NYC Passes Voting Reform; St. Louis May Get Its Chance Soon

Posted by on November 07, 2019 at 6:09 PM

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On Tuesday, millions of Americans (your author included) went to the polls to exercise their constitutional right to vote (Thank you to everybody who voted!). Among these millions were 644,477 citizens of New York City who decided by a nearly 3-to-1 margin that the city should implement Ranked Choice Voting for regional primary races. We applaud FairVote  — the national leader of the RCV movement — and its local and national allies for their success in NYC and nearly two dozen other localities across the country.

Meanwhile, the Center for Election Science and its allies are hoping for a similar victory in St. Louis next August. They are pushing to collect 10,000 signatures for a ballot referendum on Approval Voting, with the goal of making St. Louis the second jurisdiction to adopt the reform (Fargo, ND was the first).

On a non-election note, Bridge Alliance members Common Ground Committee, Living Room Conversations, and BridgeUSA are partnering in a Common Ground webinar titled “Ten Ways to Heal the Divide (And Talk Politics) This Thanksgiving.” Attendees will learn about “tools for finding common ground on tough political issues,” which could certainly come in handy this holiday season. Sign up now for this free webinar, which will take place on Thursday, November 21st at 7 PM ET. 

Finally, Better Angels has launched a new podcast called The John Wood, Jr. Show (click for the first episode). It will highlight the evolution of the Depolarization Movement (i.e. the democracy movement), and will offer a unifying narrative about America. Most importantly, as John described it to me, “Whatever it is, it is real.”

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