[EM] The 99% Declaration, proposal to ban single-mark ballots from U.S. Congressional elections
ElectionMethods at VoteFair.org
Thu Apr 19 15:40:37 PDT 2012
Here is a big opportunity to help promote election-method reform in the
I have posted online a proposed federal law that would ban the use of
single-mark ballots from U.S. Congressional elections. Here is the URL:
For clarification: This website grew out of the Occupy Wall Street
movement (although this offshoot is disclaimed by the official Occupy
Wall Street movement). Specifically (according to what I read on the
website) the lawyer defending some of the people who were arrested for
blocking the bridge in New York City realized that having specific and
justifiable grievances would be helpful for their defense. Out of that
grew the idea to elect two delegates from each U.S. Congressional
district (one male and one female) and gather in Philadelphia on the
Fourth of July (Independence Day), and vote on which specific grievances
should form a Declaration that will be mass-march delivered to
Washington DC (or specifically Congress, I'm not sure which). (The
convention venue has already been rented and paid for.)
The page I created is titled "Ban single-mark ballots from Congressional
On this page you can help by clicking the "must include" and "relevant"
and "approve" checkboxes (preferably all 3 of them), although you must
use either your Facebook account (which presumably must have a US
address), or similarly for Twitter, or you can sign up at the website
itself (which is what I did, and which requires an email address and a
U.S. postal address).
The proposal is method-neutral. Here is the specific wording I wrote:
"Each individual state shall be allowed to choose which kinds of ballots
and which kinds of counting methods are approved or disapproved as
replacements for single-mark ballots and plurality counting, except that
the ballots must collect additional preference information from voters
and those ballots must be counted in ways that mathematically and
reliably improve the fairness of the results compared to using
single-mark ballots and plurality counting. If a ballot type can be
counted in more than one way, the official election results must include
published data that enables any news organization to count the ballot
preferences using other counting methods for comparison purposes."
If you want to promote your favorite method, please do so by adding your
own "grievance" to this website, which will create your own page on that
If you post comments on "my" proposal's page, it would be helpful to
agree that vote splitting is a huge unfairness in U.S. Elections, but
talking about specific voting-method criteria (e.g. "favorite betrayal"
or even the "Condorcet winner") would make this proposal seem even more
"esoteric" (non-relevant) than some of the participants currently believe.
More specifically, for those of you who have signed the Declaration of
Election-Method Reform Advocates, please remember your promise to work
collaboratively, rather than competitively, to promote the use of fairer
From other information I've seen about the Occupy Wall Street movement,
it appears that one subgroup's "election-method expert" favors IRV, so
please don't restart a fight with IRV advocates.
My goal is to convince the delegates who will be gathering in
Philadelphia on the Fourth of July that this proposal is worth adopting
as part of the declaration they will be mass-march delivering to
Washington DC. After that, if something develops from this proposal, we
can use our position as election-method experts to influence state
legislatures about which methods to approve and disapprove.
Of course this proposal is bold, yet just getting it discussed in the
convention in Philadelphia would help our efforts to ban single-mark
If you are unable to use the "must include" and other checkboxes, you
may be able to click the page's Facebook Like button or Google +1
button, and that too will help.
Thank you for whatever help you can provide.
P.S. Of course if you create your own "grievance" on that website,
please let us know so that we can express support for your
election-method reform proposal.
P.P.S. If you live in a congressional district that does not yet have
any candidates for your district's delegate, you might even want to sign
up as a possible delegate.
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