Because plurality voting (the voting method most commonly used in elections across the USA) often produces results that do not accurately represent the voters’ preferences, and
Because the 2016 election has heightened interest in better voting methods locally, statewide and nationally in order to get results that more accurately represent the voters’ preferences, and
Because, while acknowledging that there is no perfect method of voting, there is agreement among voting methods experts that there are alternative methods of voting (e.g., rank choice, approval, score) that, compared to plurality, more accurately represent the voters’ preferences, improve the election experience, and encourage honest voting rather than tactical voting, and
Because improving the election experience can help the LWV reach its Making Democracy Work® goals of engaging more voters in the election process and increasing fairness in and accessibility to the democratic process, and Because the LWV of Colorado and LWVUS do not have a position on voting methods, therefore
The LWV of Boulder County offers the following position statement for local league consideration and seeks their vote of concurrence at the 2017 May Convention of the League of Women Voters of Colorado:
The League supports authorizing and implementing alternatives to plurality voting that allow people to express their preferences more effectively. The League supports gaining on-the-ground experience with alternative voting methods in order to ascertain whether a voting method results in outcomes that match voters’ preferences as recorded on their ballots. The League supports voting methods that improve the election experience, that encourage honest voting rather than tactical voting, and that consider ease of implementation.
• Some voting methods are intended for single-winner elections, others for multi- winner elections. It is important that the intended use of a voting method match its actual application. Multi-winner voting methods can promote proportional representation which fosters diversity of our elected officials.
• Election officials should conduct post-election analysis to evaluate the voters’ usage of the voting method and the election’s reflection of voters’ stated preferences. There should be sufficient data transparency–for example, access to ballot records in anonymous form–for an independent analysis to be conducted by other interested groups.
Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.
How does the local League participate?
Interested in world affairs but feel you don’t know enough to discuss them intelligently? Join Great Decisions to hear and discuss impartial, thought-provoking analyses concerning U.S. foreign policy.
On Monday, February 13th the Chaffee County, Colorado Commissioners Dave Potts, Keith Baker, and Greg Felt spoke about current and future issues facing our county. They also answered questions from the audience. The public was invited. The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County invites you to view the video below.
On November 14, 2016 the League of Women Voters of Chaffee County hosted a Community Event. The public was invited to discuss housing concerns in Chaffee County. The Guest Speaker was Marjo Curgus. It was held at the United Methodist Church in Salida, CO. Below is the video of the presentation.
CO Senator Kerry Donovan and CO HD 60 Representative Jim Wilson were featured speakers at the annual picnic, Aug. 17, Casa Del Rio Club House, Buena Vista. Meet the Mayors and County Commissioners are also planned for this year.
Throughout the United States, as well as in Chaffee County, the League of Women Voters has earned a reputation for running fair and impartial forums. We do not favor one political party over the other and we strive to have both pro and con speakers for issues. We ask participants to abide by strict forum rules and we train moderators to conduct the forums appropriately.
ABOUT LEAGUE FORUMS IN CHAFFEE COUNTY
The League usually holds forums for both spring and fall elections. There are two types:
Candidate Forums are held only if there is more than one candidate for an elected position.
Issue Forums are held when there are one or more ballot measures to be voted on.
When necessary, the League holds forums in both Buena Vista and Salida,
as we did in the fall 2013 elections.
Interested in world affairs but feel you don’t know enough to discuss them intelligently? Join Great Decisions to hear and discuss impartial, thought-provoking analyses of eight issues concerning U.S. foreign policy.
This foreign policy discussion program is sponsored jointly by Buena Vista Public Library and Chaffee County League of Women Voters. The discussions are based on a briefing book and a DVD published by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA). The Great Decisions website offers additional resources. A copy of the briefing book is on reserve and available for reading a the library.
Discussions are open to all who are interested.
The group meets twice monthly, on second and fourth Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., January through May 2016, for eight sessions. See topics and schedule below. You do not need to attend every session. The location alternates between Buena Vista Public Library at 131 Linderman Ave. and
Congregational United Church of Christ (CUCC) at 217 Crossman Ave.