MEDIA ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In order to find meaningful reforms to voting and electoral systems, the symposium will explore voting methods such as approval voting, instant runoff, proportional representation, and more, as well as issues of election integrity, such as closed-source electronic voting machines, the Electoral College, gerrymandering, Top Two primary systems, and more. Many Americans are discouraged from voting for their candidate of choice for many reasons, one of which is the current system of single-winner plurality voting, as well as concerns over the integrity of the elections themselves. Our goal is to directly challenge the electoral status quo by empowering voters and candidates alike.
Many amazing panelists are lining up to help propose solutions for our voting and elections systems, including FairVote’s Rob Richie (via Skype), Aaron Hamlin of the Center for Election Science, Bill Redpath of the Libertarian Party, and Richard Winger, editor of Ballot Access News and advisory board member of Free and Equal.
The event will be livestreamed on theFree and Equal Network. Media outlets are welcome to simulcast off the raw feed.
The event wasrecently teased in an article on alternative voting systems in The Huffington Post.
The details are as follows:
- Who: Rob Richie (FairVote, via Skype), Richard Winger (Ballot Access News, Free and Equal), Bill Redpath (Libertarian Party), Aaron Hamlin (Center for Election Science).
- What: Voting Methods & Election Integrity Symposium
- Where: Infinity Park Events Center (Cherry Creek Room), 4400 E Kentucky Ave, Glendale, CO
- When: November 15th – Voting Methods Panel from 9-12PM, Lunch 12-1PM, Election Integrity Panel from 1-4PM.
- Why: To share experienced knowledge of voting methods and foster a progressive approach to voting and electoral systems.
About Free and Equal
As a non-partisan organization, Free and Equal Election Foundation’s mission is primarily educational. We work to give all ballot-qualified candidates the opportunity to debate important political issues in public forums. We want to help level the political playing field and to inspire more independents and alternative party candidates to run for office. We want to empower and encourage more people, especially young people, to get involved in the discussion, participate in the political process and hold their government accountable. We believe that “more voices, more choices” will help shift the political power back to the people, away from the control of a few corporations and political elites, creating a more balanced system where all are free and equal in their ability to participate. Free and Equal Elections Foundation was founded in 2008 by Christina Tobin, an American activist and leader in the election reform and voters’ rights movements. Free and Equal hosted the 2012 Open Presidential Debate which was aired by various news outlets including C-SPAN, RT, Link TV, Al Jazeera, the Free and Equal Network, Ora TV, and more. The event trended top ten on Twitter and was moderated by broadcast legend Larry King. Free and Equal hosted the 2014 Open Colorado Gubernatorial Debate moderated by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Professor Griff of Public Enemy, airing on the Free and Equal Network with co-hosts Free Speech TV and the Open Media Foundation.
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