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Voice for Democracy
Newsletter of Californians for Electoral Reform
Call to Action: Urge Your Senator To Support and Co-Author AB 1294
In This Issue
I'm real excited about the progress our two bills are making in the Legislature, but there are articles elsewhere in this newsletter about that, and I'm limited to 500 words, so I'll stick to internal business and let others tell you about our bills.
We had a very successful Annual General Meeting on May 19th. Read the AGM report here.
AB 1294, introduced by Assembly Member Gene Mullin (D-19) and Assembly Member Mark Leno (D-13), would allow all cities and counties to use ranked voting systems to elect their representatives. Now that the bill has passed the Assembly with a strong majority vote, then the Senate Elections Committee, it must next be passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee, which considers the fiscal impact of the bill. If that is successful, it will then be voted on by the full Senate.
Read more about AB 1294 here and heed the Call to Action below.
AB 1294 is CfER's bill to allow cities and
counties to use ranked voting systems, including instant runoff voting
and choice voting. We are very pleased that the bill passed
the Assembly and has been moving forward in the Senate, but know that
we need to keep the momentum going and steadily build support for the
bill if it is to be enacted.
We will need your help to move AB 1294 in
Senate. We need you to make two contacts today in the state
Senate. CONDENSED TALKING POINTS
CONDENSED TALKING POINTS
AB 1662, authored by Assembly Member Paul Cook (R-65) and sponsored by CfER, would require that absentee voters located overseas be able to use ranked ballots when voting in elections that might lead to a runoff. With one committee hearing and one floor vote left to go, it has yet to receive a "no" vote in the legislature.
Read more about AB 1662 in this article.
For a moment it seemed like City Hall, Los Angeles, would be on our side, the side of IRV.
On June 13, the Rules and Elections Committee had a meeting to consider various election reforms, and instant runoff voting was "the star of the show."
Read this report from Los Angeles VoteFIRE.
As of July 29, ranked voting is already on the November ballot in three places -- Sarasota, Florida, Aspen, Colorado, and Clallam County, Washington. Here we provide a useful reference on the previous ballot measures to date.
Californians for Electoral
Reform (CfER) is a statewide citizens' group promoting election
reforms that ensure that our government fairly represents the
voters. We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with
members from across the political spectrum. Since our founding in May
of 1993, our numbers have grown from about two dozen to hundreds of
members participating in local chapters across California.
ELECTORAL SYSTEM IS IMPORTANT
method by which we vote has dramatic consequences, and nearly one third
state's electorate consistently goes without a representative that
them in Sacramento. The choice of electoral system can determine
will be "spoilers" or vote-splitting effects, majority sweeps of
representation on city councils, or pervasive negative
campaigning. The choice
of electoral system determines whether minority perspectives or racial
ethnic minority groups receive fair representation or get shut out of
CfER IS THE LEADING ADVOCACY GROUP FOR THESE
REFORMS IN CALIFORNIA
works for legislation that would allow cities and counties to adopt
methods that allow people to rank their preferences when they vote. CfER also works with
activists in its local chapters
to enact fair
election methods in cities and counties across the state.
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
CfER is an all-volunteer organization and has no paid staff. We have a lot of great ideas for how to expand our local and state activities, but we are hard pressed to do so without more volunteers, especially ones who can help us build infrastructure and keep the trains running on time.
The details are on
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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