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FCCP 2018 Election Series Discussion: Rethinking Democracy Through Electoral Reform
March 5, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Our current elections require systemic reforms to increase voter participation, counter racial and partisan gerrymandering, overcome zero-sum polarization, and advance a reflective and representative democracy. Ranked choice voting (RCV) and Fair Representation reforms, including when used in multi-winner districts, address these challenges and can help build a culture of participation and broad engagement that uplifts the power of diverse and marginalized communities to make a difference on issues that impact their lives.
With RCV already implemented in dozens of cities, and new RCV and Fair Representation being pushed at more local and state levels, this session will explore the current landscape of these reforms, highlight benefits seen from them, and show how funders have promoted and can continue to promote these.
Moderated by: Larry Ottinger, Adviser, WhyNot Initiative; Chair, Ottinger Foundation
- George Cheung, Program Director, More Equitable Democracy
- Council Member Phillipe Cunningham, Council Member, 4th Ward, Minneapolis
- Anita Earls, Founder of Southern Coalition for Social Justice
- Jennifer Pae, Director, FairVote California