CES Updates

July 2019 Newsletter

Director of Campaigns and Advocacy Chris Raleigh

We’re Ramping Up Our Campaign Game!

One of our New Year’s resolutions for 2019 was to hire a Director of Campaigns & Advocacy to help us get approval voting implemented in more cities across the country. Thanks to your generous support and contributions, we were able to make that hire! Thank you for making that happen!

Our new Director of Campaigns & Advocacy, Chris Raleigh, came on board at the end of June. With several years of experience managing candidate campaigns, Chris brings with him a strong understanding of how to build movements and reach voters with messaging that resonates.

Read more about Chris’s experience, his thoughts on how approval voting can improve our elections, and his plans for CES in our staff spotlight!

Major Milestone Reached—2,000 Signatures in St. Louis!

Thanks to supporters and volunteers like you, our partners at STL Approves have collected 2,000 signatures to get approval voting on the ballot in St. Louis! They need 20,000 signatures to qualify, and now they’re even closer to reaching that goal.

Are you in St. Louis? Check out the STL Approves website to find out how you can volunteer.

Not in St. Louis? Consider making a donation to CES. Your gift will help us educate St. Louisans while also expanding our advocacy efforts to other cities and states across the nation. Who knows, we may be coming to your hometown!

Show Your Support with Approval Voting Gear!

You spoke and we listened, First Name—we’re meeting the demand for approval voting apparel with a new Election Science Swag Store! Not only can you now sport approval voting merch, but 100% of the profits from each sale will go toward improving the way we vote! We’ve got t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, and more. How will you show your approval?

Don’t Miss Your Chance for Free Gear!

Want to get a free piece of approval voting apparel? Just set up a monthly donation by midnight tonight, and you’ll get a free product from our new Election Science Store! Don’t miss out on this opportunity for free swag!

Voting Reform Enthusiasts Unite

Thanks to all of our supporters who met up with us for events in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, DC, and Vegas this month! We really enjoyed getting to know each of you and talking about ways we can all work together to improve the way we vote. 

In the coming months, we’ll be in Nashville, Chicago, Maryland, and Denver. If you live in one of those areas and have a group you’d like us to give a presentation to, email our Director of Operations & Programs at [email protected]

Don’t forget to keep tabs on our event page for upcoming happy hour meetups in those areas! We’d love to see you there. 

Test Your Voting Method Knowledge!

Voting Methods 101 Pop Quiz

Think you know voting methods? Take our quiz and you might win a free approval voting sticker! Here’s this month’s question:

Is Borda Count an example of a cardinal method or an ordinal method?

Submit your answer!

Why Our Voting Methods Matter

Director of Philanthropy Kirsten Elliott explains the effect that voting methods have on the political process in Part 1 of her five part series for Giving Compass. Read more on our blog.

Does Our Voting Method Need to Go?

In Part 2 of her series, Kirsten explains what a voting method is and some of the negative consequences of the way we currently vote. Check it out and share with a friend!

How Does Approval Compare to RCV?

In this interview with UPolitics, executive director Aaron Hamlin explains the benefits of approval voting and how it compares to RCV. Watch the video to learn more.