Better Ballot Bulletin: October 15, 2021

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Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting, events to attend that help spread the word of IRV in SC, and information and news about other good governance policies.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Big News on the National Level. The Voter's Choice Act had been introduced. If passed it would allow up to 50% of the cost of implementation of IRV to be covered by federal grants

Have you been following the Columbia Mayoral race? There are four candidates and it may result in a costly runoff.

Want to learn how to talk to people about the upcoming election and runoffs? Join us for our pitch trainings on October 26 or October 28 (or both if you want extra practice!)

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Better Ballot Events

Canvassing at the Soda City Market: Columbia. Saturday October 16, 10am. RSVP Today.

Statewide Strategy Meeting: via Zoom. Mon Oct 25 at 7pm. RSVP Today. (Please note that in the previous bulletin, the date was listed for Tuesday. I apologize for this error)

Pitch Training Election Edition: via Zoom. Tues Oct 26, 9pm or Oct 28, 9:30pm

Election Day Canvassing: Nov 2. Details TBD. If you are interested in volunteering on election day, please click here to fill out a quick interest form.

Want to get involved? It's a great way to learn new skills or to hone current ones. Check out all the ways that you can contribute to this great movement. For some, you don't even have to leave the house!

 

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have a new and easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing. Remember to share it to your social media!

Did you know that there are Better Ballot SC Facebook groups for your county? Join yours today to help build the movement in your backyard

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians.

Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

Good Governance

2021 is the year that our districts will be drawn. This happens once every ten years. Our maps are drawn by our elected officials and have traditionally been gerrymandered.

Gerrymandering: manipulating the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class. The lines are redrawn this year.

The House is currently accepting map recommendations from the public. To submit yours, click here.

Thank you for your time,

Nicole Sanchez

President, BetterBallotSC
http://www.betterballotsc.org/

BetterBallotSC

 


Better Ballot Bulletin: October 1, 2021

BetterBallotSC

Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting, events to attend that help spread the word of IRV, and information and news about other good governance policies.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Ranked Choice Voting Solves Problems in Texas: Newsweek Opinion. (It'll solve them in SC too)

Multiple Election Cycles in Maine Highlight Voter's Successful Embrace of RCV/IRV: R Street

Ready to show off your team spirit and your support of the IRV movement? Check out our team merch

Better Ballot Events

Pitch Training: via Zoom. Tues Oct 4, 9pm. RSVP Today.

Canvassing at the Soda City Market: Columbia. Saturday October 16, 10am. RSVP Today.

Statewide Strategy Meeting: via Zoom. Tues Oct 26 at 7pm. RSVP Today.

 

Want to get involved? It's a great way to learn new skills or to hone current ones. Check out all the ways that you can contribute to this great movement. For some, you don't even have to leave the house!

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have a new and easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing. Remember to share it on your social media!

Did you know that there are Better Ballot SC Facebook groups for your county? Join yours today to help build the movement in your backyard

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians.

Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

Good Governance

Hearings are being held to discuss gerrymandering in our state.

Gerrymandering: manipulating the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class. The lines are redrawn this year.

Now is the time to go to one of these hearings and have your voices heard.

Click here to see where hearings are being held. There's still one hearing left: Oct 4, 2021

HOW TO TESTIFY

  • In-person and written testimony will be accepted at the public hearings

  • Written testimony may also be submitted in paper form at the meeting, by email to [email protected], or by mail to:

House Judiciary Committee (512 Blatt)

Attn: Redistricting

P.O. Box 11867

Columbia, SC 29211

  • Virtual testimony may be offered at the public hearing currently scheduled for October 4th. To sign up to give virtual testimony at that hearing, please email [email protected] to sign up. Emails must be received 24 hours prior to that hearing.

 

Thank you for your time,

Nicole Sanchez

President, BetterBallotSC
http://www.betterballotsc.org/

BetterBallotSC

 


Better Ballot Bulletin: September 15, 2021

BetterBallotSC

Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting, events to attend that help spread the word of IRV, and information and news about other good governance policies.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Utah considers IRV and more: Salt Lake Tribune

BBSC had a table at the Midlands Family Food Truck Festival and we asked participants to rank their sauce!

Ketchup Based BBQ Sauce won! To see the complete break down, click here.

Ready to show off your team spirit and your support of the IRV movement? Check out our team merch

Better Ballot Events

Canvassing at the Charleston Farmers Market: Charleston, Sat Sept 25. RSVP here.

Statewide Strategy Meeting: viz Zoom. Tues Sept 28 at 7pm. RSVP Today.

 

Want to get involved? It's a great way to learn new skills or to hone current ones. Check out all the ways that you can contribute to this great movement. For some, you don't even have to leave the house!

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have a new and easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing.

Did you know that there are Better Ballot SC Facebook groups for your county? Join yours today to help build the movement in your backyard

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians.

Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

Good Governance

Hearings are being held to discuss gerrymandering in our state.

Gerrymandering: manipulating the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class. The lines are redrawn this year.

Now is the time to go to one of these hearings and have your voices heard.

Click here to see where hearings are being held.

HOW TO TESTIFY

  • In-person and written testimony will be accepted at the public hearings

  • Written testimony may also be submitted in paper form at the meeting, by email to [email protected], or by mail to:

House Judiciary Committee (512 Blatt)

Attn: Redistricting

P.O. Box 11867

Columbia, SC 29211

  • Virtual testimony may be offered at the public hearing currently scheduled for October 4th. To sign up to give virtual testimony at that hearing, please email [email protected] to sign up. Emails must be received 24 hours prior to that hearing.


Better Ballot Bulletin: September 1, 2021

BetterBallotSC

Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting, events to attend that help spread the word of IRV, and information and news about other good governance policies.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Nashville One Step Closer to IRV: Memphis Flyer

Broomfield City Council Puts IRV of the Ballot: Colorado Newsline

We launched our shop! Check out some great instant runoff voting swag.

Better Ballot Events

Canvassing at the Soda City Market: Columbia, Sat Sept 4 at 10am. RSVP here.

Activities Team Meeting: via Zoom Aug 7 and Aug 21 at 7pm.

Canvassing at USC: Columbia, Thurs Sept 7 at 11am. RSVP here.

Canvassing at the Soda City Market: Columbia Sat Sept 11 at 10am. RSVP here.

Canvassing at the Charleston Farmers Market: Charleston, Sat Sept 25. RSVP here.

Statewide Strategy Meeting: viz Zoom. Tues Sept 28 at 7pm. RSVP Today.

Want to get involved? It's a great way to learn new skills or to hone current ones. Check out all the ways that you can contribute to this great movement. For some, you don't even have to leave the house!

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have a new and easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing.

Did you know that there are Better Ballot SC Facebook groups for your county? Join yours today to help build the movement in your backyard

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians.

Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

Thank you for your time,

Nicole Sanchez

President, BetterBallotSC
http://www.betterballotsc.org/

 

 


Better Ballot Bulletin: August 15, 2021

BetterBallotSC

Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting, events to attend that help spread the word of IRV, and information and news about other good governance policies.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

John Pudner of Take Back Our Republic urges other red states to learn from Utah in this Op Ed: The Salt Lake Tribune

Municipalities across the country are voting to put IRV on the ballot: Ann Arbor, MI and Westbrooke, ME were two of the most recent

 

Better Ballot Events

Activities Team Meeting: via Zoom Aug 17 at 7pm. Click for More Info.

Canvassing at the Charleston Flea Market: Aug 21 at 10am. Click for More Info.

Statewide Strategy Call: Aug 24 via Zoom at 7pm. Click for More Info.

Pitch Training: Aug 26 via Zoom at 8pm. Click for More Info.

Canvassing at the Soda City Market: Aug 28 at 10 am. Click for More Info.

Want to get involved? Check out all the ways that you can contribute to this great movement. For some, you don't even have to leave the house!

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have a new and easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing.

Did you know that there are Better Ballot SC Facebook groups for your county? Join yours today to help build the movement in your backyard

Always wanted a Better Ballot SC shirt? Maybe a button or two? Today's your lucky day. Check out our shop today.

Good Governance

Check out this annotated version of the For The People Act courtesy of the Brennan Center at NYU Law School. Among other great reforms that will strengthen democracy, it establishes instant runoff voting at the federal level.

Gerrymandering: manipulating the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class. The lines are redrawn this year.


Visit Grand Strand Action Together's Election Reform Committee to learn more about gerrymandering and get involved.

Grand Strand Action Together's Election Reform Committee is one of many organizations working towards improving governance in our state. If you know of other organizations and events, please share them with as at [email protected]

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians.

Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

Thank you for your time,

Nicole Sanchez

President, BetterBallotSC
http://www.betterballotsc.org/

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States


Better Ballot Bulletin: August 1, 2021

BetterBallotSC

Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting, events to attend that help spread the word of IRV, and information and news about other good governance policies.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Lawmakers Push to Bring IRV to DC: DCist

Instant Runoff Voting is Shown to Benefit Candidates and Voters of Color: FairVote

Better Ballot Events

Activities Team Meeting: via Zoom Aug 3 and Aug 17 at 7pm

Canvassing at Soda City Market: Aug 7, 10am. RSVP here.

Canvassing at Greer Farmer's Market: Aug 10, 4:30pm. RSVP here.

Canvassing at Soda City Market: Aug 14, 10am. RSVP here.

Want to get involved? Check out all the ways that you can contribute to this great movement. For some, you don't even have to leave the house!

Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!

We have a new and easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing.

Did you know that there are Better Ballot SC Facebook groups for your county? Join yours today to help build the movement in your backyard

Always wanted a Better Ballot SC shirt? Maybe a button or two? Today's your lucky day. Check out our shop today.

Good Governance

Good Governance Symposium Hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area: While the live events are over, you can view recordings of each event here.

Gerrymandering: manipulating the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class. The lines are redrawn this year.


Visit Fair Maps SC page to learn more about gerrymandering and get involved.

Fair Maps SC is one of many organizations workings towards improving governance in our state. If you know of other organizations and events, please share them with as at [email protected]

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians.

Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

Thank you for your time,

Nicole Sanchez

President, BetterBallotSC
http://www.betterballotsc.org/

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Better Ballot Bulletin: July 15, 2021

BetterBallotSC

Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting, events to attend that help spread the word of IRV, and information and news about other good governance policies.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Lansing Michigan City Council Unanimously Decides to Put IRV on the Ballot: WLNS News

Check out this Round by Round Breakdown of the NYC Democratic Primary that used IRV: rcvis.com

Better Ballot Events

Tuesday, July 27: Statewide Strategy Meeting. RSVP here.

Saturday July 24: Canvassing at the Joe Riley Waterfront Park, Charleston. RSVP here.

Saturday July 31: Canvassing at the Soda City Market, Columbia. RSVP here.

Want to get involved? Check out all the ways that you can contribute to this great movement. For some, you don't even have to leave the house!

We have a new and easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing.

Did you know that there are Better Ballot SC Facebook groups for your county? Join yours today to help build the movement in your backyard

Check out this new site: By the People. IRV is on it and you can endorse it today with a quick video.

Good Governance

Good Governance Symposium Hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area: While the live events are over, you can view recordings of each event here.

Gerrymandering: manipulating the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class. The lines are redrawn this year.


Visit Grand Strand Action Together's Election Reform Committee page to learn more about gerrymandering and get involved.

Grand Strand Action Together's Election Reform Committe is one of many organizations workings towards improving governance in our state. If you know of other organizations and events, please share them with as at [email protected]

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians.

Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

Thank you for your time,

Nicole Sanchez

President, BetterBallotSC
http://www.betterballotsc.org/

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States


Better Ballot Bulletin: July 1, 2021

BetterBallotSC

Nicole --

Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting, events to attend that help spread the word of IRV, and information and news about other good governance policies.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Poll Finds New Yorkers 'Overwhelmingly' Support Ranked Choice Voting: CBS New York. 83% of those polled found the process simple and 75% want to use it again.

Explainer: Ranked Choice Voting Gets Big Test in NYC: Associated Press.

Worried about how long NYC's results are taking? It's not because of IRV. Those results can easily be tabulated by computer. NYC has a long period in which absentee ballots can be returned.

Better Ballot Events

Saturday, July 3: Canvassing at the Soda City Market in Columbia. RSVP here.

Saturday, July 10: Canvassing at the Soda City Market in Columbia. RSVP here.

Wednesday, July 14: Pitch Training via Zoom. Great place for newbies to learn the ropes and seasoned veterans to hone their skill. RSVP here.

Tuesday, July 27: Statewide Strategy Meeting. RSVP here.

Want to get involved? Check out all the ways that you can contribute to this great movement. For some, you don't even have to leave the house!

We've started to put out some feelers to SC breweries to host a Rank My Brew night. If you have a business and would like to host a ranking event or would like to help plan one, please email us at [email protected] We can rank all kinds of things: ice cream, wings, wine, etc. Consumables are the easiest, but if you have another idea, let us know!

Did you know that there are Better Ballot SC Facebook groups for your county? Join yours today to help build the movement in your backyard

Check out this new site: By the People. IRV is on it and you can endorse it today with a quick video.

Good Governance

Good Governance Symposium Hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area: While the live events are over, you can view recordings of each event here.

Gerrymandering: manipulating the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class. The lines are redrawn this year.

Check out this article from the Post and Courier to learn more about gerrymandering.

The League of Women Voters is one of many organizations workings towards improving governance in our state. If you know of other organizations and events, please share them with as at [email protected]

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians.

Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

Thank you for your time,

Nicole Sanchez

President, BetterBallotSC
http://www.betterballotsc.org/


Better Ballot Bulletin: June 15, 2021

Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting, events to attend that help spread the word of IRV, and information and news about other good governance policies.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

After passing ranked choice voting in 2020, Alaskans are exercising their new instant runoff voting muscles: Alaska Public Media

NYC Mayoral Candidate on Kindness instead of Mudslinging: Gotham Gazette

Better Ballot Events

Saturday, June 19: Canvassing at the Soda City Market in Columbia. RSVP here.

Tuesday June 22, 7pm via Zoom. Statewide Strategy Meeting: RSVP here.

Saturday, July 3: Canvassing at the Soda City Market in Columbia. RSVP here.

Want to get involved? Check out all the ways that you can contribute to this great movement. For some, you don't even have to leave the house!

I like trivia, but what do you like? Do we want to throw axes or shoot pool? If you have an idea for a fun meeting, please email us at [email protected]

Did you know that there are Better Ballot SC Facebook groups for your county? Join yours today to help build the movement in your backyard

Good Governance

Good Governance Symposium Hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area: Monday, June 21, 6pm via Zoom. This session they will be discussing Election Systems and Voter Representation

The Fair Representation Act has been reintroduced in Congress: Check out this Quick Take by FairVote. Among other things, it ensures that all Americans can use IRV for their federal elections.

Gerrymandering: manipulating the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class. The lines are redrawn this year.

Check out this article from the Post and Courier to learn more about gerrymandering.

The League of Women Voters is one of many organizations workings towards improving governance in our state. If you know of other organizations and events, please share them with as at [email protected]

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians.

Consider making a monthly contribution. It helps us to better strategize our long term goals.

Thank you for your time,

Nicole Sanchez

President, BetterBallotSC


Better Ballot Bulletin: June 1, 2021

Welcome to the first Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting, events to attend that help spread the word of IRV, and information and news about other good governance policies.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

The Virginia GOP will use IRV in Republican Primary: Shore Daily News

Reasons to Like Ranked Choice Voting (IRV): Cato Institute, May 7

SC Humanities Electoral Initiative: Ranked Choice Voting (RCV/IRV). A Better Alternative?

 

Better Ballot Events

Friday June 4, 9pm: Pitch Training (For canvassing and general persuasion). RSVP here.

Every Saturday in June: Canvassing at the Soda City Market in Columbia. RSVP here.

Tuesday June 22, 7pm via Zoom. Statewide Strategy Meeting: RSVP here.

Want to get involved? Check out all the ways that you can contribute to this great movement. For some, you don't even have to leave the house!

We also had our first meeting and trivia night. If you have an idea for a fun meeting, please email us at [email protected]

Good Governance

Gerrymandering: manipulating the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class. The lines are redrawn this year.

Check out this article from the Post and Courier to learn more about gerrymandering. Grand Strand Together is one of many organizations workings towards improving governance in our state. If you know of other organizations and events, please share them with as at [email protected]

 

If you like what you've read here and would like us to continue our efforts, please donate. We're building momentum here in South Carolina. Help us continue to educate our fellow South Carolinians.

 

Thank you for your time,

Nicole Sanchez

President, BetterBallotSC