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Help Break the Two-Party Strangle-Hold on Our Democracy. First MA, then USA.
Hi Caring CouchSurfers,
We have an opportunity this fall in Massachusetts to shake up our two-party dominated election system, and help open it to new ideas, dialogue, and smaller political parties more in line with the beliefs of some voters. This is huge.
We (VoterChoiceMA, League of Women Voters, MassVote, etc.) are collecting 100,000 signatures by November 18 to put a citizen referendum question on the 2010 ballot, which would change the way we elect state officials to Ranked Choice Voting, also known as Instant Runoff Voting. Here's a description:
"Ranked Choice Voting, which is also known as Instant Runoff Voting, would let voters rank candidates in order of preference (first, second, third, etc.) instead of being restricted to choosing only one candidate. If a voter's first choice is eliminated, their vote is automatically reassigned to their second choice, ensuring that no voter is "throwing their vote away" by voting for the candidate that represents their views, regardless of that candidate's chance of winning." -Excerpted from http://www.voterchoicema.org/proposal/. This system already works for elections in San Francisco, Cambridge MA, Ireland (federal), Australia (federal), and more.
This system that we citizens can turn into law,is more democratic, and will ensure that people won't waste their vote by voting their conscience. Remember the 2000 election and the Ralph Nader issue? Green Party supporters voted for Ralph Nader, winning 4% of the popular vote, taking away that 4% from Gore, whom Nader supporters surely would have voted for had Nader not been in the race. The result? George Bush wins, even though the majority of America wanted either Nader or Gore, definitely not Bush.
We need your help. To get 100,000 signatures by this Nov 18, we need people willing to sign the petition, encourage friends and family to sign the petition, and if interested, come hit the streets with us in Boston or any town in MA to get our neighbors' signatures. Take the pledge at http://www.voterchoicema.org/pledge/ to get just 20 signatures! If 5,000 people take the pledge and get 20 signatures, we've made it.
Contact me at email@example.com or 617.759.0101 with any questions and to get involved. Tell a friend. We're especially looking for contacts on college campuses. We can do this and let MA be an example for the whole country!
For a truly democratic election system,
P.S. Here's a cartoon YouTube video that explains Ranked Choice Voting simply and clearly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqblOq8BmgM