Other pages on this site better capture our current efforts, but prior accomplishments include:
purpose of this organization is to promote the implementation of
election methods such as instant runoff voting and forms of proportional
We are a nonpartisan organization with members from across
the political spectrum.
We often work with FairVote
- the Center for Voting and Democracy, a national
organization with similar aims.
CfER was founded in May of 1993, with 23 people signing
up. We now have several hundred members and several local chapters.
- We participated in successful campaigns in 2004 and 2006 to bring
Instant Runoff Voting to Berkeley and Oakland.
- We helped run a successful campaign in 2002 to bring
Instant Runoff Voting to San Francisco.
- We assisted with a successful ballot measure campaign to
enable use of Instant Runoff Voting in Santa Clara County in 1998.
- We ran a campaign in 1996 in SF to adopt proportional representation there. We lost,
but we see it as the opening salvo in the quest for PR.
- We have campaigned for bills that have passed the legislature
(none yet signed into law) to make it easier for cities to adopt
Instant Runoff Voting.
- We helped develop and run the first elections of the Local
Advisory Board of KPFA, the nation's oldest community-sponsored radio station.
- We frequently send speakers to radio shows and other
community events to spread the word about PR. We have also sponsored workshops on
- CfER members who are college students have helped their
student governments adopt IRV and Choice Voting.
- CfER members have contributed to the development of software, ballot design, tallying, and auditing procedures for ranked-choice voting methods.
Local chapters and contacts