When something happens, this blog, usually, isn’t the one where you find the first post about it –the Instant reaction –the Must Do opinion. Even after seeing the wire info only minutes after it goes up, I begin doing research, follow instincts, then post. That can take a week –one is taking three years! Receive various e-mail –also rare to see posted here.
–Going to ‘jump into bed’ without even ‘lifting the covers’ —time is of the essence.
So Believe It: this is important –I’m even bumping it ahead of other posts I’m working on! We could: STOP spending stupid –bring More people into voting booths. THIS is the way California used to be –before Stupid took over. It’s e-mail reproduced as I received it (–pretty much; it has some weird characters, tried to delete). Don’t like the waste –the way things are? –Immediately after reading —DO THIS:
URGE GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER TO SIGN AB 1294 – KEY ELECTORAL REFORM LEGISLATION
AB 1294 (Mullin) Local Option for Ranked Voting
NOW IS THE CRITICAL TIME TO INFLUENCE THE GOVERNOR TO SIGN AB 1294
AB 1294 is CfER’s bill to allow cities and counties to use ranked
voting systems, including instant runoff voting and choice voting.
Ranked voting is more fair, preferred by voters, saves local
governments money, and can lead to dramatic improvements in effective
voter participation. Charter jurisdictions already have the ability to
use these systems, and AB 1294 extends this “local option” to all
cities and counties. The bill passed the California Legislature on
September 12th and is now on the Governor’s desk. We have a short
window of time to influence the Governor before he decides how he will
act on the bill.
PLEASE CONTACT THE GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER TODAY AND URGE HIM TO SIGN AB 1294.
You can call, email, fax, or send a postal note. The most important
thing is to do it immediately.
State Capitol Building
Email: visit http://gov.ca.gov/interact
As a rule of thumb, legible handwritten letters are better than typed
or computer printed ones. Letters (legible) better than faxes.
Faxes are better than emails.
Emails are better than phone messages.
Phone messages are better than illegible handwritten letters.
All of these options are vastly preferable to doing nothing and then regretting it later. The most important thing is to take action immediately.
For more information, see Talking Points or Supporters below. A sample
letter appears below.
Information about Instant Runoff Voting or more background about the
issue or the history of the bill are available on the CfER website at:
TALKING POINTS FOR AB 1294:
1) AB 1294 IS ABOUT LOCAL CONTROLAND LETTING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS DO WHAT
IT BEST FOR THEIR CITIZENS
AB 1294 simply provides an option, not a mandate. It makes it
possible for general law cities and counties to consider election
reforms that can increase voter participation and save our
municipalities money. General law cities and counties deserve the
opportunity to use the electoral systems that best address their
unique needs. Currently, only charter cities have this opportunity,
and it should be extended to all local governments.
The bill requires that cities wishing to adopt ranked voting must
first obtain approval of their voters, ensuring that a change to
ranked voting will only occur in jurisdictions where there is broad
public support for doing so.
2) COST SAVINGS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
AB 1294 imposes no fiscal cost to the state. It gives local
governments an opportunity to save money, in some cases a considerable
amount. Most jurisdictions have majority requirements which mandate
costly runoff elections. This bill gives local governments, often
operating on very limited budgets, an option to save scarce tax
dollars for other purposes by finishing the election in a single IRV
alone saves around $1.6 million per election, which is
real money when we are talking about local government budgets. Los
Angeles recently held a runoff election for local government offices
that cost $5 million dollars and only had 6% voter turnout.
3) IRV HAS AN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL TRACK RECORD WHEREVER IT HAS BEEN USED
All of the available research and surveys of the usage of IRV in
various places show that ranked ballot methods are popular and easily
understood by voters. In San Francisco’s IRV elections, every
single demographic in the city defined by where they live and their
race, age, gender, party and political philosophy â€¢ greatly preferred
IRV to the old separate runoff system by a three-to-one margin. Over 87% of voters said that they understood IRV perfectly well or fairly well,
and voters two-to-one perceived the instant runoff voting system
as more fair than the prior two-round runoff system. From the
standpoint of voter acceptance, ranked voting has proven exceptional
in and all other municipalities where it has been used.
4) UNIFORM ELECTION CODE SUPPORT Uniform election code support for these electoral methods will help both charter and general law
jurisdictions that want to use them. City and county officials and/or
local Registrars are not put in the difficult positions of having to
make up such procedures themselves
5) AB 1294 IS BROADLY SUPPORTED
See the partial list below of organizations and individuals supporting
SUPPORTERS OF AB 1294 INCLUDE:
– Californians for Electoral Reform (sponsor)
– Secretary of State Debra Bowen
– Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality
– Asian Pacific American Legal Center
– California Common Cause
– California League of Women Voters
– California Peace and Freedom Party
– California Public Interest Research Group
– City Clerks Association of California
– City of Davis, CA
– City of Fort Bragg, CA
– Community Development Institute of East Palo Alto
– Davis Choice Voting
– Democracy for America
– FairVote â€¢ the Center for Voting and Democracy
– Greenlining Institute
– Kevin McKeown, Councilmember, City of Santa Monica
– Latino Voters League
– Latinos for America
– League of California Cities
– Los Angeles Voters for Instant Runoff Elections
– Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
– New America Foundation
– Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP)
– San Mateo County Democracy for America
– Warren Slocum, Chief Elections Officer; Assessor-Clerk-Recorder, San Mateo
– William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI).
– Yolo County Registrar of Voters Freddie Oakley
SAMPLE LETTER TO GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER
[ Note: Letters to public officials are always more effective when
they are in your own words. The example below is best used as exactly
that — an example. Please see the talking points above for useful
ideas for your letter ]
State Capitol Building
Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,
I urge you to sign AB 1294, giving all cities and counties the option
to use Instant Runoff Voting and Choice Voting. These ranked voting
systems have proven themselves to be both good for local governments
and good for voters.
Local governments can save a lot of money by being able to elect their
representatives in a single election, without the need for a costly runoff election. alone saves over $1.6 million per election. just recently held a set of runoff elections that cost around $5 million and only had a 6% voter turnout. That money could be better spent elsewhere, and democracy would be better
served by involving more citizens in the process.
Instant Runoff Voting works well, and voters understand it, use it effectively, and like it. Voters inpreferred IRV by a three to one margin over their previous system, and two to one thought it more fair.
This bill would give general law cities and counties the same
opportunity to use ranked voting methods that charter cities and
counties have now. These forms of voting can be advantageous in many
situations and cities and counties should have the right to make the
decision as to whether to implement them based on their particular
circumstances and the will of their electorates, rather than being
constrained as under current law.
Thanks for your help. If you have questions, please contact:
Executive Vice President
Californians for Electoral Reform
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Take Note: You have not seen that guy’s name in this blog, before; highly unlikely it will Ever appear again. So take that as indication of: Urgency. –If You don’t contact him —he doesn’t sign the Bill —nobody Else to blame. –He’s got his face in cameras, at a conference –then on his way back to California —get your message on the desk Before his butt hits the chair. –We could Finally have Smart voting, Local control, Save Money… daVine….
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