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Voice for Democracy
Newsletter of Californians for Electoral Reform
In This Issue
We have made great progress in the past few years. We want to thank you for everything you've done to help us succeed.
If you are interested in national or international news, visit FairVote at www.fairvote.org. FairVote is the national leader in educating about and advocating for proportional voting, Instant Runoff Voting, and other important reforms. We are proud to work very closely with FairVote, and encourage you to support FairVote in any way that you can.
San Leandro, Oakland and Berkeley have all officially voted to use IRV for the first time this November. This is big news -- we are about to quadruple the number of California cities using IRV. Find out more in this report from Jim Lindsay and Dave Kadlecek.
California voters will see a ballot measure on the June 8, 2010 ballot called the "top-two open primary". It is Proposition 14. In November 2004, California voters defeated a similar measure, Proposition 62. CfER opposed Proposition 62, and the CfER Board has recently voted to oppose the 2010 measure. Learn why in this analysis by Richard Winger of Ballot Access News.
On February 19, Senator Loni Hancock (D-9) and Assembly Member Mike Eng (D-49) introduced SB 1346 and AB 2732, respectively, identical bills that would save counties millions of dollars by allowing them to use IRV for special elections to fill vacancies. They would apply to vacancy elections for Congress and the state legislature. Read more legislation news here.
CfER president Steve Chessin comments on implementation in Alameda County, top two primaries, new board members and a bureaucratic SNAFU. Read his letter to members here.
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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.
OUR ELECTORAL SYSTEM IS IMPORTANT
The method by which we vote has dramatic consequences, and nearly one third of the state's electorate consistently goes without a representative that speaks for them in Sacramento. The choice of electoral system can determine whether there 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 and ethnic minority groups receive fair representation or get shut out of the process entirely.
CfER IS THE LEADING ADVOCACY GROUP FOR THESE REFORMS IN CALIFORNIA
CfER works for legislation that would allow cities and counties to adopt voting 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.
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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.
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