Special Forum on Ranked Choice Voting & Election Reform

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Lulu Friesdat

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Jul 27, 2021, 8:40:29 PM7/27/21
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What a treat! An evening with Legal Scholar Steve Mulroy exploring Ranked-Choice Voting and other election reforms.

Tuesday July 27th 7pm ET

  • A Ranked Choice Voting Deep Dive

Ranked Choice Voting is a type of election that gives voters more choice in who they support. Fans say it reduces partisanship and negative campaigning, while giving women and candidates of color more opportunity for success. But it has its critics and complexities. Join us to learn more about how it works and whether it can deliver on its promises.

Guest: Legal Scholar Steve Mulroy

Steve Mulroy is a Professor of Law at the University of Memphis. He has served as pro bono counsel for voting rights cases across the country, and was an active advocate of the referendum supporting Ranked Choice Voting that passed in Memphis in 2008. He is a legal scholar, who has published op-eds at The New Republic, Slate, Salon and The Hill and been featured on CNN, MSNBC & the Fox News Channel. His most recent book, Rethinking U.S. Election Law is an exploration of what can be done to repair the U.S. election system.

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Mike Ridgway

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Aug 8, 2021, 9:31:28 AM8/8/21
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And by the way, ranked-choice voting wasn't created to reduce "partisanship and negative campaigning while giving women and candidates of color more opportunity for success." It was created to mitigate the spoiler effect. That's all.

And it is hardly complex. A SpaceX booster rocket, that's complex. RCV. Not complex.

On Sun, Aug 8, 2021 at 1:21 AM Mike Ridgway <miketan...@gmail.com> wrote:
What's to explore? it's one way among many of deciding who wins an election.

Mike Ridgway
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Mike Ridgway

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Aug 8, 2021, 9:31:28 AM8/8/21
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What's to explore? it's one way among many of deciding who wins an election.

Mike Ridgway
RCV advocate
Former member, Utah Republican Party Executive Committee
Former member, Utah Republican Party Central Committee
Former member, Utah Republican Party Constitution and Bylaws Committee
Former member, Salt Lake County Republican Party Executive Committee
Former member, Salt Lake County Republican Party Central Committee
Former member, Salt Lake County Republican Party Constitution and Bylaws Committee
Former Republican Precinct Chair
Former Utah State and County Republican Delegate
Former Missouri State Republican  Delegate
Former Missouri District 1 Republican Delegate
Election Integrity Advocate and Activist
Rules compliance specialist
Ranked-choice voting advocate

On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 7:40 PM Lulu Friesdat <shuga...@gmail.com> wrote:
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Kathy Dopp

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Aug 20, 2021, 9:32:56 PM8/20/21
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Here are two examples of how the IRV method of counting rank choice ballots is a step backwards from existing plurality voting:

The dollars behind the push for IRV/RCV are the voting system vendors that will profit from the necessity of new voting software and systems that are virtually inaudible so create bigger opportunities for vote manipulation. 

IRV is a fundamentally unfair method of counting RC ballots that only counts some voters' 2nd and 3rd choices when their 1st choice loses because often the 2nd and later choices are eliminated first. 

A far simpler, more auditable alternative voting method is approval voting that actually does solve the spoiler problem, unlike IRV/STV which does not solve any of the problems it claims to solve.

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Mike Ridgway

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Sep 7, 2021, 10:29:47 AM9/7/21
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Approval voting was used in the St. Louis mayoral primary. It was an unmitigated disaster.

On the Democratic side, there were two black candidates and one white candidate.

Anyone who expressed 'approval' for the two black candidates and excluded the white candidate succeeded in defeating the white candidate but had exactly zero say in which of the two black candidates won the election.

Please, Kathy Dopp, explain to me why a voting system that eliminates a voter from having any final say in the race between the top two of three candidates is superior to a system which doesn't do that.

I'll wait.

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