Draft Survey Letter to State Level Candidates

Draft Survey Letter to State Level Candidates

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Subject: Request for Your Position on Proposed Legislation

Good Afternoon, (Salutation, Last Name)

Congratulations on your nomination for the office of (title of position).

As a public service, I am working in conjunction with Election Reform advocate Larry R. Bradley and The Center Strikes Back to conduct a survey. I am sending this survey to all the candidates seeking office in (Name of State) State Government I am eligible to vote for. I am conducting the survey because the topics are of extreme personal interest to me. This survey requests your position on three Election Reform proposals. I have two intentions for the results. The first is to share them with other voters I know personally who will also be considering whether to vote for you or not. The second is to forward the results to Mr. Bradley. He will compile and publish the results of the survey to the news media for the benefit of our State’s voters. Your response will influence whether or not I vote for you.

Please respond to the following three proposals by telling me whether you would, in principle, favor or oppose each of them and why you responded as you did. The three proposals are summarized below. An explanation for each is attached. Please direct any questions you may have to me as shown below.

The urgent need for these proposals has been revealed by the 2016 Election Cycle. That cycle has exposed the inability of our current election processes to always yield majority, rather than plurality winners. Two national publications have noted this flaw. The State of Maine, in fact, will have a proposed solution on the ballot this November. http://time.com/4352797/ranked-choice-voting-maine-donald-trump/ Further, this article from The Atlantic notes the problems created for voters when candidates are being allowed to gain nominations based on “ . . . a mere plurality of a mere fraction of the electorate.” http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/07/how-american-politics-went-insane/485570/ In turn, this forces voters to choose between the lesser of two evils. These three proposals will correct these flaws. Accordingly, do you favor or oppose the following—

Proposal No. One: Eliminate the Spoiler Scenario and affordably and efficiently mandate majority winners in elections by replacing the winner-take-all or First-Past-The-Post ballot with the ballot for Instant Runoff and Ranked Choice Voting.

Proposal No. Two: Provide an incentive to vote for all voters to vote in Presidential elections. Take away the ability of a Presidential candidate to be awarded Electors based on only a plurality of the vote. Instead, use Ranked Choice Voting to determine the top two vote getters in our state. Then allocate the State’s Electors based on the percentage of the vote the top two candidates received. Pre-determined rounding rules would be applied to make the process fair.

Proposal No. Three: Eradicate Gerrymandering and the contentious post census re-districting process. Implement Proportional Representation to the U.S. House of Representatives. Under this proposal, if the State were authorized 10 seats in the U.S. House and 60% of the voters in an election wanted to represented by Party A, then 6 of the seats would go to Party A. The remainder of the seats, depending on the election results would go to other Parties or possibly an Independent candidate. Rounding rules would again be required.

We appreciate your prompt response to these proposals. In order to include your response in our published report we would ask you respond no later than midnight Oct 7, 2016.

Thank you very much for your attention and good luck in your candidacy.


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