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Join the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center for our monthly podcast, where we cover ranked choice voting election administration topics ranging from drafting legislation to election certification. We'll have brief interviews with team members of the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center, election administrators who have run RCV elections, and more, to tell us about the resources available through the RCVRC and best practices learned from running RCV elections.
 
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As legislative sessions start up across the country we're reposting our January 2019 episode all about drafting RCV legislation. Listen in for pointers on how to write clear and concise RCV bills!Original episode description: Dave O'Brien, Staff Attorney at FairVote, joins Chris Hughes to talk about drafting effective ranked choice voting legislati…
 
Massachusetts voters had the opportunity to adopt ranked-choice voting statewide on November 3, 2020. In this three-part series, the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center dives into how the campaign came together, what it took to get on the ballot, what the campaign did to reach prospective voters, and how the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to derail …
 
Massachusetts voters have the opportunity to adopt ranked-choice voting statewide on November 3. In this three-part series, the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center dives into how the campaign came together, what it took to get on the ballot, what the campaign did to reach prospective voters, and how the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to derail it al…
 
Jennifer Morrell walks us through risk-limiting audits of ranked-choice voting contests in San Francisco, Alaska, Kansas, and Wyoming. We suggest listeners check out our first audits episode from October 2018 before listening to this episode. Available at this link: https://soundcloud.com/rcvrc/securing-ranked-choice-voting-electionsResources:Githu…
 
There's been a lot of talk lately about how the 2020 election will look in the midst of COVID-19. While moving to an all mail election seems like a viable answer, there are a lot of factors that will affect how Americans cast their ballots in November. Amber McReynolds, CEO of National Vote at Home and former Director of Elections for the City of D…
 
Rosemary Blizzard and Chris Hughes discuss the first-ever use of ranked-choice voting to remedy a Voting Rights Act complaint in Eastpointe, Michigan this year.Resources mentioned in this episode: Universal RCV Tabulator: https://www.rankedchoicevoting.org/universal_rcv_tabulatorGingles v. Thornburg, 478 U.S. 30 (1985): https://www.oyez.org/cases/1…
 
The RCVRC introduced the Universal RCV Tabulator in a webinar earlier this month. In this episode of RCV Clips, hear a segment from that webinar to learn more about how the Tabulator works and how to use it.To watch the whole webinar, follow this link: https://www.rankedchoicevoting.org/universal_rcv_tabulator_webinarTo download the Tabulator softw…
 
Chris Hughes and Rosemary Blizzard talk about the RCVRC's work so far this year and everything we're looking forward to this fall. Resources mentioned in this episode: Universal RCV Tabulator: https://www.rankedchoicevoting.org/universal_rcv_tabulator2019 Symposium: https://www.rankedchoicevoting.org/2019_symposiumTranscript for this episode: https…
 
David Triplett, Interim Election Director for Ramsey County, Minnesota, joins Chris Hughes to discuss how St. Paul, MN hand counts their ranked choice voting elections.For more information on RCV in Ramsey County, head to this site: https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/elections-voting/voters/ranked-voting.Transcript for this episode: https://driv…
 
Tom Peake, District 3 City Councilor for Easthampton, Massachusetts, joins to discuss the movement for RCV in Easthampton.Resources discussed in this episode:"Easthampton, Mass., Makes Push For Ranked-Choice Voting": https://www.nepr.net/post/easthampton-mass-makes-push-ranked-choice-voting#stream/0Voter Choice Massachusetts: https://www.voterchoic…
 
On April 29 and 30th, the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center held our second annual RCV Symposium. In this episode of RCV Clips, listen to Minneapolis City Council Member Linea Palmisano's presentation during Session 2: See How They Run: Campaigning as an RCV Candidate. After that, check out the rest of the sessions on our website (linked to belo…
 
Hear directly from two Maine voters as they tell Rosemary Blizzard what it was like to vote in their state's historic RCV elections last year. Resources mentioned in this episode: Usability Study: www.rankedchoicevoting.org/usabilityMaine's RCV Ballots: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cwKxadtweuIY1C1F7iM_fB9Zybwtlgj8Maine's voter education materi…
 
Berkeley, Oakland, and San Leandro, all located in Alameda County, CA, began using RCV in 2010. In this episode, Dave MacDonald, former Alameda County Registrar of Voters and Chief Information Officer, walks Karen Brinson Bell through how Alameda County got RCV up and running in each of those cities. Alameda County RCV Resources are available at th…
 
Ranked choice voting legislation, like all pieces of legislation, goes through committee hearings where policymakers hear testimony from experts, activists, and members of the public. In this episode, George Gilbert, Karen Brinson Bell, and Chris Hughes discuss what it's like to testify about ranked choice voting in front of those committees.Karen …
 
Dave O'Brien, Staff Attorney at FairVote, joins Chris Hughes to talk about drafting effective ranked choice voting legislation. Link to resource mentioned in this episode:Colorado's RCV Regulations: https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/rule_making/CurrentRules/8CCR1505-1/Rule26.pdfEpisode Transcript: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Le5FZs4eNUu6MreEI8…
 
Steven John Mulroy, University of Memphis law professor and ranked choice voting activist in Memphis, takes Chris Hughes through the last 10 years of trials and tribulations for RCV in Memphis.Commercial Appeal story on RCV in Memphis: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2018/11/07/instant-runoff-voting-memphis-shelby-county-midterm-electio…
 
Isaac Cramer, Absentee Coordinator for the Charleston County Board of Elections, talks with Karen Brinson Bell about how Charleston County uses RCV ballots to enfranchise their military and overseas voters. 2006 South Carolina RCV Ballot: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3K2g6lIQMWseU9STGdsT1lsLWsSouth Carolina RCV for UOCAVA Law: https://drive.g…
 
Karen Brinson Bell, George Gilbert, and Chris Hughes talk about how to secure RCV elections using post-election audits. Resources mentioned in this episode include: RCVRC Audits Webinar: https://www.rankedchoicevoting.org/auditing_ranked_choice_votingChris's Audits White Paper: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VSgf4O3AavBHuNT-K9diWIN_99rUvyC_/viewN…
 
Casey Carl, City Clerk of Minneapolis, tells us about ranked choice voting in his city: how ballots get counted, how voters learn about their elections, and what Minneapolis is doing next with RCV. To see materials from Minneapolis's elections, check out their website at http://vote.minneapolismn.gov/.Episode Transcript: https://drive.google.com/op…
 
In this episode of RCV Clips, Karen Brinson Bell and Connie Schmidt get back to basics: covering why RCV is used, where it’s used, how voters mark their ballots, how voters learn about RCV, and how RCV gets counted. Visuals always help, so here’s some example ballots, example voter education, and illustrations of how single-winner RCV gets counted.…
 
Kathy Montejo, City Clerk of Lewiston, Maine, sits down with Karen Brinson Bell to discuss the ins and outs of how local election administrators prepared for Maine's statewide RCV election in June. Resources mentioned in this episode include:Lewiston's Video on How to Mark a Ballot Using RCV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HPD37tMbgULewiston How …
 
Chris Hughes and Morgan Chance talk about how ranked choice voting was used in the early 20th century, and what that can tell us about ranked choice voting today. Resources discussed in the episode: Jack Santucci's Blog on IBM RCV Voting Machines: https://fruitsandvotes.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/early-stv-voting-equipment/RCVRC History of RCV Webina…
 
Whitney Quesenbery, of the Center for Civic Design, talks to us about CCD's work on ranked choice voting usability: designing RCV election materials for the everyday voter.RCV Usability Reports and Materials: www.rankedchoicevoting.org/usabilitySymposium Recordings: www.rankedchoicevoting.org/SymposiumCenter for Civic Design: https://civicdesign.or…
 
Karen Brinson Bell and State Representative Marc Roberts of Utah discuss the ranked choice voting pilot project bill that passed there in March. Resources discussed in this episode: FairVote's coverage of the Utah Bill: http://www.fairvote.org/empowering_utah_cities_to_fight_spoilers_with_ranked_choice_votingHB0035 Bill Text: https://le.utah.gov/~2…
 
Join Karen Brinson Bell in a conversation with Maria Perez, of FairVote New Mexico, about voter education efforts for Santa Fe's inaugural RCV election, held March 6th.City of Santa Fe's Ranked Choice Voting Website: http://votedifferentsantafe.com/City of Santa Fe's March 6th Election Website: https://www.santafenm.gov/election_-_march_6_2018_regu…
 
On this episode of RCV Clips, we cover the basics of multi-winner ranked choice voting with excerpts from our recent webinar. To watch the full webinar, go to https://youtu.be/D9PWS3iLneM.Additional resources on multi-winner RCV are available at these links: On Cambridge's 70 year history of RCV: https://fairvote.app.box.com/v/fair-rep-cambridge-ef…
 
On this episode of RCV Clips, Chris Hughes and George Gilbert talk about the Universal RCV Tabulator. The Universal RCV Tabulator is software that can tabulate ranked choice voting elections. The software is in its prototype stage now. As its development continues, it will be able to take voting data from any major voting system used in elections t…
 
On the inaugural episode of RCV Clips, Morgan Chance and Karen Brinson Bell talk about the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center's "Model RCV Implementation Plan." The Model Plan is a broad map of the start-to-finish process of ranked choice voting -- from the introduction of legislation to approve this voting method to the certification of election…
 
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