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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


  • 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.