Better Ballot Bulletin: January 15, 2022

BetterBallotSC

Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV in SC.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Georgia's overseas military got an upgrade to their voting. Now, just like overseas South Carolinian military, they can use an instant runoff ballot: Atlantic Civic Circle

Rob Richie of FairVote is a guest on the podcast How Do We Fix it. Listen to him explain the benefits of IRV and how it has improved multiple communities already: FairVote

Better Ballot SC Events

Weekly Work Jam and Welcome: These free form Zoom sessions are all about getting work done. Roll up your sleeves to learn a new skill or contribute with what your best at. Wednesdays: January 19.

Canvassing at the Soda City Market: January 15 and January 22. They'll come for the food and shopping and we'll educate them about instant runoff voting. Join us for a good time talking to our fellow South Carolinians.

North Charleston House Party: January 22, 7pm. Come learn about IRV and meet fellow supporters.

January Statewide Call (1 year anniversary): January 26 @ 7pm. Join us to get the latest updates and to recap this year's activities. We'll be meeting via Zoom. Register here.

 

RCV Day / IRV Day

Mark your calendars for RCV Day, 1/23 (123, get it? We're so punny). This nationwide event is a brainchild of FairVote and RankTheVote to promote RCV/IRV that will run all weekend.

There are two great events in South Carolina on Saturday January 22.

The first is a canvass in Columbia at the Soda City Market. Join us to find new supporters and educate our fellow South Carolinians.

Second, there will be a house party in North Charleston. Great for new and seasoned supporters alike. Learn more about IRV and meet fellow supporters.

Plus, on the day itself, 1/23, we'll be posting all over social media to raise awareness. Join us by sharing graphics and information with your friends and family.

 

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!

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

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 an 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.

Hope to see you soon,

Nicole Sanchez

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

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States

 


Better Ballot Bulletin: January 1, 2022

BetterBallotSC

First, I would like to wish each and every one of you a happy and healthy New Year! I hope that the spirit of growth and improvement reaches all aspects of your life, including your desire to strengthen our democracy.

Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV in SC.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Virginia Republicans Used IRV to sweep the state for the first time in 12 years by picking candidates with broad support: Washington Post

The US House passed the Voter's Choice Act, the first bill that includes support for IRV at the federal level: FairVote

Better Ballot SC Events

Weekly Work Jam and Welcome: These free form Zoom sessions are all about getting work done. Roll up your sleeves to learn a new skill or contribute with what your best at. Wednesdays: January 12 and January 19.

Pitch Training: January 12, 8:30om. Join us to learn how to talk to people about Instant Runoff Voting.

Meeting and Trivia: January 13, Old Mill Brewhouse, Lexington. Bring your thinking caps for this informal meeting and then trivia night.

Canvassing at the Soda City Market: January 15 and January 22. They'll come for the food and shopping and we'll educate them about instant runoff voting. Join us for a good time talking to our fellow South Carolinians.

January Statewide Call (1 year anniversary): January 26 @ 7pm. Join us to get the latest updates and to recap this year's activities. We'll be meeting via Zoom. Register here.

 

RCV Day:

Mark your calendars for RCV Day, 1/23 (123, get it? We're so punny). This is a nationwide event to promote RCV/IRV that will run all weekend. We'll be sending out additional details soon. If you have any suggestions or are interested in participating, please fill out this short form (it really is short, I assure you)

 

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!

Want to be more connected? Join our Slack channel!

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 an 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.

Hope to see you soon,

Nicole Sanchez

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

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States

 


Better Ballot Bulletin: December 16, 2021

BetterBallotSC

Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV in SC.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Letter to the Editor in support of IRV: Greenville News

MI Representatives introduce bills to allow IRV: WLNS.com

Better Ballot SC Events

December Statewide Strategy Meeting: December 22 @ 8pm, in person and via Zoom. We'll be meeting in Charleston this month. Wear your best ugly holiday sweater! We'll be voting on the best!

Weekly Work Jam and Welcome: These free form Zoom sessions are all about getting work done. Roll up your sleeves to learn a new skill or contribute with what your best at. Wednesdays: December 29 and January 12.

Pitch Training: January 12, 8:30om. Join us to learn how to talk to people about Instant Runoff Voting.

Canvassing at the Soda City Market: December 18 and January 8. They'll come for the food and shopping and we'll educate them about instant runoff voting. Join us for a good time talking to our fellow South Carolinians.

 

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 an 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.

Hope to see you soon,

Nicole Sanchez

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

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States


Better Ballot Bulletin: December 1, 2021

BetterBallotSC

Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV in SC.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

The Council of the District of Columbia recently discussed instant runoff voting: GlobalNewswire

Eureka City Council Moves forward with IRV: NJC

Better Ballot SC Events

All Volunteers Jam Session: These free form Zoom sessions are all about getting work done. Roll up your sleeves to learn a new skill or contribute with what your best at. Wednesdays: December 1, 8, 15, and 29.

Meeting and Trivia at Republic Biergarten in Columbia: December 8, 7:30pm. Join us for a low key meeting before we try our hand at winning trivia. Let's show Columbia that we know more than just IRV.

Pitch Training: December 9, 8pm. Join us to learn how to talk to people about Instant Runoff Voting.

Canvassing at the Soda City Market: December 11 & 18. They'll come for the food and shopping and we'll educate them about instant runoff voting. Join us for a good time talking to our fellow South Carolinians.

December Statewide Strategy Meeting: December 22 @ 8pm, in person and via Zoom. We'll be meeting in Charleston this month. Wear your best ugly holiday sweater! We'll be voting on the best!

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 an 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.

Hope to see you soon,

Nicole Sanchez

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


Better Ballot Bulletin: November 15, 2021

BetterBallotSC

News in Instant Runoff Voting

IRV was passed in three municipalities across the country and used for the first time in many others: Fulcrum

Columbia voters turned out to elect their mayor and city council. Both led to runoffs (remember to vote this Tuesday). Check out this opinion piece in the state that argues for IRV: The State

 

Today starts our

WEEK OF ACTION!

Join us each day of the week for a variety of activities to help educate fellow South Carolinians about instant runoff voting.

Start the week right with

Sign It Sunday

Sign and share the petition on your social media. Plus, take a poll and let's see what Thanksgiving sides win the battle! Click here to vote in the battle!

Multiply Monday

We're going hybrid for this month's statewide meeting. You can join us in Columbia at Beef O'Brady's or via Zoom. Multiply our attendees this Multiply Monday! Invite 5 of your friends to come to the meeting.

 

T-Shirt Tuesday

We have some great IRV swag. If you have it, wear it! If you don't, order some today

 

Work It Wednesday

Join us for the All Volunteers Jam Session. We'll meet via Zoom at 6pm and roll up our sleeves. These free form jams are all about learning and doing.

Then we'll flex our knowledge of random facts at Trivia Night. We'll meet at Republic Biergarten in Columbia for a low key meeting and then try our hand at trivia.

 

Team Work Thursday

We'll make instant runoff voting a reality in South Carolina if we work as a team. First we'll head to Florence's Timrod Park for a canvass.

Then join us for the November Statewide Meeting. Join us in person at Beef O'Brady's in Columbia or via Zoom at 7pm.

 

Fast Friday

Canvass with us at the Joe Riley Waterfront Park in Charleston as we talk to people about how fast instant runoff voting is.

 

Social Saturday

We'll cap off our week of action by getting social at the Soda City Market Canvass. We'll be speaking to market goers about the benefits instant runoff voting. Nervous? Don't worry. Our seasoned canvassers will be there to help.

Want to get social closer to home? Not a problem. Contact us at [email protected] or 803-881-6027 and we'll help you set it up.

 

Want to get involved but none of these times lines up? Let us know and we can work to create events in your backyard.

 

Everyday is a good day to donate.

You can also support the movement with a donation. Consider making a monthly donation. They help us to better plan for the future.

Hope to see you soon,

Nicole Sanchez

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

BetterBallotSC BetterBallotSC · SC 29420, United States

 


Better Ballot Bulletin: November 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 in SC, and information and news about other good governance policies.

News in Instant Runoff Voting

Salt Lake City to use instant runoff voting for the first time: Ballotopedia

Better Ballot North Carolina makes the case for IRV: WHQR

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

.

Better Ballot Events

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.

Volunteer Jam Session: November 10, 7pm via Zoom. RSVP here.

November Statewide Strategy Call: November 17, 7pm. Hybrid in person and Zoom. RSVP today.

Canvassing at the Soda City Market: Columbia. Saturday November 20, 10am. 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 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.


Better Ballot Bulletin: October 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 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!)

.

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/