Endorsements

Endorsements for STAR Voting and/or groups which have adopted STAR Voting, by location:

(Titles are for identification only.)

 

NATIONAL AND STATEWIDE:

* Alliance For Democracy

* Progressive Party Of Oregon

* Progressive Oregon PAC, affiliate of Our Revolution

Rosa Colquitt, PhD, Chair, Democratic Party of Oregon Black Caucus

* WA Berniecrats / Our Revolution Washington

* Jameson Quinn, Former Vice Chair at the Center for Election Science

* Clay Shentrup, Co-founder of Counted (Washington) and Co-founder of the Center for Election Science


EUGENE, OR:

* Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network

* Our Revolution Lane County

* Chris Edwards, former Oregon State Senator

* Joe Berney, Candidate Lane County Commission

* Mike Clark, Eugene City Councilor

* Betty Taylor, Eugene City Councilor

* Jennifer Yeh, Eugene City Councilor

* Emily Semple, Eugene City Councilor

* James Barber, Former candidate for East Lane County Commissioner

* Alan Zundel, political scientist and key participant in successful Benton County initiative for Ranked Choice Voting

* Mark Frohnmayer, Founder of the Equal Vote Coalition, Arcimoto 

Keith Appleby, Mel Barber, Tom Bowerman, Bob Cassidy, Rick Dancer, Ruth Duemler, Nicholas Engel, Len Hockley, Jane & Stefan Kwiatkowskis, James Yuki McQuire, Jordan Pape, Hallie Roberts, Stephen Robinson, Carol Scherer, Chenoa Skaggs, Jacob Strandlien, Joy Thomson, Arun N. Toké, Marianne Zundel

 

PORTLAND, OR: 

* Bernie PDX/Our Revolution PDX

* Represent.Portland, affiliate of Represent.Us

* Portland chapter of RCV-OR.**

* Democratic Party of Multnomah County

* City Repair

* Communitecture

* King Neighborhood Association

* Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association

* Mark Lakeman, founding member of City Repair and the Village Building Convergence

* Julia DeGraw, community organizer and candidate for PDX City Council

* Rosa Colquitt, PhD, Chair, Democratic Party of Oregon Black Caucus

* Paige Kreisman, candidate OR House D-42  

* James "Jas" Davis, candidate for PDX City Council, Position 2

 

Erin Bear, Jonathan Bright, Maryellen Cooke, James Davis, Emily Dempsey, Douglas Estudillo, Jeffrey Flynn, Ryan Hassan, Mont Chris Hubbard, Sean McClintock, Julia Rose, Lin Tucker, Sara Wolk, Adam Zielinski

 

SPRINGFIELD, OR: 

* James Barber

* Jim Cupples

* Lonnie Douglas

* Kris MacAlister

 

CLATSKANIE:

* Deborah Simplier

 

DEADWOOD, OR: 

* Nora Kent

 

DEXTER, OR:

* Kevin Matthews

 

GLADSTONE, OR:

* Chris Henry, Oregon Progressive Party 2018 gubernatorial candidate

 

GLENWOOD, OR:

* Thomas A. Brown

 

PLEASANT HILL, OR:

* Elin England

* Don Schneider

 

OAKRIDGE, OR:

* Dalton Zerlan

 

OREGON CITY, OR:

* Aaron Wolf, Oregon City

VENETA, OR: 

* Laura E. Stine

 

STATE OF WASHINGTON:

* Courtney N. Love

* Rhonda Walker

 

We want your name here too!

Please email join@equal.vote to endorse STAR Voting for Lane County or the movement for STAR Voting in general. 

 

Arguments in favor of STAR Voting:


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“Everyday working class Oregonians deserve a democracy that works for, and is accessible for all of us. That’s why I am proud to endorse the adoption of STAR Voting in Oregon, at all levels of government. STAR Voting will give Oregonians more choices, more freedom, and more transparency in our elections. We have to dare to build the world that we want to live in, and I want to live in a world with fair, inclusive, and equitable elections. I want to live in a world with STAR Voting. Let’s build that world together!” - Paige Kreisman, candidate OR House D-42     


* "I support any effort to decrease power politics and increase the voice of the people, which this is designed to do." - Joe Berney

 

* "I encourage you to vote FOR STAR Voting, a system where leaders who bring people together have the electoral advantage." - Jordan Pape

 

* "I believe STAR voting may address two critical problems in our voting system: the elimination of the third candidate spoiler effect; and improving confidence that each of us can express our true preference without remorse and fear of wasting the vote." - Tom Bowerman

 

* "If you want action on the issues that you and most Oregonians care about most, I encourage you to vote for an upgrade to the STAR Voting system." - Chris Edwards

 

* "STAR Voting is simple. It always elects the majority favorite between the two highest rated candidates in every race in which it is used." - Clay Shentrup

 

* “As a mathematician, I am deeply impressed by STAR Voting's ability to incentivize honest voting. It will be a powerful force in dissolving the stranglehold that the current 2-party system has on our political landscape, and I for one am ecstatic about that more representative future.” -Emily Dempsey, Portland-based mathematician and computer scientist

 

* "I support STAR Voting because it creates a more level playing field for candidates and will respect the will of the voters." -Julia DeGraw, community organizer and former candidate for PDX City Council

 

* "Of the dozens of voting methods I know about, STAR Voting is one of the very best for single-winner political elections." and "[STAR Voting] is undeniably a top-shelf election method, and arguably the best out of all the ones I tested." -Jameson Quinn, Vice-Chair and Director at the Center For Election Science and statistics Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University where his research focuses on voting systems

 

I encourage you to try STAR Voting for yourself by creating a poll or trying an existing one at http://star.vote - whether you are deciding where to go to lunch or who should make our most critical civic decisions, STAR Voting will get the job done." - Mark Frohnmayer, founder of the Equal Vote Coalition and founder of Arcimoto



* “I love the ability of STAR Voting to express a preference for multiple candidates. I don’t have to think about who has the most money or worry if voting for my favorite candidate will split the vote." -James Barbur

 

“Until voters can vote their conscience it's not a democracy!” - Sara Wolk

 

* “STAR Voting is the first step in giving the power of government back to the people and out of the hands of lobbying interests.” - Ryan Hassan

 

* “Choosing between the "lesser-of-two-evils" is no longer satisfactory for a nation as diverse - in culture, as well as landscape - as The United States.” - Dalton Zerlan

 

* “I endorse STAR voting because I believe the two-party system is corrupt and a threat to our democracy.” - Mont Chris Hubbard

 

* "STAR Voting is the best option available that allows voters to vote their conscience and know their vote will count in determining the winner even if their favorite can’t win." - Jas Davis

 

* "I whole-heartedly endorse the adoption of STAR Voting as the most easily-implemented, innovative, and cost-effective preference voting system currently available. It is the only widely-considered top-tier voting alternative that truly lets people vote their conscience, fully eliminates the spoiler effect and guarantees a winner preferred by the majority of voters. Most simply, it let’s people vote for their favorite candidate and still have their vote go to their second or third favorite candidate if their favorite can’t win." - Jas Davis

 

If you or your group would like to submit a statement in support please email sara@equal.vote 

 

 

Words of Encouragement from groups which haven't endorsed yet:

* "[We] think STAR voting is worth testing – we think it’s an interesting approach." and "we support [STAR] getting some actual election experience." -Sightline Institute

 

* "I don't see bullet voting as a strategic incentive with STAR voting." and "FairVote is neutral on STAR voting in governmental elections" -Rob Richie of FairVote, the group advocating for Ranked Choice Voting