Current Action Posted 8/17/08

To the Supporters of Instant Runoff
Voting/Ranked Choice Voting

Through grass roots energy we
won a great victory by convincing the King County Charter Review Commission to
consider a system which offers voters more voices and choices.

Now we need to follow up on
our victory by making sure that the recommendations we worked so hard to secure
are carried out by the King County Council.

Because of the testimony of
so many of you, we were able to get the King County Charter Review Commission (
an influential advisory body which convenes every decade to recommend changes
to the County Charter ) to include language in its May 2008 recommendations to
the King County Council requesting that a citizens commission be formed during
2010 to study Instant Runoff Voting/Ranked Choice Voting (IRV or RCV). The
Charter Review Commission further recommended that after its year of study, the
citizen commission should make a recommendation to the King County Council
whether to put IRV on the ballot or not in 2011.

If we can get this
recommendation acted upon we have a great chance to get IRV/RCV considered by
King County’s voters. However,
this positive recommendation is likely to fall by the wayside unless we make
our voices heard to our
King County representatives.

Please take the following
actions to help ensure that the
King County council adopts the favorable recommendations
regarding IRV/RCV of the Charter Review Commission.

I. Call and/or write your King County Council
representative this week.
Ask them to
co-sponsor a resolution urging the adoption of the King County Charter Review
Commission with respect to IRV which calls for the formation of a citizen’s
commission to study IRV/RCV during 2010.If you don’t know who represents you on
the council check the
King County home page and type in your address. That will get you
your district number , from there you can find who your representative is along
with their contact information.

II. Here are some Good Points to Make in
Your Call or Letter ( Of course use your own words)

· RCV is more democratic and representative than our
current plurality system because it ensures that the winner is supported by a
majority of voters. It encourages higher voter turnout and is a more precise
measurement of voter preferences.

· RCV allows people to vote for their preferred
candidates without the threat that by doing so they may help elect the
candidates they support the least.

· It has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of
dollars each cycle by consolidating the low-turnout August primary into the
high-turnout general election.

· RCV has proven very popular around the country from Cambridge, Massachusetts where it has been used for decades, to Burlington, Vermont to San Francisco, where it has earned high voter reviews since being
instituted in 2005. In
Pierce County it was supported by a clear majority of the voters
when placed on the ballot in 2006. In fact, IRV/ RCV has won in each of the
last ten elections where it was placed on the ballot.

· Although we hope that they support IRV/RCV, bringing
the Charter Review Commission’s IRV recommendations to the council and voting
to adopt them doesn’t necessarily mean that they support the adoption of IRV in
King County; it just means they think IRV is worthy of further study. During
the Charter Review Commission’s public hearing process more than 20 people
testified in favor of the adoption of IRV. This was more than twice the number
that spoke about any other issue. Given the broad level of public support here
and around the country we should at least give IRV a closer look.

III. Once you have made your call or
written your letter, please call or email us to let us know that you did so,
and send us any response that you received from the office of your
representative.

Thanks !

Joe Szwaja (206) 523-3656;
joeszwaja@earthlink.net

President Instant Runoff Voting /Ranked
Choice Voting of
Washington