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March First Monday + Election Series Discussion: Rethinking Democracy Through Electoral Reform

Monday, March 5, 2018 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm EST
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Our current elections require systemic reforms to counter racial and partisan gerrymandering, increase voter participation, overcome zero-sum polarization, and advance a reflective and representative democracy.  Ranked choice voting (RCV) and Fair Representation reforms, including when used in multi-winner districts, address these challenges and can help build a culture of participation and broad engagement that allows diverse and marginalized communities the power to make a difference on issues that impact their lives.
With RCV already implemented in dozens of cities, and new reforms for RCV and Fair Representation being pushed at more local and state levels, this session will explore the current landscape of these reforms, highlight benefits seen from them, and show how funders have promoted and can continue to promote these.

Moderated by:

  • Larry Ottinger, Director, Maryland Leads Education Fund

Presented by:

  • George Cheung, Program Director, More Equitable Democracy
  • Council Member Phillipe Cunningham, Council Member, 4th Ward, Minneapolis
  • Anita Earls, Candidate for the North Carolina Supreme Court and Founder of Southern Coalition for Social Justice
  • Jennifer Pae, Director, FairVote California

This program is hosted by Funders' Committee for Civic Participation and co-sponsored by Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Grantmakers, Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers in Health, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, Health and Environmental Funders Network, Neighborhood Funders' Group, Philanthropy New York, United Philanthropy Forum, Women Donors Network


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