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Voice for Democracy

Newsletter of Californians for Electoral Reform

Fall 2005

In this Issue

Presidents Letter

Citizens' Assembly on California's Agenda

All-Member Conference Call on January 16

CfER's Plans for Growth

Marin Ranked Voting Launched

Call to Action: California Wants Guidelines for IRV Elections

Redistricting Reform: Right Problem, Wrong Solution

Tales From the Endorsement-Seeking Trail

Chapter Roundtable

Speakers and Training Available

About CfER

Local Chapters and Contacts

Support Our Work

Voice for Democracy

Presidentís Letter

Last time I closed by saying I had run out of space to talk about San Francisco's second successful IRV election, and the slow progress towards IRV implementation in Alameda and Santa Clara counties, but would do so in the next newsletter. I want to keep that promise. Read the full letter here.

Citizens' Assembly on California's Agenda

Two members of the California legislature will introduce a bill in January to implement a Citizens' Assembly process modeled on what was done in British Columbia last year.  Learn more here.

All-Member Conference Call on January 16

Join us for a special all-member conference call on Monday, January 16, 2006 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm Pacific Time. Read the details here. To RSVP and get dial-in details, write to or call (415) 256-9393 and leave your phone number and email address.

CfER's Plans for Growth

In an all-volunteer organization like CfER, people are our most important asset. They determine our ability to bring about change. So CfER is engaged in a major new effort to grow our organization and increase our membership. Our goal is to double our membership by the end of 2006. Find out how here.

Marin Ranked Voting Launched

Marin Ranked Voting was formed in June of this year by a number of individuals wishing to pursue better representation of voters in Marin County. Learn more here, and visit http://www.marinrankedvoting.org.

Call to Action: California Wants Guidelines for IRV Elections

Write Secretary of State Bruce McPherson! Tell him county election officials want him to establish guidelines for instant runoff voting.

If your city or county would like to use IRV or choice voting, tell him that, too!

Secretary of State Bruce McPherson

1500 11th Street, 5th Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814

Redistricting Reform: Right Problem, Wrong Solution

Since November 8, there has been considerable discussion about the failure of ballot measures in California and Ohio to implement independent redistricting. Unfortunately, most of these discussions miss the point about what is wrong with our current electoral system and how to reform it. And none of them arrive at the proper conclusion, which is that it is time for America to join most other Western democracies in adopting a proportional voting system. Read more here.

Tales From the Endorsement-Seeking Trail

To get endorsements from public officials and candidates for office, you need access, some minimal hardware, and lots of perseverance. Thatís the moral of these tales from the endorsement-seeking trail. Read the full story here.

Chapter Roundtable

In the last issue of Voice for Democracy, this column traversed the state from North to South. This time, we will start in San Diego and work our way back up North again. But first, there is one major item of statewide news that hasnít been mentioned elsewhere in this issue. Take the tour here.

Speakers and Training Available

Would you like a speaker for a community group or a high school civics class? CfER has many excellent speakers. Or would your local chapter like some training? Most workshops are on how to speak about IRV and/or proportional voting, but we can provide workshops on almost any subject that would help a local chapter. Learn about these resources here.

About CfER ...

Californians for Electoral Reform (CfER) is a statewide citizens' group working for election reforms to ensure that our government fairly represents all voters. We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with members from across the political spectrum. Our primary purpose is to promote the implementation of election methods such as instant runoff voting (IRV) and proportional representation.

Since our founding in 1993, we have grown from two dozen members to hundreds of activists and supporters participating in local chapters across California.  We have participated in successful campaigns for IRV in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Santa Clara County.  Members who are students have helped their colleges adopt instant runoff and choice voting.  We speak frequently to organizations and at public forums.

 For more information about CfER, please visit

https://www.cfer.org/aboutus

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.

To join CfER, or renew your membership, please visit

https://www.cfer.org/join

Local Chapters and Contacts

To find a CfER chapter coordinator in your area, please visit

https://www.cfer.org/chapters

Support Our Work

We will soon be able to accept contributions on our website. Meanwhile, checks payable to "Californians for Electoral Reform" or "CfER" can be mailed to the address below.

Voice for Democracy

Voice for Democracy is published by

Californians for Electoral Reform

P.O. Box 128

Sacramento, CA  95812

Phone: 916-455-8021

E-mail:

www.cfer.org

Contents copyright 2005 by Californians for Electoral Reform.  Signed articles are the responsibility of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of Californians for Electoral Reform.