Although our votes are required to carry equal weight, they don't. It's time for real democracy. Join us!

The Relaxed Majority Criterion

The Majority Criterion states that "if one candidate is preferred by a majority (more than 50%) of voters, then that candidate must win." This criterion is used to dismiss Score and Approval voting, as running contrary to our basic notions of democracy. Further, this Majority Criterion failure is hypothesized to encourage factional bullet voting, because a majority offering any support at all to another candidate can contribute to the loss of the majority's preferred choice.

We suggest a relaxed version of the Majority Criterion that recognizes degree of impact on representative accuracy and strategic voting.

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Is this about the Electoral College?

The mission of Equal.Vote is embedded in our name. Even though our initial focus is on the mechanics of the vote itself, when folks keep asking us, "Is this about the Electoral College?", we have to say yes to that too.

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Proportional Score Runoff Voting (SRV-PR)

Proportional Score Runoff Voting, (SRV-PR) is a voting method that can elect multiple candidates in elections where more than one seat is available. Mark Frohnmayer, Seth Woolley, and Sara Wolf's late night musings -- based almost entirely on re-weighted range voting.

SRV-PR, like normal Score Runoff Voting, uses a score ballot, where the voter can assign a score to each candidate. We use 0-9 in this example.

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What the heck happened in Burlington?

Burlington's 2009 Mayoral Election is an instructive case for how Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) is prone to producing non-representative outcomes in races with three or more strong candidates. Because our current voting system works when there are only two strong candidates, IRV's failure, when even just one more competitive candidate is present, casts doubt on its viabiliy as a long-term replacement for plurality voting.

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Friend of the Court

Advocates for the rights of independent voters in New Jersey are taking a different approach to reform of the electoral process. Instead of working to change the law by petition or legislative action, they're suing the state in Federal Court for depriving voters not affiliated with a major party equal access to the voting franchise. Since we're sort of into that whole "equal voting" thing, we submitted an Amicus Curiae (literally "friend of the court") filing advocating the court adopt a simple test to determine whether the franchise provides all voters equal weight. You can read the full brief here or the summary of the argument below:

SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT

The Supreme Court of the United States has underscored the requirement of equality in our voting franchise, but little attention has been focused on the judicial tests for measuring that standard.  The present New Jersey closed primary system violates the equal vote weight standard and impermissibly underwrites an official state process that ratifies oligarchic control of voter selections.

Amicus argues for articulation of a judicial test that is consistent with underlying democratic theory and which will insure that voters are equal to each other in exercising the franchise that is part of their entitlement under the Constitution.

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Phase Two Complete

Dear friends and supporters,

This journey that began last October has passed its second significant milestone. This step gives us cause to pause and reflect on what we've learned and on the path forward to the nation's first equal vote. This is also a time to thank all those tireless souls calling for change: extolling friends and strangers alike to engage in the process, to rise above the sound bites and challenge us all to improve our democracy.

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The Equal Vote Campaign Begins!

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Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. What was an initiative is now the Equal Vote Campaign. As I was putting the finishing touches on the new web site landing page, I saw this super cool pendant worn by a coworker. Sort of looks like the Unified Primary logo in full bloom, which is a nice metaphor for the idea of equality in the vote.

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Unified Primary: The End of the Beginning

Dear friends,

In spite of the launch of an unprecedented seven mass mobilization campaigns in three weeks and the participation of hundreds of Oregonians from all corners of the state, Initiative Petition 54 has not garnered a sufficient number of signatures to qualify for a spot on the November, 2014 ballot.

Our most sincere and heartfelt thanks go out to all the volunteers who've added their voices and sweat to make the equal vote happen. We've received petitions from every corner of the state: from Lakeview to Astoria, from Bandon to Pendleton, and all points in between. Residents of 68 cities in Oregon, including even one brave soul from Moro (population: 317), heard the call and took the citizen initiative process into their own hands. You have our gratitude.

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Sign it!!

The Unified Primary signature drive is on! You can head on over to the SIGN IT!! page to download the individual signature form. We'll have the group form up within the next day or two. The journey of 87,213 signatures starts... NOW!

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Let this guy be your inspiration -- and he pulled it off without the benefit of laser printing technology. Head on over to SIGN IT!! and add your voice to the petition. Thank you!

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Campaign Launch - Help Us Repair Democracy!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UNIFIED PRIMARY INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES REFORM LAUNCH
Public Crowd Funding Campaign will Fundamentally Reform the Democratic Process
Contact: info@unifiedprimary.org

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