October Free Presentation: Ranked Choice Voting

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What: Film and Speaker, Ben Schattenburg of Voter Choice Massachusetts, about Ranked Choice Voting
When: Monday, October 16th, 7-9pm.
Where: Sherrill Hall, St. Paul’s Church (rear side entrance) 39 E. Central St., Natick, MA (see map below)
What Else: Ample parking. Light refreshments. Handicap access.

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Occupy Natick presents a speaker from Voter Choice Massachusetts, Ben Schattenburg, who will offer a presentation on Ranked Choice Voting on Monday, October 16th from 7-9pm. Held at Sherrill Hall, (rear, side entrance of St. Paul’s Church) at 39 E. Central Street in Natick.  The event is part of an ongoing free monthly film and discussion series hosted by local members of Occupy Natick.

Ben Schattenburg, serves as Live Outreach Lead for the Greater Worcester chapter of Voter Choice Massachusetts. An experienced political canvasser and phone fundraiser, Ben worked as a field organizer for the “Yes on 5” campaign in Maine, helping Maine become the first state in US history to enact Ranked Choice Voting statewide. Ben has also organized ballot access drives for candidates and referendums across New England, and specialized in messaging and logistics for the signature-gathering phase. Ben is a native of Wayland, MA.

Will Your Vote Count? Or will you be forced to accept the better of two evils?

Last November, Maine became the first state in US history to pass a voting system that might transform politics in America. It’s called Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), and a community of volunteers in Massachusetts wants to bring it here. Our speaker, will teach us about Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), and lead us through some experiential exercises that will help us understand how this innovative approach works.

What is Ranked Choice Voting? No More Vote Splitting!

Instead of picking just one candidate, a voter may choose multiple candidates, ranking them in the order of preference — 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and so on — all on a single ballot. Under our current “pick-one-and-pray” voting system, a candidate with majority support can lose to a less popular candidate merely because a third, similar candidate is in the race.

With Ranked Choice Voting, vote splitters become vote “joiners”, since voters are encouraged to compare all candidates in order to rank them, and election spoilers become election “fresheners”, since more candidates means more perspectives and richer debate.

More choices allow you to vote honestly for any candidate, while still allowing you to vote for a “backup” choice. In RCV you’re not pressured to vote for a “lesser of two evils” front-runner. And it allows cities and towns to combine the preliminary and the final election into a single “instant runoff” election. This boosts voter turnout and saves cities and towns money.

Come join us as we all learn about the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting on our electoral system.

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