STAR Voting Blog

2020 Blog Posts


 

June 20th, 2020

Sunday meeting at 4:30pm, Eugene Council kicks the can, and 3 historic wins for STAR Voting!
Email blast by Sara Wolk

 


 

June 9th, 2020

Eugene Worksession tomorrow!
Email blast by Sara Wolk

The moment of truth has arrived! Eugene City Council is our last chance to refer STAR Voting for Eugene to the November ballot!

 


 

May 29th, 2020

The biggest story not covered in the 2020 Portland Primary was that our election WASN'T democratic.
Daily KOS post by Jas Davis

Despite the power of public matching funds to propel political outsiders into contention, the biggest story in this year's Portland city elections according to political newcomer, Jas Davis, is the failure of our current voting system to deliver democratic results.


 

April 25th, 2020

IPO Primary Countdown
email blast by Sara Wolk

The Independent Party of Oregon primary, using STAR Voting for all statewide elections, goes live at 8am on Tuesday April 28th.


 

April 7th, 2020

IPO Primary Announcment
email blast by Sara Wolk

Independent Party of Oregon Will Use STAR Voting In 2020 Primary Election, Open to all Independent and Non-Affiliated Voters



 

 

March 30th, 2020

2020 Vision: Could STAR Voting slay the “electability” dragon?
by Sara Wolk

We’re all too familiar with the landscape: Toxic campaign ads, candidates who do nothing but ask for your money and tell you what you want to hear, and at the end of the day one narrative to rule them all- don’t waste your vote on a candidate who isn’t “electable.”


 

March 15th, 2020

Remote Meetings/Volunteering
email blast by Sara Wolk

Virtual meetings and action items you can do from home: STAR Voting volunteer opportunities


 

March 14th, 2020

Our voting system is 200 years old and dividing the nation. What if there was a better way?
by Johnathan Miller

For more than two centuries, the U.S. has pioneered incredible technologies and advancements, and the country has evolved from an agrarian society to the always-online, connected country we are today. And yet with all this innovation, one thing has never changed: how we vote.


 

March 7th, 2020

Public Forum and then Worksession!
email blast by Sara Wolk

Eugene City Council is working to refer STAR Voting to the November ballot, but we need you to show up and tell them it's a priority!


 

February 25th, 2020

March Events and Action Items
email blast by Sara Wolk

A pop-up garage sale, a Tea Talk, submitting public testimony, a new chapter launch, and monthly meetings. Carpe dium!


 

February 12th, 2020

Your candidate was "non-viable"? Your vote was wasted.
by Sara Wolk

In the shock and awe surrounding the upset of the 2020 primary kickoff -in which two of the highest polling candidates are currently tanking- the point that nobody is making is how these large field primaries disenfranchise huge swaths of voters.
If your candidate didn't get 15% that is a wasted vote.


 

February 11th, 2020

STAR Voting poll for the 2020 presidential primary
by Sara Wolk

What would happen if voting based on "electability" was a thing of the past? What if we had a voting method that didn't break when we have multiple options to choose from? Vote in the 2020 primary poll and try STAR for yourself!
https://star.vote/2020primary/


 

January 25, 2020

Leveling up!
email blast by Sara Wolk

STAR Voting World Headquarters Coming soon! Work Parties, a Garage Sale, and then we open shop!


 

January 5th, 2020

Let the campaigning begin!
email blast by Sara Wolk

Eugene and Lane County, all eyes are on you!


 

 

2019 Blog Posts


 

December 24th, 2020

Holiday Fundraiser
email blast by Sara Wolk

2019 was a breakout year for STAR Voting and the holidays are a great time to reflect and be grateful for all we have accomplished


 

November 5th, 2019

Eugene rejects signatures: Nobody said it would be easy
email blast by Sara Wolk

October 30th, 2019. After turning in 10,406 signatures for the STAR Voting for Eugene petition, the county elections office has ruled the petition "void," falling just 111 short of the required 8,091 verified signatures.

Don't lose heart! ...


 

November 5th, 2019

DNC to use STAR Voting to elect Oregon's Presidential Delegates to the Democratic National Convention!
email blast by Sara Wolk

This historic decision launches STAR Voting onto the national stage, empowering Oregon voters, protecting election integrity, and helping to ensure fair and representative results. The Democratic National Convention may determine our next president, so in the event of a close race or brokered convention Oregon's STAR elected delegates could make all the difference.


 

October 7th, 2019

One Week to go for STAR Eugene:
email blast by Sara Wolk

Today marks one week until the deadline. We've turned in our first 8,174 signatures so far.

8,081 valid signatures are required, but we may not know our validity rate until it's too late. Every single signature could be the difference between success and failure.


 

September 11th, 2020

One month to go before STAR's Eugene signature deadline!
email blast by Sara Wolk

We need 10,500 verified signatures by October 14th! That's 8,091 verified, plus a 30% buffer.


 

July 30th, 2019

Live Music, Street Fairs, and Volunteer Opportunities for all!
email blast by Sara Wolk

STAR Voting for Lane County is finally approved to collect signatures! ... and all it took was 2 months of extreme paperwork, one legal judgement in our favor, and world class patience and optimism.

 


 

Tue, July 2nd, 2019

Approved to collect signatures July 4th - October 14th. STAR Voting for Eugene!
email blast by Sara Wolk

This summer is the crux of the movement. July 4th - October 14th. We have 100 days to collect 8,091 verified signatures!


 

June 3rd, 2019

This is the beginning: Paperwork filed for STAR Voting ballot initiatives!
email blast by Sara Wolk.

Today is the beginning.
Today we flipped the hourglass
Today we submitted paperwork for two ballot initiatives.
The clock is ticking .. .. .. .. ..


 

 

May 23rd, 2019

Summer Plan
email blast by Sara Wolk and David Ernst

The Flashpoint: Over the next 2 months, we have an incredible opportunity to launch our 2019 STAR Voting campaign, highlighting 2 ballot initiatives in central Oregon while laying the foundation for others statewide and beyond.


 

April 4th, 2020

The UnrigTheSystem Summit rocked!
email blast by Sara Wolk

Last weekend STAR Voting advocates from around the country flew into Nashville, Tennessee to attend the nations largest election reform summit of the year. UnrigTheSystem, hosted by our partner Represent.Us, included 3 days of speakers, panels, workshops, and more.


 

March 7th, 2020

Ballot Initiatives: How the people can change policy!
email blast by Sara Wolk

Getting initiatives on the ballot, building coalitions, and getting people educated on issues doesn't happen overnight. To organize, delegate, and get it done we have regular monthly meetings in both Eugene and Portland, with subcommittee meetings and more in between.


 

February 2nd, 2019

STAR Voting is rolling, you're invited!
email blast by Sara Wolk

Blast off! Despite the fact that some of us took some well deserved time off over the holidays, others just didn't get the memo. It's only been a few short months since the last election, but STAR Voting advocates from across the political spectrum have been hard at work laying the foundation to adopt STAR Voting in their own organizations. They've made a lot of progress! Meanwhile others have been drafting charter amendments, reaching out to our elected officials, and even going to Salem. Wow! 


 

 

2018 Blog


 

November 28th, 2018

Team Strategy Meeting for STAR Voting, Tomorrow! 7-9!
email blast by Sara Wolk

The STAR Voting team will be getting together to reconnect and reinvigorate for our next round of campaigns. This is only the beginning, but what the next steps look like will depend on you. Our strategy will be determined by our bandwidth, and teamwork makes the dream work.


 

November 19th, 2018

Thank You Lane County!!!
email blast by Sara Wolk

We didn't get everything we'd hoped for, but we did get almost 47% of the vote! That's incredible considering this is a new reform, organized by a grassroots team, with little institutional backing. We put STAR Voting on the map and proved that this proposal is viable! 


 

Nov 8th, 2018

WORLD’S FIRST CAMPAIGN FOR STAR VOTING MOVES TO NEXT STAGE
by Mark Frohnmayer and Sara Wolk

Lane County petitioners celebrate historic first campaign to institute STAR Voting


 

October 26th, 2018

This is the home stretch! 11 days left to get the word out! Tomorrow! Parade! 
email blast by Sara Wolk

This is the home stretch and the name of the game is inspiration! I'm inspired, you're inspired and we need the world to know it and get inspired too! Our volunteers have been dauntless and our team is stronger now than ever. We'll be out every single day from now until November 6th. Join us!

 


 

October 8th, 2020

Oakshire Benefit Concert with the Muddy Souls!
email blast by Sara Wolk

Come out this Wednesday at 5 to celebrate with us! $1 from every beer all day will be donated to our education and outreach fund.

Town Hall on STAR Voting!
Come connect, hear some great presentations, help fold mini-zines, and break into volunteer action groups at noon. Our canvassing team goes out after the meet up. To join us for the afternoon canvass meet at Theo's at 1:30pm.

 


 

 

October 2nd, 2018

Upcoming Events and Call to Action!
email blast by Sara Wolk

We have lawn signs! Lawn signs are free and we encourage you to take one and display it proudly!

 


 

 

September 24th, 2018

Last 2 days of Best of Eugene!: Vote now at weekly.star.vote
email blast by Sara Wolk

Voting on Round One runs from 9/13 to 9/26 and focuses on Eats and Civics. Round Two will run from 9/27 to 10/10 and focus on Spending and Live Action.  Lot's of great candidates to choose from? No problem! STAR let's you give top scores to all your favorites while still showing your preference order between the rest of the pack and giving no support to options you truly don't like at all. That's real choice and that's what it takes to get fair representation! 


 

 

September 18th, 2018

Park your partisan politics at the door
email blast by Sara Wolk

At the last meeting of the Lane County Democrats platform and resolutions committee a group of supporters put forward a motion to endorse STAR Voting and were shocked when the motion was flipped on it's head. The committee, led by a small group of party insiders, voted to oppose the ballot initiative. 



 

 

September 18th, 2018

Volunteer Catalyzation for STAR Voting!
email blast by Sara Wolk

STAR Voting made the ballot in Lane County! Now it's time to hit the streets and spread the word! 

Education and outreach are the name of the game. Come out every Saturday to Theo's Coffee a for our STAR Voting volunteer breakout sessions. The events are co-hosted with Lane County Our Revolution and go from 11am to 1pm.


 

August 12th, 2018

Our take on FairVote's position regarding STAR Voting
by Mark Frohnmayer

We were excited to learn that FairVote, the nation's leading advocate of Ranked Choice Voting, took a deep look at STAR Voting. We were doubly thrilled when their astute researchers weren't able to come up with even a single viable weakness of the STAR Voting method. Our only true disappointment is that FairVote, to date, has yet to correct the significant inaccuracies in their article, despite repeated asks from the Equal Vote Coalition and others.


 

August 12th, 2018 

STAR Voting on Nov ballot!
by Mark Frohnmayer

Lane County voters will have the opportunity this fall to institute an exciting new reform, replacing the "top-two jungle primary" system we currently use for elected county offices with STAR Voting! The response to our initiative petitioning was overwhelmingly positive, showing the hunger voters (and non-voters!) have for a better way to vote and elect people to public office.


 

August 9th, 2018

Response to FairVote Article on STAR Voting
by Alan Zundel

We were encouraged when we heard that FairVote was updating its online article on STAR Voting in light of concerns from the Equal Vote Coalition and a number of leaders in the electoral reform community. However, in reading the updated article (July 2018) we found it disappointing. They dropped some problematic assertions while retaining others, but overall it fails to address the central concerns raised against it in the first place.


 

August 2nd, 2018

STAR Voting: Heal Democracy!
by Sara Wolk

Necessity is the mother of invention and not surprisingly this has been a groundbreaking year for election reform. In Oregon the Equal Vote Coalition is collecting signatures for twin ballot initiatives in Multnomah and Lane Counties to fundamentally change the way we vote.


 

July 24th, 2018

STAR Voting: The Quest for Democracy!
by Sara Wolk

Necessity is the mother of invention and not surprisingly this has been a groundbreaking year for election reform. In Oregon the Equal Vote Coalition is collecting signatures for twin ballot initiatives in Multnomah and Lane Counties to fundamentally change the way we vote.



2017 Blog


 

May 11th, 2017

STAR Voting gets its first field trial, two campaigns... and a new name!
by Mark Frohnmayer

If my Google News Alerts are a valid indicator, public interest in election process reform has seen a huge increase since the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. We're witnessing this directly here in Oregon as we work to bring STAR Voting* (SRV) to public elections for the first time.


 

May 9th, 2017


 

May 2nd, 2017

STAR Voting Election Calculator
by Mark Frohnmayer

With Google Forms it's fairly easy to set up and run your own STAR Voting* elections, by copying and pasting in a simple script. This post is a step-by-step guide that shows how to do that.


 

 

March 13th, 2017

The Relaxed Majority Criterion
by


 

 

Is this about the Electoral College?
by

The mission of Equal.Vote is embedded in our name. Even though our initial focus is on the mechanics of the vote itself, when folks keep asking us, "Is this about the Electoral College?", we have to say yes to that too.


 

March 12, 2017

What the heck happened in Burlington?
by

Its advocates claim that "With Ranked Choice Voting, you can honestly rank candidates without having to worry about how others will vote and who is more or less likely to win" because if your first choice can't win, your second choice will be counted.

In truth, Ranked Choice only counts the secondary preferences of some of the voters who put a non-winning candidate in first position, and this can and does lead to non-representative, non-majoritarian outcomes.