Club Endorses Instant Runoff Voting and Proportional Representation
The Sierra Club,
the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization,
with over 600,000 members, on July 22, 2000 voted "to
support alternative electoral methods that better reflect the
diversity of public opinion." The wording was intended by board
members to include not only proportional voting, but other variations.
Here is the complete resolution:
on cleaning up politics:
"Working on the current election is not enough.
The single-round, winner-take-all political process has problems.
We support alternative electoral methods that better reflect
the diversity of public opinion
. We need to get big money out of politics by closing
loopholes in current campaign finance laws, establishing effective
spending limits, and adopting public financing for Senate and
congressional candidates. We support the free television time
proposal developed by the Alliance for Better Campaigns. It
is unrealistic to believe that such changes can be accomplished
in this election, which will be over in a few months. It's too
large a job,and the time is too short.
"Important issues relating to globalization, trade agreements,
democracy and the environment have been raised in a substantive
way by Ralph Nader. Sierra Club supports many of Mr. Nader's
environmental and campaign finance reform proposals. While the
Sierra Club does not endorse Ralph Nader in this election, we
believe that serious third party candidates, including Mr. Nader,
should be included in presidential debates."