SF BAY AREA APPROVES!
Improving our voting methods
SF Bay Area Approves is a local chapter of The Center for Election Science. We are tasked with bringing better voting methods to the San Francisco Bay Area.
BIG NEWS! SF Bay Area Approves has merged with California Approves! We are pooling our strength with all of California. Our new website is CaliforniaApproves.org. We will keep this website until 2022 to let people know of the transition.
Try our app demonstrating Approval Voting.
We have weekly video meetings and once-per-month in-person meetings. The weekly video meetings are on Thursdays at 5:00 on Zoom here.
Jan. 2021 News: SF Bay Area Approves has received a grant to conduct polling on voting methods in the Bay Area. If you would like to find out what people in your city think about voting methods, then contact us.
What Is A Voting Method?
Many people don't realize that there are many ways to vote and democracies get to select which to use. From the beginning, our democracy settled on Choose-one voting. Choose-one is simple and works fine when there are just two candidates, but can fail miserably when there are more than two. The most visible mode of failure is the vote-split which happens dozens of times in each election in the Bay Area.
What Is Approval Voting?
Approval Voting is the easiest way to fix the problem. It is free, easy to understand, and doesn't require a constitutional amendment. You just replace the words "Vote for one" with "Vote for all you like". Easy, but amazingly effective. Approval Voting has been well studied and recently was voted into law in St. Louis by a 68% majority.
How to Find Out More
For a complete discussion of voting methods, see The Center for Election Science.
To see what other chapters in other cities are doing, click on one of these links:
To contact us with questions of any type, email:
To see an analysis of local elections in Santa Clara County, click here.
To see a list of famous vote splits, click here.
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San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA