Updated: Nov 29, 2021
At our membership meeting on November 18th, we will have two special presentations regarding potential improvement of our current voting systems. Both systems provide the voter with more than a single (winner-take-all) vote. Ranking your preferences allows you to have a second (and third, and … nth) chance to vote if your first (2nd, 3rd , …etc.) preference gets knocked out of a multicandidate primary or election. Diane Silver (fairvote.org) will present the RCV point of view and show us why she believes it is the best way to give each voter a more fair choice. Diane is a program coordinator for FairVote, working to expand support for national ranked-choice-voting legislation. Before joining FairVote, Diane did wildlife education at the Cincinnati Zoo, and in a previous life, worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide to her home-state Senator. Mark Frohnmayer (equal.vote.com) will present the STAR program and show us why he believes it is even better than the RCV system. The son of David Frohnmayer (the 15th president of the University of Oregon), Mark is a software and clean technology entrepreneur. He has started a number of successful entrepreneurial efforts, including designing Arcimoto, a three-wheeled electric vehicle. Passionate about reforming Oregon's election system, he co-invented STAR voting in 2014. The presentations for RCV and STAR will include video and possibly a mock election. This meeting couldn't happen without Zoom---Diane will join us from the East Coast and Mark from San Francisco. As one who has spent a fair amount of time learning about these two voting methods, I recommend you spend a little time at each website getting comfortable with their methods. Who knows, it might give you a great idea for a question during the final portion of the meeting.