About Us

Better Voting for a Better World. Equal Vote is a grassroots powered organization driven by our mission and the passion of our volunteer base. The driving force behind the STAR Voting movement and a leading proponent of better voting methods in general, The Equal Vote Coalition is a registered 501c3 non-profit. Since our genesis in 2014 the The Equal Vote Coalition has grown and evolved significantly. Learn more about our coalition partners and projects and apply to join the coalition here

 

Mission Statement

"The Equal Vote Coalition's mission is to promote true equality in the vote. The Equal Vote Coalition mandate is top-notch research, community education, and coalition building.

Our five core criteria for electoral reform are: Equality, Honesty, Accuracy, Expressiveness, and Simplicity. These criteria form the basis by which we evaluate and advance proposals for better voting."

 

Meet the Team:


 

Mark Frohnmayer

Co-inventor of STAR Voting
Founder and Board Director at Equal Vote
Board Director at STAR Voting Action
Chief Petitioner at STAR Voting for Eugene
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Mark graduated from UC Berkeley in 1996 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. After 11 years in the gaming industry and the sale of his first startup, Mark turned his entrepreneurial energy towards sustainable transportation and election science, founding electric vehicle company, Arcimoto, in 2007, and the Equal Vote Coalition in 2014.

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Sara Wolk

Equal Vote Executive Director, Secretary at Equal Vote and STAR Voting Action
Project Coordinator at STAR Voting Action
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Sara Wolk is the Executive Director of the Equal Vote Coalition and has been a leader on the STAR Voting project since the beginning. ​Sara was a Chief Petitioner for the first ballot initiative for STAR Voting, in Multnomah County, OR, and in late 2018 she moved to Eugene, OR to work on STAR Voting full time. With a background in sustainability and design, and a passion for music and community organizing, she is dedicated to building the kind of coalition that can heal democracy. Systemic problems require design based solutions.

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Annie Kallen
President at Equal Vote and Board Director at STAR Voting Action
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Annie is chair of the Equal Vote Coalition and has been advocating for STAR voting and other better voting methods since 2018. She lives in Portland, Oregon and volunteers for a variety of causes, particularly those having to do with advocacy and support for immigrants and refugees, youth in communities with need, and election reform. Her passion is in helping people in underserved regions acquire more of a voice in policies, more access to public resources, and more opportunities to build community. She received an English degree from Portland State University in 2001, and has worked for a renewable energy company for the last 15 years. In her free time she sews, hikes, does 3D design and other art, and enjoys learning new things.

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James "Jas" Davis
President at STAR Voting Action and Board Director at Equal Vote
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Jas graduated with a masters in political management. He is the current president of STAR Voting Action. He is also the owner of Awakenings Wellness Center in Portland, Oregon and a past chair for Oregon Public Bank Alliance. Jas has been an activist and community organizer for decades. He is a devoted father who enjoys hiking and camping in his spare time.

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Brian Skinner
Vice President at Equal Vote and STAR Voting Action
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Brian Skinner is the Vice President of the Equal Vote and Star Voting Action nonprofits. He was an integral part in guiding the organization through the foundation process and has been a campaign volunteer since the first campaign initiative in Lane county. He served as the campaign treasurer for the city of Eugene and Lane county campaigns. Coming from a background in geospatial and social sciences, Brian has extensive experience in nonprofit development. He is a co-founder and the President of Atlas Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to mapping neighborhood sustainability and urban farming and also assisted in the foundation process of The Mambira Foundation, a nonprofit celebrating the cultural heritage and technological innovation of Africa.

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James Barber

Treasurer at Equal Vote and STAR Voting Action
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Keith Edmonds

Board Director at Equal Vote
Director of Canadian Electoral Research
Co-Chair, 0-5 Star Proportional Research Committee
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Keith Edmonds is a Data Scientist by profession and a Physicist by training. He is the Director of Canadian Electoral Research for the Equal Vote Coalition. He invented Vote Unitarity and subsequently derived Sequentially Spent Score from its principle. He also derived Single distributed vote as a more natural extension of Sequential proportional approval voting to Score voting ballots than Reweighted Range Voting. He invented STLR voting as a Utilitarian alternative to STAR voting for single winner elections.

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Jameson Quinn

Board Director at Equal Vote
PhD in Statistics from Harvard
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Dr. Jameson Quinn has been involved in voting reform for over 20 years, and it was the inspiration for him to get his PhD in statistics from Harvard. He helped design the voting method used for nominations for the Hugo Awards, and wrote a paper with Bruce Schneier about the theory and impact of this method. With Mira Bernstein, he co-organized the 2018 British Columbia Symposium on Proportional Representation. He lives in Cambridge, MA.

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Ruben Montejano
Board Director at Equal Vote
Outreach Coordinator for STAR Voting California
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Sass
Board Director at Equal Vote
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Sass began his deep dive into voting method reform in 2020 and quickly discovered a passion for it. They have a relentless passion for voter empowerment and attribute much of their growth in the voting method reform space to the welcoming and inclusive culture nurtured at Equal Vote. Sass is eager to dabble in new and diverse escapades, with experience ranging from music writing, to political activism, to martial arts. If you ever find yourself in the Austin, TX area, be sure to ask Sass to go sing some karaoke with you!

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Mont Chris Hubbard
Board Director at STAR Voting Action
Chair at STAR Voting Oregon
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Like many, Mont Chris has felt forced to vote "lesser evil" many times, and would prefer that never happen again. Mont Chris is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Musicians Union Local 99 and helped get his union to adopt STAR Voting. When he's not talking about voting methods and unionism to city commissioners, state legislators, or cornered family members at Thanksgiving, Mont Chris enjoys playing music and board games.

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Mike Franze
Board Director at STAR Voting Action
Chair of STAR Voting California
Chair of the STAR Elections Software Development Team
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Mike has been involved in the voting reform community since 2017 with his primary goal of ending extreme political polarization. He joined the Equal Vote Coalition as a volunteer in 2020 and has helped start the STAR Voting California chapter and various STAR Voting software development projects. Mike graduated from Georgia Tech in 2015 with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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Sage Kemmerlin

Operations Coordinator at Equal Vote
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Sage joined the Equal Vote Coalition following grassroots work in diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in earth science. She is passionate about making real systemic changes. Sage also enjoys creating art, hiking, rock climbing, and gardening.

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Bobby Benavidez

Outreach Coordinator at Equal Vote
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Based in Portland OR, Bobby is a strong advocate for effective, foundational change for a better democracy. With a strong background in project management, he is committed to implementing STAR nationally. He is passionate about biking, rock climbing, science fiction, and D&D.

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Jane Henderson

Fundraising Coordinator at Equal Vote
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Jane is an Arkansas native passionate about advocating for equality. She has a history in non-profit fundraising, and now she is excited to use her skills to help Equal Vote grow. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, sewing, and perfecting her vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe.

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Steen Munter

Software Developer at star.vote and STAR Elections
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Coalition

Core:


 

The Equal Vote Coalition 501-c3

"The Equal Vote Coalition's mission is to promote true equality in the vote. The Equal Vote Coalition mandate is top-notch research, community education, and coalition building.

Our five core criteria for electoral reform are: Equality, Honesty, Accuracy, Expressiveness, and Simplicity. These criteria form the basis by which we evaluate and advance proposals for reform."


 

STAR Voting Action 501c4

STAR Voting Action serves as an umbrella organization for all STAR Voting campaigns, better allowing us to fundraise in advance, and to share resources between campaigns. The 501c4 allows donors to support the project as a whole, and then allows us to direct those funds to the campaign which needs the funding most, when they need it most.


 

STAR Elections

STAR Elections was launched in order to meet the demand to help host STAR Voting elections. While hosting your own elections with STAR will always remain free, we also offer election consulting and officiation. All proceeds from STAR Elections go to the STAR Voting Action 501c4 non-profit fund.


 

Learn more about our coalition here