Runoff Voting as Models for
pm: Open House
The City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Election Commission
and the Center for Voting and Democracy are holding a forum and open house about
rising interest in innovative election rules, such as:
Choice voting, used since 1941 in Cambridge (MA) and in other nations like
Instant runoff voting, recently adopted for city elections in San Francisco (CA)
Proportional representation, as used to elect convention delegates to the
Democratic National Convention
An Open House with
opportunities to talk with elected officials and members of the Cambridge Election Commission on how Cambridge's
choice voting method of full representation (also called "proportional representation")
works for electing the city council and school committee.
with election administrators
and local and state elected officials on their use of ranked ballots (1, 2, 3) and
full representation where a tenth of the citywide vote elects one of the
nine council members, resulting for decades in diverse and representative
local councils and school committees.
K. Wolf, Moderator; Massachusetts State Representative from the 25th
Middlesex District, former Mayor of Cambridge
Goverman, Attorney; Cambridge Election Commissioner 1976-80, Co-author of
manual on conducting a PR Count
Johnson-Weinberger, General Counsel for the Center for Voting and Democracy;
a founder of the Midwest Democracy Center
Leno, California State Assembly Man from San Fransisco; former member of the
Board of (Election) Supervisors
Pippa Norris, McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the John F.
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; author of over thirty
books, including Electoral Engineering: Voting Rules and Political
Roosevelt, Jr., Attorney; Member of Democratic National Committee,
Massachusetts State, and Cambridge City Committees
Globe: "To some, eccentric voting offers
much." Article highlighting the benefits of choice voting in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, featuring CVD's general counsel, Dan Johnson-Weinberger.
August 15, 2004.