University of the District of Columbia on November 9-11.
This session will include presentations by the leaders of some of the biggest wins for IRV in recent years -- in Minneapolis (MN), Pierce County (WA), San Francisco (CA) and more. It will include workshops on all the tools you need to build a campaign, and strategy sessions on how to move forward in 2008-9.
We hope you can attend, but we don't have space for all of you. Note that Claim Democracy itself will include a great series of plenary sessions, trainings and breakouts (including on instant runoff voting and proportional voting), so regardless, we hope you can attend the conference.
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