RCV for Colorado

Category: Weekly Initiative

Update 2-5-2017

Hello everyone!

This is being written as just a quick update to keep everyone posted as to what is moving and shaking in the RCV group.  Since Mid January and our last state of the initiative, we’ve been focused on working with the League of Women Voters Boulder County as they brought Rob Richie to Colorado to give a presentation on RCV and to touch upon other voting systems.  The meeting had a good attendance, with folks filling the room and occupying almost every seat plus standing in the back.  If you’d like to watch, there was a facebook live video taken during the event which can be found either on our facebook page,  (https://www.facebook.com/groups/STVforColorado )   or on the page  for the League (https://www.facebook.com/lwvbc.org/videos/1292777887477089/)

With this meeting behind us, our group is going to start to focus on obtaining our official state status, as well as continuing to spread awareness of RCV in general.  There will be a meeting, likely online conference and discussion, soon where your doers will hammer out a plan to move forward smartly.

A couple notes:

There is a second meeting being put on by the League of Women Voters Boulder County on Feb 21 at 6PM which will focus on Approval voting methods.  You can check their Facebook page for updates on that as it draws near and we’ll likely be sending out a reminder.

There is the possibility that our group may have a presence at the Liberty Conference for the Libertarian Party of Colorado March 24 thru the 26th.  We will keep you posted on that as it approaches.

The website will have a couple pages up in the next week or so talking about RCV around the country, some information about the inner workings of RCV vs various other methods of voting, and other tid bits of information.  We will talk more about those when they are fully implemented.

And as always . . . awareness starts with you all.  Find 1 friend.  See if they would be interested in joining the cause!  Have a great week everyone!

Chris

#6 State of the Initative

Hello fellow RCV supporters!

 

It has been a couple weeks since the last update, and that is because we’re entering a time where the initial set up tasks are settling down and we are finding a rhythm.  But that isn’t to say we’ve been idle at all!

 

Last week, your “doers” all met and had a full and lengthy conversation before taking a vote on exactly which Ranked Choice version we wanted to follow.  There were representatives there from Approval Voting led by the kind hearted Frank Atwood and Blake Huber, as well Celeste Landry and Diana Haskell from the League of Women Voters Boulder.  The conversation was led and moderated by Mr. Tim Murray who is an activist in his own right supporting several different causes.  We discussed several voting methods including Approval Voting, Instant Runoff Voting (RCV), and Score Voting.  Each method has strengths and weaknesses so the conversation was quite lively and yet still very respectful and organized.  At the end of the day we voted on which method to fully support by using all 3 methods.  IRV and Approval both selected IRV as the winner (Which ultimately was the decision), and the Score voting method indicated a 0.2+ preference for Approval Voting.  It was a very interesting outcome.

 

In the past week, our focus has been on an upcoming event which I get to tell you all about now as the details are finally being solidified.  The League of Women Voters Boulder County is hosting Mr. Rob Richie, leader of Fairvote, a nationwide organization which was instrumental in helping Maine be the first to break away from the plurality voting system First Past the Post, and introduce IRV/RCV to the US on a state level.  This passed in 2016, so we will be able to see it used in action in 2018 which should be very exciting.  I’m sure there will be tremendous media focus on that particular election despite it being an “off year”.

 

We would like to personally invite everyone here to the meeting with Rob Richie and the League of Women Voters Boulder County.  You are part of this group because obviously you care about fair methods for voting, and you may have concerns about our current system.  Rob has stated he will be speaking with his, “focus [being] on what [he] see as real, viable ways  of improving our elections, with a feature on ranked choice in both single winner and multi-winner varieties.”

 

We have confirmed a venue for February 2 at the Lafayette Library.  Moreover the library is willing to co-sponsor, so there will be no charge for the meeting room.  Unfortunately, the library closes at 8:00 so we have shifted the time to 6:00-7:45.  RCV for Colorado has been given the honor of being “co-host” for this event, and over the next two weeks we will be working directly with LWV Boulder County to bring about a smooth, informative, and hopefully very interesting meeting of the minds.  I personally encourage all of you to consider attending.  The meeting will be fairly short, and fast paced, but I am certain there will be time for questions and answers from Rob, as well as myself, the “doers”, and the LWV.  So if you have a genuine interest in voting reform, and can spare 2 hours on Thursday evening, this is a rare opportunity for all of us.

 

Now as for our group specifically, we are doing some housekeeping currently.  First, here are the minutes from our last meeting courtesy of Aicila Lewis.

2017 0107 RCV meeting at Standley Library, started at 12:20pm

 

Attending:

RCV Doers- Chris Billman, Blake, Anthony, Jeff Gran, Melissa, John Tweedy, Joshua, Lynn Billman, Susan, Linda, James Reyes, Aicila Lewis

 

Observers- Frank Atwood, Van, Tim Murray (facilitator), Dan Winterhalter, Diana Haskell, John Hardie, Celeste

 

Presented on 3 different systems using group approved criteria.

IRV- Chris

AV- Joshua

Score/Range- Celeste

 

Celeste and Diana were from the League of Women Voters and they brought sample ballots and issues with each system that were very helpful. (more details here: http://www.lwvbc.org/vmcomm.html)

 

Voted on the 3 systems after questions and answers, using all 3 systems of voting. Results were as below, with IRV winning in 2 of the systems.

 

League of Women Voters Boulder asked us to co-sponsor the upcoming event with Rob Ritchie, Executive Director of FairVote.org, on Feb. 2 at the Lafayette Public Library.

 

Closed at 2:20pm.

Currently, our main focus is on obtaining our 501 status, and assisting with the upcoming meeting in conjunction with LWV.  If you are interested in becoming more active, all you have to do is send us an e-mail at RCVinfo@rcvfor.co or post a message on the FB page and we’ll immediately add you to the “doers” crowd.  You’ll be hands on at the front of the conversation and have a say in which direction we go next.
Furthermore we received a nice mention and shout out from Fairvote!  They linked our group in one of their mass e-mails to their supporters so word is spreading far and wide.  If you have not yet checked out their website you can reach it at www.fairvote.org    We should build upon this and keep the push going.  There are many folks out there who simply do not know about voting reform or why it is important.  Remember it is up to you to talk with them.  Your “Doers” can’t do it all.  We need you to be a voice, and just . . talk.  Mention our group and what we are doing.  And again, thank you all for caring.  There must be a change.  The status quo no longer serves the citizens.  It is time to move on.

 

I hope you all are well, healthy, and so far 2017 is treating you with the joy and dignity you deserve.

State of the Initiative #5

State of the Initiative Address #5

Hello everyone and I genuinely hope your holidays were joyful and bright.  Mine were amazing and spent with family and friends.  Despite the holidays, a great deal of work was actually done by your “doer” group and I am excited to bring you all up to speed.

First, we continue to make contacts with like minded folks all over Colorado and Denver.  The League of Women Voters Boulder has linked us to their website,   http://lwvbc.org/vmcomm.html  and we have started talking about events our group can do along side theirs in January and February.  We will OF COURSE be posting about these meetings as they come to fruition.  The Libertarian Party of Colorado has invited us to join them at one such event in March:

https://www.facebook.com/lpcolorado/?fref=ts  (Apologies, I am not technically savvy enough to know how to hyperlink anything)

http://www.lpcolorado.org/2017convention

There is a good chance we will actually be invited on stage to debate with individuals who prefer other voting methods such as Approval Voting during this convention so I highly advise you consider attending if possible.

Another very exciting occurrence for us, we were given the privilege to meet with Representative Jonathan Singer (House District 11) this past week.  He blessed us with a couple hours of time and it was time well spent.   I can honestly say that he is as kind, open, intelligent, and helpful as his reputation bears out.   It was joyful to speak with him.  He and I reached a lot of common ground in just 2 hours of discussion.  We spoke at length about AV and IRV, as well as the work he has done for the past 3 years promoting AV system bill much like the one that passed in 2008 under Kefalas.  We have also sent an e-mail to Sen. Kefalas asking for a similar meeting and hope to hear back soon.  As always you will of course be kept informed.

Lastly your doers will be meeting again on the 7th.  The League of Women Voters may be sending a representative to that meeting depending on their schedules.  Our last meeting was AMAZING and very productive and I am hopeful this one will be as well.

As always, if you want to be more informed . . .or more involved, either way, just comment or send me a PM and you will be given the time/location of the meeting so you can join the doers, or just come and watch us talk.  I bet you’d be impressed at the group we have been growing.  There are amazing men and women there who have brought their strong, honest, informed thoughts and facts with them and together we are working very well to bring about as much change as we can.

And finally, my standard conclusion, we need as many people to join us as possible.  Pick just one person somewhere in your world, and speak to them about this group and what we are trying to do.  Numbers are our key.  Without them .  .. well let’s face it, I don’t have millions to buy the influence we’d need to make these changes.  Other’s do.  So we need people instead.  Just find one person, talk to them, and see if they would be interested in joining up as a face in the crowd.

Thank you all!  I hope 2017 treats you all well and let us continue to move forward!

Chris

RCVforColorado on facebook

www.rcvfor.co

First MONTHLY State of the Initiative Address (Week 4)

Hello to you all and THANK you for being part of this group.  Welcome to all the new members!  We continue to grow simply by word of mouth and it is wonderful to see happening.  Each time you share a post, or mention this group, or speak with a friend, you present a chance for us to grow stronger.  So thank you all for your continued engagement and keeping the conversation going.  On a personal note, we are deep into the holidays at my house.  I think my cookie calorie intake meter was mysteriously lost recently but I’m sure I’ll find it again somewhere around February.  So of course things tend to slow down in other areas of life, so this post may seem a little shorter but rest assured big things are happening.

So over the past week or so, we took two fairly big steps forward.  First off we have connected with two other parties who are in favor of doing away with the First Past the Post system(FPTP), The Libertarian Party of Colorado and the League of Women Voters Boulder.  We are SO THRILLED to be finding so many other like minded folks out there who recognize that the FPTP system simply isn’t working for this country or this state and we are looking forward to the possibility of setting up booths at events, talks, and joining them to spread awareness that there are alternatives to what we currently have.

Second, your group “doers” all sat down together on Sunday and had, what I believe was an OUTSTANDING conversation.  Each person participated actively, brought good thoughts with them, challenged incorrect ideas, and collectively we engaged in a plethora of productive ideas.  We have about a full half page of goals and “to do” items which we are collectively working with and we will be meeting again shortly.  We will also spent about 90 minutes discussing and very specifically analyzing what it is we want to bring.  We are in the process of honing our more vague ideas into precision concepts and will be shortly putting them into words and language from which we can begin to write our initiative.  We expect to have this process complete by early January and turn our attention full time to writing and outreach.

As of my writing this piece, we have 111 members on the facebook group, and a handful more who are signed up through the website.  I am not sure of the cross over but our membership is up about 20% in just the last week overall.  I can not TELL you what that means to me personally.  Thank you.  Thank you.

Keep up the conversation everyone.  Pick just one friend this week, and if you find an opportunity bring up our group and our ideas.  Still so many people do now know about the existence of other voting methods besides FPTP.  We need to change this.  Our success as a group depends on people being informed and engaged.  Knowledge is power.  So this week, go share and spread your knowledge.

Feel free to share our links with them.

On the Web:  www.rcvfor.co

On Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/groups/STVforColorado/

Third Weekly State of the Initiative Address

Hello Group! It is once again Saturday and we’ve just completed our third week in existence. Next week will be almost a full month! One month old and we’re already doing far more than holding our head up!

So . . .here is the Third Weekly State of the Initiative Address.

First off, with the approaching holidays, people taking vacations, and other of life’s important events become more commonplace, the work here, very naturally and in my opinion, WELCOMELY has slowed slightly. I just got off the phone with another ally who has experience setting up non-profits and he reminded me that setting a pace is important as burnout is a very real blockaid for any long term project. So in the spirit of the times . . . HAPPY HOLIDAYS and I hope you and yours are doing well. Relax! Enjoy the times you have with those most important to you. Remember that time is really all we have in this life. It is the sole asset given to each and every human. Time. Spend it wisely.

Now that aside, this week the group of “doers” has coalesced nicely. We are set up now using a website called “Slack” which is helping to organize this movement. A tremendous amount of research and discussion was done. Special Thanks this week to Joshua Leasure, and Jeff Gran who have done a HUGE amount of study, finding new ideas, researching past applications of RCV, and basically mapping out the intellectual territory in which we all now find ourselves. There have been many new ideas presented and discussed about how exactly we want to write up this initiative to set it upon the best course for success.

Also two articles were written and submitted to local newspaper editors for publication. Time will tell if they are accepted and printed but we will continue to walk down that path and spread knowledge of RCV and this group’s attempt to free up our voting methods from the old FFTP standby we’ve been stuck with for 240 years.

The group of Doers has our first meeting coming up in 8 days so if you want to be part of that please let me know. You can just comment below and I will send you a Private FB message. Remember to check your “other folder” as I am not “friends” with many of you and facebook will filter my message as spam.

Hopefully the week to come will bring more research, more articles, and perhaps get us set up as a 501 (c)(4). As always, AWARENESS is our biggest foe. There are a lot of people out and about who would be supporters if only they could hear about us. Outreach is the name of our game. So, if you believe that RCV is a better system and you think we should have it here in Colorado . . .it really is up to you to be the feet of this group. We can’t move anywhere, out or up, without our feet going places. So go places. Pick just one person you know and bring up RCV. “That RCV group had an interesting article the other day . . . ” Let THEM ask you, “RCV? What does that mean?” Then just show them the group on your phone or computer. It could easily be a 3 minute talk, but it might make them aware of our existence. Remember we have a very high hurdle to overcome. 135,000 signatures spread out all over Colorado. We need people to be aware of us, and we need you to speak to them to make them aware. So just one person this week. Anyone you like.

Be well all! And HAPPY HOLIDAYS again! Spend your time well.