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Voice for Democracy
Newsletter of Californians for Electoral Reform
In This Issue
CfER President Steve Chessin brings us up to date on the newsletter, CfER-sponsored bills and developments in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Read his report here.
FairVote's Rob Richie reports on the victory in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 4 in this article.
The election of the CfER Board of Directors will take place at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, May 10, 2008. (This is also a call to SAVE THE DATE.) The meeting will take place from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, Davis, CA 95616. For directions, visit
The keynote speaker will be Yolo County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters Freddie Oakley.
Read about the AGM and the election of CfER's board in this article.
For the first time ever, a CfER sponsored bill passed both houses and went to the Governor's desk. AB 1294 would have allowed all cities in California to use Instant Runoff Voting and Choice Voting for their local elections.
Jim Lindsay tells us what happened here.
In the fall of 2006 we got the Assembly Veterans Committee to write a voting bill. It would give overseas military and civilians a better chance of having their election runoff votes count. After a major detour in the Senate Appropriations Committee, it is back on track.
Pete Martineau follows this story here.
On March 4, IRV gained an avalanche of support. Elected officials, community leaders, and civic activists packed the hall for the Los Angeles City Council's Rules and Government Committee hearing on Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). Here is Gautam Dutta's eyewitness report, along with a call to action.
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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
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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