Help Fix Our Democracy: Important Ballot Measures We Support

By Pam Peak on October 21, 2016

While the Centrist Project is focused on breaking through political gridlock by electing Centrist independent candidates, we are also supportive of structural reforms that share the same goal. We believe good governance starts with an effective electoral process. This election, we are proud to endorse two ballot measures that advance such reforms…

"A better process can open the pathway for better people and better politics."

- Nick Troiano, Centrist Founder’s Circle Member / former Independent candidate for U.S. House

 

Maine’s Ranked Choice Voting initiative aims to provide a system that works – enabling candidates with the best ideas (and not the biggest bank accounts or celebrity status) to have a fighting chance.

How RCV works: voters rank the candidates based on their most to least preferred, and the winning candidate is the one who ultimately garners the majority of votes. Here’s a quick video on how the process works. Voters are no longer stuck with voting for the “lesser of two evils” and have a stronger voice and choice in our democracy.

Maine’s RCV success can serve as a model for the nation. You can volunteer to phone Maine voters here. View the robust list of organizations endorsing the measure (including The Centrist Project).  

We are also excited to support the Let Colorado Vote campaign, which is leading the fight on two ballot measures in Colorado to (1) restore a presidential primary and (2) open primary elections to unaffiliated voters.

These measures are focused on increasing participation in our democratic process and ensuring independent voters can cast ballots in elections they already pay for as taxpayers.

Whether you’re from Colorado or know friends there, you can help raise awareness about Let Colorado Vote by joining their social media Thunderclap before November 1st. 

Small steps lead to large social change. Let’s do this!