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Districting Is Not the Universal Solution for Electoral Justice

The California Voter Rights Act is leading towards interest groups and trial lawyers suing local governments around the state to force them to elect members by districts. Many of the opponents who are against this because it only makes the district members care about their part of the city or school district than the good of the whole.

I think the main reason why they are wanting districts instead of an at large system is that progressives are having a hard time running locally and they want to stack the local government as how they have dominated state and federal elections in our state.

It should not matter what ethnicity, gender or even sexuality our candidates have. The main focus is the ideas our candidates carry through this upcoming election. As a challenger in the upcoming election the cost of a ballot statement is over five thousand dollars in my race. Although I would like the ability to purchase a cheaper ballot statement I would not want to sacrifice the function of the board either.

Improving California Ballot Access

I think we should be allowed to have a write in choice in the general election, denying voter choice is a bad thing. We would have a two tier write in system, if you want to write in your way to the top 2, you would not be required to pay a filing fee yet get your nomination signatures. If you did not run in the top 2 primary you could get in the general election as a write in candidate by paying the full filing fee and you would be required to get double the nomination signatures.

This would be a compromise that would help preserve voter choice and give voters an opportunity to veto the top two choices.

National Popular Vote Is a BAD Idea

Article is revised due to an original misinterpretation of the proposal.

Unlike former State Senator Ray Haynes who is a proponent of National Popular Vote, I disagree with the idea of this ‘reform’. I think there are other sensible ideas that would help encourage presidential candidates to visit particular areas in California for popular support such as having each congressional district award electoral votes and the overall winner of the state get the other two electoral votes.

At least by doing this by congressional votes, people will campaign in those areas helping to bring money in the California economy and Republicans will still be able to get some influence in the electoral college where they have not won California since the Dodgers won the World Series in 1988.

The reason why we have the electoral college is to make sure small states, big states and medium states have equal power in their vote.

However with the National Popular Vote, the states in the compact send their electoral votes to the candidate who receives the majority vote in the nation as long as a combination of states that have the majority in the electoral college. The popularity of the idea depends on what type of states enter this compact.

Although as a former paid member of Californians for Electoral Reform, I do hear stories about how NPV is good for California and our nation, but I think we should just utilize the existing Electoral College and do it like how Maine and Nebraska and provide our electoral votes by congressional district.

Even though California likes President Obama no matter what he does to our nation, what happens if the rest of the nation in the NPV compact wants to vote for the Republican, then we are going to get a lot of unhappy people. This is why I am proposing my alternative suggestion.

Elections in Riverside and San Bernardino County that would of benefited with RCV.

For your information I am providing a list of elections that would have been unnecessary if we only had RCV passed in Riverside and San Bernardino County.

Recent Elections that would of benefited with ranked choice voting in San Bernardino County.

2010 – San Bernardino County board of supervisors District 2 race
2006 – San Bernardino County Assessors race.
2006 – City of San Bernardino Mayor runoff

Elections in Riverside County that would of benefited with ranked choice voting.

2010 – Riverside County Auditor-Controller
2007 – Riverside City Council Wards 1,3,5,7

San Bernardino County Election Reform

San Bernardino County and cities such as San Bernardino elect their officials with a primary and a run-off election. In the age of declining budgets, we should do something that Oakland, San Francisco and the Academy of Motion Picture art and Sciences do and use ranked choice voting for city and county officials.

Ranked choice voting would be the best reform our county could have because we will save valuable taxpayer money in having to hold an extra election because the candidates in a given contest were not able to attain 50%+1, time will be saved in having to host a second election that will have even worse voter turnout than the first, candidates will not have to worry about spending extra money if they are forced to campaign in a runoff election. However the only major opposition will be political consultants where many of them will raise hell about this suggestion because each new election is their pay day, but we should not have to subsidize the careers of political consultants and they should just run their local and county campaigns like it was the general election instead.

The best thing about ranked choice voting is that the candidate who wins ends up becoming elected by majority vote no matter if three, seven or twenty-one candidates are on the ballot for a particular contest.

You can see an interactive explanation of IRV by visiting Chris Gate’s website.

If you own an iphone, ipad or ipod touch you are invited to download an application to help explain ranked choice voting in how it is used in three Alameda County cities.  Or you can visit the San Francisco website to see a visual demonstration and get further information.

 

Continue reading San Bernardino County Election Reform

IRV Advocacy in San Bernardino County

San Bernardino County has a fiscal crisis and I wanted to help out in saving our local government money. With a 50 million dollar budget deficit we have to use our money efficiently to erase the deficit. If I could help save a hundred thousand or more then that would make a difference.

I decided to ask a question about how the ROV pays for runoff elections, I know it will probably take a week or two after the May 19th election to answer for my question since they will be busy counting ballots.

How much money does it cost to do a runoff election for a municipality such as San Bernardino with the February 06 mayor runoff?

Does it cost the county extra money to do runoff elections for supervisor or judge if the contest does not provide a 50%+1 winner in the primary election, when the election is held as part of a consolidated general election.

These answers will help with the argument to get San Bernardino County local officials and legislators to support election reform in the state of California.

San Bernardino County needs IRV

For the election of the Superior Court we have to endure a very costly runoff election because no one won 50% plus one in the June election. For Office Number 4 in San Bernardino County two devoted Deputy District Attorneys have to run against each other wasting time and valuable money again.

During the previous election 3 candidates ran for the juridical race leaving it impossible to get the 50% needed. However if the voters of the second and third place candidates were able to choose their second choice vote then we would be able to conduct a runoff vote in the first election.

As mentioned in my recent October letter to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin implementing IRV in San Bernardino County would be a very integral reform for county politics. Aside from not having to spend extra money conducting runoff elections, candidates and their supporters would not likely conduct negative campaigns because they would not want to alienate potential second choice voters.

San Bernardino county already utilizes a vendor that is able to handle Instant Runoff elections. San Bernardino county is able to utilize IRV because they are not governed by general law, but they utilize a county charter. For the 2008 election our county supervisors should place an IRV measure on the next ballot.

Politicians should spend the bulk of their time doing their job instead of having to have an extended campaign season.

Choice Voting in the Inland Valley

I invested my money in this website to use it as my platform to articulate my views and feelings about the issues that interest me.

Aside from blogging and podcasting, teaching the Inland Valley of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties about IRV and Proportional Representation will be a challenge.

There have been rumors that the CRP passed a resolution against Instant Runoff Voting and or Proportional Representation. And the group I am affiliated with Californians for Electoral Reform wanted me to investigate. I saw nothing on the search engines, and I had to use my contacts within Log Cabin to get some answers.

Heck, IRV probably would of helped the conservatives in San Diego elect one of their own to be the nominee in Congressional District 50 instead of former Congressman Billbray.

I guess I’ll need to start off with the Libertarian Party and the Democratic Party first. Then reestablish my Republican credentials in San Bernardino County.