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Voice for Democracy
Newsletter of Californians for Electoral Reform
In this Issue
Last time I closed by saying I had run out of space to talk about San Francisco's second successful IRV election, and the slow progress towards IRV implementation in Alameda and Santa Clara counties, but would do so in the next newsletter. I want to keep that promise. Read the full letter here.
Two members of the California legislature will introduce a bill in January to implement a Citizens' Assembly process modeled on what was done in British Columbia last year. Learn more here.
Join us for a special all-member conference call on Monday, January 16, 2006 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm Pacific Time. Read the details here.To RSVP and get dial-in details, write to or call (415) 256-9393 and leave your phone number and email address.
In an all-volunteer organization like CfER, people are our most important asset. They determine our ability to bring about change. So CfER is engaged in a major new effort to grow our organization and increase our membership. Our goal is to double our membership by the end of 2006. Find out how here.
Marin Ranked Voting was formed in June of this year by a number of individuals wishing to pursue better representation of voters in Marin County. Learn more here, and visit http://www.marinrankedvoting.org.
Write Secretary of State Bruce McPherson! Tell him county election officials want him to establish guidelines for instant runoff voting.
If your city or county would like to use IRV or choice voting, tell him that, too!
Secretary of State Bruce McPherson
1500 11th Street, 5th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Since November 8, there has been considerable discussion about the failure of ballot measures in California and Ohio to implement independent redistricting. Unfortunately, most of these discussions miss the point about what is wrong with our current electoral system and how to reform it. And none of them arrive at the proper conclusion, which is that it is time for America to join most other Western democracies in adopting a proportional voting system. Read more here.
To get endorsements from public officials and candidates for office, you need access, some minimal hardware, and lots of perseverance. Thatís the moral of these tales from the endorsement-seeking trail. Read the full story here.
In the last issue of Voice for
Democracy, this column traversed the state from North to South. This time,
we will start in San Diego and work our way back up North again. But first,
there is one major item of statewide news that hasnít been mentioned elsewhere
in this issue. Take
the tour here.
Would you like a speaker for a community group or a high school civics class? CfER has many excellent speakers. Or would your local chapter like some training? Most workshops are on how to speak about IRV and/or proportional voting, but we can provide workshops on almost any subject that would help a local chapter.Learn about these resources here.
Californians for Electoral Reform (CfER) is a statewide citizens'
group working for election reforms to ensure that our government fairly
represents all voters. We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with members
from across the political spectrum. Our primary purpose is to promote the
implementation of election methods such as instant runoff voting (IRV) and
Since our founding in 1993, we have grown from two dozen members to
hundreds of activists and supporters participating in local chapters
across California. We have
participated in successful campaigns for IRV in San Francisco, Berkeley,
and Santa Clara County. Members
who are students have helped their colleges adopt instant runoff and
choice voting. We speak frequently to organizations and at public forums.
more information about CfER, please visit
CfER was established by citizens like you who think that our government should be representative of the people. A lot of progress is already being made, but the future depends on you.
To join CfER, or renew your membership, please visit
To find a CfER chapter coordinator in your area, please visit
We will soon be able to accept contributions on our website. Meanwhile, checks payable to "Californians for Electoral Reform" or "CfER" can be mailed to the address below.
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Contents copyright ” 2005 by Californians for Electoral Reform. Signed articles are the responsibility of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of Californians for Electoral Reform.