FairVote E-News, 09-07-2003
September 7, 2003
What’s new at www.fairvotemn.org:
INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING FACES SET-BACK IN SAN FRANCISCO
In March 2002, the voters of San Francisco amended their city charter to replace their problematic two-round runoff election system with instant runoff voting for municipal elections. The city elections department, notorious for its ineffectiveness, recently declared that it could not figure out how to implement instant runoff voting for this November's municipal election, even though it has had 17 months to work on it, and that it intended to administer the election using the now-outlawed two-round runoff system. A judge ruled with the city. Commentary article from the Center for Voting and Democracy.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ADOPTS STUDY OF ELECTION REFORM
At their state convention in May 2003, the League of Women Voters of Minnesota decided to conduct a study of alternative voting methods and investigate their merits relative to the plurality and two-round methods currently used in Minnesota. Statement from the League. http://www.fairvotemn.org/articles/new_league_of_women_030907.html
FAIRVOTE MINNESOTA SPEAKERS BUREAU OFFERS TRAINING SEMINAR
The number of requests for FairVote Minnesota speakers is on the rise. In order to increase our speakers bureau capacity we are offering a training seminar for new and relatively inexperienced speakers, as well as for experienced speakers who want to update their presentation materials and skills.
The seminar will be held on Saturday, October 4th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the conference room just inside the lobby entrance of the Chamber of Commerce Center, 401 Robert Street, St. Paul. Parking is available in the basement of the building, with the entrance to the ramp on Minnesota Street across from Town Square, or in ramps in neighboring buildings. On-street parking might be available as well.
The seminar will include an in-depth review of the core presentation for FairVote speakers, featuring a frequently used power point presentation and supplementary speaker notes developed by FairVote president, Tony Solgard. We will also explore ways to personalize your presentation and review the logistical and procedural steps in accepting and carrying out a speaking engagement.
The meeting is free to all friends of FairVote Minnesota who plan to participate in FairVote’s speakers bureau. Those who are interested in the subject but do not intend to participate in the speakers bureau may also attend but will be asked to pay a nominal fee to cover the cost of materials and refreshments.
To make a reservation for the presentation, please contact Janna Haug, FairVote Minnesota Speakers Bureau coordinator, at ajhaug@....
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