January 28th Chapter Meeting!
Photo by Richard Connell (Thank you!)
We had a great Delaware ADA Chapter Meeting this last week! We had a presentation on Instant Run-off Voting (more info below), talked about a June Delaware ADA Lobby Day in Dover, and kept conversations going awhile after the meeting finished!
We had 20 people come from all across the state, with a collection of new and old faces. Thank you all for coming!
The next Delaware ADA Meeting is our Action Planning Committee on February 25th, at 7pm at the Newark Free Library. We are going to strategize how to continue propelling our work on Anonymous Companies and ramp up our Livable Wage Campaign.
The next Chapter meeting is March 25th, at 7pm at the Newark Free Library. Next meeting is Bring a Friend day! So if you know someone who hasn’t come to a Delaware ADA Meeting, bring them along and let them see if this is the group for them!
Presentation on Instant Run-off Voting
Delaware ADA invited Dave McCorquodale, Chair of the Green Party of Delaware, to come speak to our Chapter about Instant Run-off Voting (IRV), which is a way of voting that “allow voters to rank candidates in order of preference, and then uses those rankings to elect candidates able to combine strong first choice support with the ability to earn second and third choice support” according to Fairvote.
The basic premise of IRV is allow voters a chance to share their opinions of multiple candidates, without only having to give their opinion of one (e.g. which gives people the opportunity to give their opinion on candidates outside the 2 dominant political parties).
Here’s an IRV Flowchart of the process of IRV.
Image from Fairvote
Dave McCorquodale also described other voting systems such as approval voting.
After the meeting Dave McCorquodale mentioned that “Richard Winger, who publishes a newsletter and a website called Ballot Access News
, is of the opinion, that Instant Run-off Voting (IRV) is fine. He said in actuality the theoretical tendency for centrist candidates to be hurt by IRV hasn’t come to fruition.”
“IRV has been used extensively and has been studied and recommended by eight state League of Women Voters organizations. Meanwhile, Approval Voting or a refinement of it termed Score Voting have not really been put into any extensive use. While I indicated my preference for the latter types of voting at the meeting, if it is true that IRV is fair to all candidates, then the idea that elections would always be decided by a majority is very appealing to me.”
Dave McCorquodal said if anyone is interested in pursuing this issue, he could help setup a presentation from Fairvote
to come talk more in-depth about IRV and how it could be piloted in Delaware (e.g. in the nonpartisan elections in the City of Newark).