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Talking Points for Charter Review Testimony - 08-17-2008

posted Feb 23, 2011, 9:15 PM by Ranked Choice Voting Washington

ADOPT RANKED CHOICE VOTING (aka Instant Runoff Voting)
IN
KING COUNTY!!

 

We have a real chance to build on the recent success of Pierce County where Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), aka Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), was supported by a majority of that county’s voters and will now be used in most county elections starting this year. We can do this by convincing the King County Charter Review Commission, which recommends charter changes to the King County Council every decade, to recommend the adoption of IRV as our county’s voting system.

 

In case you are not familiar with the advantages of IRV, additional information may be obtained by looking at www.irvwa.org or www.fairvote.org.

 

You can help by writing a letter as soon as possible urging Charter Review Commission members to recommend the adoption of IRV to the King County Council. Also consider attending the meetings of the Commission. Their schedule is found at http://www.metrokc.gov/exec/charter/meetings.aspx.

 

Address Your Letter to:

King County Charter Review Commission

C/0 Mark Yango -Charter Coordinator

Executive Office-Columbia Center

701 5th Avenue Suite 3210

Seattle, WA 98104

 

or via email Charter Review King County Government

or call (206) 296-4628 to leave a message in support of IRV

 

Talking Points 

  • RCV is more democratic and representative than our current plurality system because it ensures that the winner is supported by a majority of voters. It encourages higher voter turnout and is a more precise measurement of voter preferences. 

  • RCV allows people to vote for their preferred candidates without the threat that by doing so they may help elect the candidates they support the least.

  • RCV offers a positive alternative to the unpopular “pick a party” primary since it accomplishes the narrowing down function of primaries in a single election. It therefore has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of dollars each cycle by consolidating the low-turnout August primary into the high-turnout general election.

  • RCV has proven very popular around the country from Cambridge, Massachusetts where it has been used for decades, to Burlington, Vermont to San Francisco, where it has earned high voter reviews since being instituted in 2005, to Pierce County, where it was supported by a clear majority of the voters when placed on the ballot in 2006. In fact, RCV has won in each of the last ten elections where it was placed on the ballot.

 

For more information contact Instant Runoff Voting of
Washington (IRVWA) (206) 523-3656,
email joeszwaja@earthlink.net

RCV / IRV Update for King County 10/04/08 (Bob Ferguson)

posted Feb 23, 2011, 9:11 PM by Ranked Choice Voting Washington

Dear IRVWA:

I wanted to let you know that I have introduced legislation to adopt the recent recommendation of the King County Charter Review Commission to study instant runoff voting. The King County Council is expected to hear and possibly take action on this issue on Monday, October 6, 2008, at the regularly scheduled 1:30 Council meeting.

As you know, the Charter Review Commission recommended that the Council convene a citizen’s committee to complete a study on instant runoff voting. The Commission put considerable effort into establishing its recommendations, and this legislation would task the Citizen’s Election Oversight Committee with examining whether instant runoff voting has a place in future King County Elections. The legislation requests that a written report documenting the advantages and disadvantages of instant runoff voting be presented to the Council no later than January 2, 2010.

The Council will be accepting public comment on this issue at its meeting on Monday. However, please note that Monday’s agenda also includes possible action on the County’s Comprehensive Plan which is scheduled to be heard first, and expected to take approximately two hours.

Please feel free to pass this information along to your membership.

If you
have questions or additional feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me at
bob.ferguson@kingcounty.gov or (206) 296-1001.

Sincerely,

Bob

Bob Ferguson
King County Councilmember
Metropolitan King County Council, District 1
516 3rd Avenue, Room 1200
Seattle, WA 98104
ph: (206) 296-1001 | fx: (206) 296-019
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For more information: http://www.kingcounty.gov/ferguson
Visit our website to view the latest District 1 eNews

Ranked Choice Voting - Support a Deeper Democracy - 06-26-2009

posted Feb 23, 2011, 8:59 PM by Ranked Choice Voting Washington

Submitted by mcclintock on Wed, 06/24/2009 - 14:23.Location: 
University Friends Meeting House, 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA
Datestamp: 06/26/2009 - 7:00pm - 06/26/2009 - 9:00pm


VOTE YOUR HOPES NOT YOUR FEARS WITH RANKED CHOICE VOTING !

  • Ranked Choice Voting (a.k.a. Instant Runoff Voting) has been enacted for UW campus elections
  • Ranked Choice Voting is now the law in Pierce County elections
  • Ranked Choice Voting is being officially studied by the King County Citizens Election Oversight Committee
    (Thank you to everyone who lobbied to get RCV to this point for King County!!!!)

Come find out how we can enact Ranked Choice Voting for City of Seattle and King County elections, and protect RCV where it has been enacted!

Friday, June 26,7 pm

University Friends Meeting House

4001 9th Ave NE

 

Featured speakers/performers:

 

Krist Novoselic, musician, and leader in the pro-democracy revolution

Dr. Rich Anderson-Connolly, organizer of the successful campaign to enact RCV in Pierce County

Erik Connell, with the national election reform think tank FairVote

Joe Szwaja, former city council candidate in Seattle and President of RCV -Washington

 

Krist Novoselic is the former bassist in the Seattle-born grunge band Nirvana  and currently the bassist for the band Flipper.  He founded JAMPAC, an organization that works to protect the rights of free expression.  He authored Of Grunge and Government:  Let's Fix this Broken Democracy.  He is also a poet and gardener at his farm in southwestern Washington.

 

Dr. Rich Anderson-Connolly is a professor of comparative sociology at the University of Puget Sound, and was the leader of the successful campaign to enact Ranked Choice Voting in Pierce County.  Rich will tell us how his group pulled it off, how opponents of democracy have continued to attack RCV there, and in particular how powerful interests are trying again to repeal RCV for Pierce County this November

 

Erik Connell is a former intern at FairVote, in Takoma Park, Maryland, where he helped with numerous efforts to enact election reform around the country.  Erik is returning to his home town of Tacoma, Washington to help stop what is expected to be a well-funded effort to repeal RCV in Pierce County.

 

Joe Szwaja is a former member of the Madison City Council, current president of Ranked Choice Voting for Washington who led the successful effort to get RCV studied by the King County Council. He will tell us how our efforts have gotten RCV one step closer to reality in King County and what we can do to help get it on the ballot.

 

Hear Krist play a few tunes while panel members and the audience try to play along!

 

plus see the unveiling of the new DVD ... If It Plays in Pierce County

 

with footage from the grassroots testimony that convinced the King County Charter Review Commission to study RCV .Donations are gratefully accepted to help fund the DVD and our other ongoing efforts to enact RCV in King County and throughout Washington.

 

http://irvwa.org/get-involved

King Co Citizens' Election Oversight Committee - 02-11-2009

posted Feb 23, 2011, 8:58 PM by Ranked Choice Voting Washington

Submitted by raconnolly on Fri, 01/30/2009 - 20:53.
Location: Elections Office in Renton, 919 SW Grady Way
Datestamp: 02/11/2009 - 11:30am - 02/11/2009 - 1:00pm

The King County CEOC is examing Ranked Choice Voting.  Please attend and express your support.

King County Charter Review Public Hearing - 04-15-2008

posted Feb 23, 2011, 8:57 PM by Ranked Choice Voting Washington

Submitted by raconnolly on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 10:50.
Location: RiverRock Grill, Renton
Datestamp: 04/15/2008 - 6:30pm

Supporters of IRV/RCV can speak to the Charter Review
Commissioners.  Please attend!

Visit the CRC website at www.kingcounty.gov/exec/charter/meetings.aspx

King County Charter Review Public Hearing - 03-31-2008

posted Feb 23, 2011, 8:56 PM by Ranked Choice Voting Washington

Submitted by raconnolly on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 10:49.
Location: Preston Community Center
Datestamp: 04/14/2008 - 6:30pm

Supporters of IRV/RCV can speak to the Charter Review
Commissioners.  Please attend!

Visit the CRC website at www.kingcounty.gov/exec/charter/meetings.aspx

King County Charter Review Public Hearing - 04-10-2008

posted Feb 23, 2011, 8:55 PM by Ranked Choice Voting Washington

Submitted by raconnolly on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 10:47.
Location: Shoreline Conference Center
Datestamp: 04/10/2008 - 6:30pm

Supporters of IRV/RCV can speak to the Charter Review
Commissioners.  Please attend!

Visit the CRC website at www.kingcounty.gov/exec/charter/meetings.aspx

King County Charter Review Public Hearing - 03-31-2008

posted Feb 23, 2011, 8:54 PM by Ranked Choice Voting Washington

Submitted by raconnolly on Mon, 03/31/2008 - 10:45.
Location: The Hall at Fauntleroy, West Seattle
Datestamp: 04/08/2008 - 6:30pm

Supporters of IRV/RCV can speak to the Charter Review Commissioners.  Please attend!

Visit the CRC website at www.kingcounty.gov/exec/charter/meetings.aspx

RCV Local Option Bill - Senate Hearing - 02-06-2008

posted Feb 23, 2011, 8:52 PM by Ranked Choice Voting Washington

Submitted by raconnolly on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 19:37.
Location: J.A. Cherberg Building, Rm 2, Olympia
Datestamp: 02/07/2008 - 3:30pm

The Senate Government Operations and Elections Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 6000, a bill that would allow local district governments in RCV counties to use RCV.  Richard Anderson-Connolly, IRVWA president, will testify in favor of the bill.

IRV Washington Web Retreat - 01-19-2008

posted Feb 23, 2011, 8:51 PM by Ranked Choice Voting Washington

Submitted by communitysteps on Sat, 01/19/2008 - 11:44.
Location: Vivace Coffee, Capitol Hill
Datestamp: 01/19/2008 - 10:00am - 01/19/2008 - 12:00pm

As I've mentioned before (http://groups.drupal.org/node/7981), IRV Washington (http://irvwa.org) is moving to Drupal and we could use some help in the effort.

  • Tomorrow, Saturday Jan 19
  • 10am
  • Espresso Vivace Roasteria
    901 E Denny Way
    Seattle, WA 98122

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