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Voice for Democracy
Newsletter of Californians for Electoral Reform
In this Issue
It's that time of year again, as we gear up for CfER's Annual General Meeting Saturday, May 20th, 1:30pm to 4:30pm (mark your calendars!), where we will be electing our Board of Directors. There will be a party afterwards. The location is still being determined. (Also mark your calendars for Sunday, May 21st, 9am to 5pm, for the CfER leadership retreat.) Please see this article on the Board elections.
We've done a lot this past year to be proud of. Read the full letter here.
At press time ACA 28, the Richman/Canciamilla proposal for a California Citizens’ Assembly, had not yet been assigned to a committee for hearings. This is in spite of widespread favorable commentary in the daily press (see the Talking Points article below for a few samples). The Rules Committee, which assigns bills to policy committees, needs to hear from us--loud and clear--that California voters want this proposal discussed and debated by the state legislature. Here's what to do.
You are invited to host a houseparty. It’s easy and fun, and CfER will help you every step of the way. Watch your email inbox and our website for an announcement of the exact date, which will be soon after the June 6 primary election. Read more about CfER houseparties.
CfER currently has vacancies in two appointed positions, Vice President for Membership and Vice President for Outreach. The job descriptions are here.
Americans have long understood that the structure of government is inherently related to its outcomes. And our government was meticulously designed to ensure the protection of our most cherished political ideal: liberty. Yet a healthy discussion about liberty, and how to best design government structure to protect it, is the first thing that gets lost in the hustle and bustle of horserace politics that dominates public debate about political reform. This article advocates increasing the number of members of the legislature.
CfER’s many activities are overseen by a nine-member Board of Directors, whom we will elect at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 20. While I expect that many of the current directors will run for re-election, turnover and new blood are always healthy. Also, we elect our Board using proportional representation (we practice what we preach!) and PR only works if the election is contested. Find out about CfER's annual board election.
The Humboldt Voters' Association (HVA) sprang into action on January 3rd as the result of separating its predecessor, the Voters' Confidence Committee (VCC), into two organizations, both devoted to agendas of electoral reform but each pursuing different areas of primary interest. Learn more about HVA.
Our customary survey of local news must
be abbreviated to make room for pressing matters of statewide concern. There is
a lot going on around California; we just don’t have room for all of it.
the whirlwind tour here.
“If in a democracy the people have the authority to choose their representatives, then it would seem to follow that they should have the authority to choose the procedures by which they choose their representatives. Yet in nearly all democracies the procedures that govern elections have been established by officials or representatives themselves."--Dennis F. Thompson, “Who Should Govern Who Governs? The Role of Citizens in Reforming the Electoral System”, unpublished manuscript, October 1, 2005.
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
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.
more information about CfER, please visit
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
To find a CfER chapter coordinator in your area, please visit
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.
for Democracy is published by
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Sacramento, CA 95812
Contents copyright Ó 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.