ranked choice voting

Talking about . . . ranked choice voting

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Most of us want the healthiest democracy we can design.  Are our current voting systems producing the best outcomes for citizens?

Some people believe that ranked choice voting produces an outcome more reflective of the majority of citizen’s wishes.  It has also been argued that ranked choice voting can reduce negative campaigning, allows voters more choices and saves money.   Are our democratic processes serving us well?

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Background reading (optional)

While you don't need to be an expert on this topic, sometimes people want background information. You can read more about ranked choice voting here and here.

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Now that you are all together, here we go!

This Living Room Conversation flows through five rounds of questions and a closing. Some rounds ask you to answer each question. Others feature multiple questions that serve as conversation starters — you need only respond to the one or two you find most interesting.

Before you begin your conversation, please go over the Conversation Ground Rules with your participants.

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One. Why are we here?

What interested you or drew you to this topic?

Two. Your core values

Answer one or more of the following:
  • what sense of purpose or duty guides you in life? What is your mission statement?
  • what would your best friend say about who you are and what makes you tick?
  • what are your hopes and concerns for your community and/or the country, now and long-term?

Three. Ranked choice voting

Remember that the goal of this Living Room Conversation is for each participant to listen to and learn about the different opinions within the group to see where you might share interests, intentions and goals. 

Answer one or more of the following questions:
  • Are you currently satisfied with local, state and national voting practices?
  • Is there anything you would like to improve in our current voting practices?
  • What do you think of ranked choice voting?  Are there aspects you like?  Aspects you do not like?
  • Do you normally vote in primaries and/or general elections?  How do you decide your vote?

Four. Reflection

Answer one or more of the following questions:
  • in one sentence, share what was most meaningful or valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation;
  • what new understanding or common ground did you find within this topic?
  • has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?

Five. Accomplishment and moving forward

Answer both of the following questions:
  • name one important thing that was accomplished here;
  • is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

Closing

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