Update from the field
State-by-state highlights on electoral reform
Plus, our Internet IRV 'joke of the week' and how to
use IRV for school elections.
Please send any additional updates, clarifications,
corrections or calls for organizing help to Dan Johnson-Weinberger,
National Field Director, Center for Voting and Democracy at email@example.com (312.933.4890).
Let's get your city in the next update!
The instant runoff voting
referendum will be held on the August 2002 primary ballot, not the
November 2002 ballot as previously assumed. A state elections
official authorized the change. There has been a surge in
reservations for summer vacations in Alaska by instant runoff voting
advocates all over the world.
San Francisco, CA: The
instant runoff voting referendum will be held on the March 2, 2002
primary ballot. If approved, all elections in San Francisco (mayor,
Board of Supervisors, city attorney, etc.) will use instant runoff
voting. Tentative plans include a mid-November workshop in San
Francisco to kick off the campaign.
A blue-ribbon task force
called for a return to cumulative voting in three-person districts
for the Illinois House of Representatives, sparking support by the
Chicago Sun-Times, state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka and the
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette. The task force was led by former
Republican governor Jim Edgar and former federal judge Abner Mikva.
The report can be downloaded from www.midwestdemocracy.org
A public forum on
electoral reform featuring instant runoff voting will be held
Wednesday, September 19th, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
from 7-9 pm in the Michigan League building on the main Quad. Ann
Arbor used instant runoff voting in a 1975 election, and now there
is increasing interest to bring it back. For the actual petition and
charter language, see http://www.fairvote.org/library/statutes/index.html
Eugene voters are now
deciding whether to authorize their city council to implement
instant runoff voting for city elections. Results of the mail-in
election will be announced September 18th. The instant runoff voting
referendum, Measure 20-51, has no official opposition, and is known
in Eugene as 'preference voting.'
The Utah Republican Party
used instant runoff voting to elect its party officers at their
state convention in late August. Almost 2000 people voted in the
election. Republicans dominate Utah politics, and with growing
acceptance among Utah Republicans, instant runoff voting might be
implemented in Utah in the next few years for primaries and general
elections. This is the first time a state party has used instant
runoff voting to elect its officers in decades.
What you can do this week:
Vote in the Center's new Internet poll using instant
runoff voting. Until September 15th, our Internet poll is to pick
your favorite joke among five admittedly poor nominees. Join Krist
Novoselic, president of JAMPAC and former bass player for Nirvana,
in this Internet poll (and help us show AOL, Yahoo and other sites
that run Internet polls that they should use instant runoff voting
for their polls). Visit www.fairvote.org
Get your high school or college to consider using
instant runoff voting for student elections. The Center has created
a kit that includes everything you need to run an IRV election in
your school. If you attend a school (or you know someone who does),
check out this site and try to get IRV implemented: http://www.fairvote.org/schools/index.html
Finally, here is the link to the IRV activist kit with
some useful tools to print out: http://www.fairvote.org/activism/kit.htm