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Why should we adopt balanced voting?

Cohen is a retired mathematician and engineer living in Maine.

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Open Primaries National Virtual Discussion

Organizer: Open Primaries

Join our call to hear about the movement for change in St. Louis. St. Louis is one of only a few remaining major cities that conduct partisan municipal elections. Candidates regularly come into office with a minority of the vote. The STL Approves Campaign is hoping to change that. STL Approves' "Proposition D for Democracy" has recently been certified for the 2020 November ballot This comes after organizers collected 20,000 signatures, twice as many as were needed to qualify. 72% of voters now support the measure. Prop D would accomplish two important goals for voters:

  • End partisan primaries and replace them with an open, top-two nonpartisan primary in which all voters vote and all candidates compete.
  • Institute approval voting, an innovative form of voting where citizens "approve" of as many candidates as they want.

Please join us to hear about how this important campaign is hoping to dismantle barriers and build a better future for St. Louis. We'll be joined by Campaign Chair Benjamin Singer, local civil rights leader and supporter Reverend Darryl Gray, and campaign partner and national expert on approval voting Aaron Hamlin, the Executive Director of the Center for Election Science.

Location: Webinar

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Democracy Madness: On to the Elite Eight (Voting Division)

How low does a seed have to be to officially be a "Cinderella" team? Banning straight-ticket voting and promoting so-called STAR voting have scored big upsets, but otherwise the top seeds in the Voting division of our Democracy Madness bracket are through to the Elite Eight.

The next round starts Wednesday and continues Thursday.

Automatic voter registration and ranked-choice voting blew away their opponents in the first round, while felon voting rights and early voting both snuck through. AVR and felon voting rights are going head-to-head now. Will felon voting rights be able to pull off the upset? Or will AVR continue to crush its opponents?

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No sports on TV? Here’s democracy bracketology (Voting Division)

Democracy reform is a really broad topic — with many more ideas for fixing the system than the long list of reasons why Americans say the government's not working for them.

So which is the most transformative proposal for ending the dysfunction and putting voters back at the center of things? Since you may have more time to think during this season of social distancing, it seems a good time to ask: If you had to pick a single reform, what would it be?

We're calling this Democracy Madness.

The NCAA tournament never happened, baseball hasn't started and pro basketball and hockey are in limbo. But we all love competition, so we've seeded 64 proposals and divided them among four topical "regions."

We'll tackle a quarter of the draw at a time. Your votes on voting reforms today and tomorrow will turn the top 16 ideas into eight — two days later we'll be down to four, and so on. (Future brackets will contest ideas for reforming campaign finance, elections, civic life and Congress.)

You can click the matchups, then each label, for more about the proposals. Click the Vote Now button to get started.



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