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  • rsvped for Voter Choice Worcester October Meetup 2018-09-03 22:31:49 -0400

    Voter Choice Worcester October Meetup

    Gather together Ranked Choice Voting activists of Greater Worcester! Let's share news of recent progress, plan our actions, and knock back a drink or two. What do you think our biggest opportunities will be to win over new supporters, pick up endorsements, and fundraise in October and November? We're on the road to RCV in MA -- let's do the nuts and bolts organizing work to get there fast and start enjoying the many benefits of better elections!

    October 15, 2018 at 7pm
    The Ballot Box
    11 Kelley Sq
    Worcester, MA 01604
    United States
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  • published Speakers Bureau in About Us 2018-05-19 23:46:28 -0400

    Speakers Bureau

    The Speakers' Bureau is our repository of regional speaking talent. All of our speakers are trained and well-versed in ranked choice voting generally and specifically how it could be used in Massachusetts to improve our own elections. They are engaging, personable, diplomatic, knowledgeable, confident, articulate, and able to answer any questions.

    We are ready to give our compelling presentation to groups all around the state. You name it, we want to be there to educate their members and seek their endorsement. Contact us at to arrange a time and place.

    Laura Brisbane


    Cape & Islands Chapter Lead of Voter Choice Massachusetts. Laura graduated from the University of Southern California in 2016 with a B.A. in political science and a minor in human rights. She spent the past year working in Cambridge as a Democracy Research Fellow at Small Planet Institute, where she assisted in research for a forthcoming book titled, Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, co-authored by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen. Laura now lives on the Cape, where she enjoys organizing for Ranked Choice Voting as well as writing and performing music in her free time.

    Linda Castronovo

    Speaker with Voter Choice Massachusetts, a state-wide organization committed to educating voters about the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting. She has degrees in Biology, Exercise Science, and Elementary Education from Earlham College and the University of Massachusetts. As a recently retired teacher and coach, she is committed to working toward a democracy that lives up to the ideals of “liberty and justice for all.” She has three grown children and lives in Hadley with her husband, eight chickens, and a young yellow lab.

    Greg Dennis


    Policy & Research Director for Voter Choice Massachusetts. Greg received his B.S, M.Eng, and Ph.D. from MIT, where he participated in the MIT-Caltech Voting Technology Project. A long-time student of electoral systems, Greg has spoken and written extensively on comparative voting theory. He has also served as Campaign Manager and Field Director for several local races and ballot questions in Somerville and Arlington. In 2015, Greg was elected to Town Meeting in Arlington, where he lives with his wife and three kids.

    Howie Fain

    Co-founder of FairVote and former chair of the Fair Ballot Alliance of Massachusetts. Beginning in the 1980s, Howie and a handful of other proportional representation enthusiasts from around the country began discussions through the postal mail, and eventually founded FairVote in 1992. For the next five years, Howie served as FairVote's national Secretary. In 1994, he moderated the Secretary of Commonwealth candidates forum on Voting System Reform, and was the voting systems consultant to the City of Cambridge as they computerized their RCV elections. Howie credits the historic RCV statewide enactment in Maine in 2016 with luring him back into active involvement in today's growing movement for true electoral democracy. He resides and teaches public school in Worcester, where he and his wife spend most Saturdays with their 12 grandchildren.

    Adam Friedman


    Executive Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts. In 2009, Adam served on the executive committee of a RCV statewide ballot question campaign in Massachusetts. He serves on the boards of MassVOTE and Common Cause Massachusetts and has been involved in lobbying and organizing around various voting and democracy reforms for over ten years. Adam works full-time as a civic technologist and web software engineer. Beginning in 2012, Adam created the first searchable public database of official election statistics on behalf of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and three other US states. Adam lives in Somerville, MA and holds a BA in History from Boston University.

    Jim Henderson


    Treasurer of Voter Choice Massachusetts. Jim is a long-time advocate of Ranked Choice Voting, a topic he focused on while a candidate for Secretary of State in 2010. With degrees from Princeton University, University of Michigan and Boston University, Jim maintains a law practice in Stow, representing small businesses and nonprofit organizations as outside general counsel, and providing estate planning services to families and individuals. Jim also sings and performs regularly with In Good Company and in the Christmas Revels.

    Billy Jackson

    Billy Jackson

    Speaker for Voter Choice Massachusetts and assistant Professor of Mathematics at North Shore Community College in Danvers and Lynn. At NSCC he has taught the ideas and theories behind alternative voting methods for the past six years and has been invited to speak on conference panels on the topic.  When Billy found out Maine was on the verge of passing RCV, he discovered Voter Choice Massachusetts and became the organization’s Deputy Director of Policy & Research. This is his first active role in a political advocacy organization or campaign. Billy holds a BA from Westfield State University and an MAT from Salem State University.

    Martha Karchere


    Speaker for Voter Choice Massachusetts. Martha is a family physician living 30 years in Jamaica Plain with her husband, Luis Prado, with whom she raised 3 boys. She worked in a community health center in Quincy during most of this time and was active in community advocacy for Franklin Park and the local library. More recently, she was involved in Don Berwick's gubernatorial campaign and Bernie Sander's presidential campaign. She believes that inequality is at the root of many of our most pernicious health problems including obesity and drug addiction. Martha sees Ranked Choice Voting as one powerful way to open up the public square to more opinions and policies, making government more representative and responsive to the needs of the planet and humankind.

    Ian Kernohan

    Speaker for Voter Choice Massachusetts. Ian comes to Voter Choice Massachusetts continuing a career of service. At the College of Wooster, he completed an independent research project on the ways in which addicts portray their illnesses in the scope of their life stories to complete a Sociology and Spanish degree. He then served two years with City Year New Hampshire, mentoring students and volunteers in under-served schools before finding his way to Lowell, Massachusetts, where he currently works as a Therapeutic Mentor. Ian believes in the power of a person's voice, and works to increase each individual's awareness of their own potential. In his free time, Ian is also working to become a Level 1 Judge for Magic: the Gathering.

    Nathan Lockwood


    Greater Worcester Chapter Lead of Voter Choice Massachusetts. Nathan was elected to the Town of Lunenburg Planning Board and served from 2009 through 2015. He is a founding member of the Centrist Project. His career in the software industry has spanned over 20 years and various roles, including software engineer, interaction designer, scrum master, and manager. Nathan has two children in college and lives in Lunenburg with his wife and two small dogs. Nathan holds a BA in Philosophy from Yale University.

    Chris Oates

    Speaker with Voter Choice Massachusetts. He is a political risk analyst for Oxford Analytica, covering foreign policy, domestic politics, and macroeconomics. He became interested in ranked choice voting from living in the United Kingdom, where he saw a prime minister win election with only 36% of the vote, and then re-elected with 37%. He is a native of Canton and holds a BA in Political Science and Classics from Brown University and an MPhil and PhD in International Relations from Oxford University.

    Deb Otis


    Live Outreach Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts. Deb is committed to finding and implementing improvements to our electoral system which empower individuals and increase civic engagement. A key area of focus is to increase representation for women and people of color in statewide and federal offices. Deb works as a marketing professional for a publishing company. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Physics from Boston University and lives in Newton.

    Ben Schattenburg


    Speaker for Voter Choice Massachusetts. An experienced political canvasser and phone fundraiser, Ben worked as a field organizer for the Yes on 5 campaign in Maine, helping Maine become the first state in US history to enact Ranked Choice Voting statewide. Ben has also organized ballot access drives for candidates and referendums across New England, and specialized in messaging and logistics for the signature-gathering phase. Ben is a native of Wayland, MA.

    Jacob Silterra


    Speaker for Voter Choice Massachusetts. In his ten years living in the Boston area, Jacob has worked as an engineer, software developer, and computational biologist. He is passionate about building government institutions, including voting systems, which work best for all people. Jacob works at a cancer genomics pharmaceutical company in Cambridge. He holds a BS in physics from Cornell University and an MS in bioinformatics from Boston University.

  • Count'em Up - Suffolk County DA Straw Poll

    On April 9, 2018, the five candidates for Suffolk County District Attorney shared the stage at the English High School in Jamaica Plain to make their case to the voters. Voter Choice Massachusetts was invited to conduct a straw poll with Ranked Choice Voting to help voters navigate this crowded field and find out which of these candidates was able to consolidate a majority of attendees' support, which "pick one and pray" plurality voting -- the way we vote now -- routinely fails to do. 

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  • signed up on Host A House Party 2018-04-24 21:27:34 -0400

    Host A House Party

    To guarantee the passage of Ranked Choice Voting in Mass., we need to make RCV a household word through conversations, presentations, media materials, ads, and paid staff. One campaign-tested way to build grassroots momentum is through hosting house parties. Hosting a house party is easy and fun: You invite your friends and plan to hold a Ranked Choice Voting election for anything from music awards to pie. We provide a speaker to give a short presentation on RCV and our movement, asking guests to consider donating. Check out our house party guide to learn more.

    Just sign up below and we will contact you to help you launch your very own house party to bring Ranked Choice Voting to Massachusetts!

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  • Women and RCV: Run, Reform, Represent

    As we celebrate Women’s History Month in 2018, Voter Choice Massachusetts would like to recognize the women, especially in our state, who are stepping up to serve their communities by running for public office. Thanks to the initiative of these individual leaders and those who have supported them, women have made steady progress in representation in the United States Congress, averaging about 1-2% increase in representation with every election since obtaining the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

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  • donated 2017-08-24 07:15:43 -0400

    Your monthly donation makes our movement possible

    Just make a one-time donation

    After the historic victory in Maine, the movement to make Massachusetts the next state to win Ranked Choice Voting is now within reach -- but only with your help.  Your commitment to a recurring donation gives us a strong, sustainable foundation to build on.

    Enter your monthly contribution amount in our secure payment form, and then follow the prompts through PayPal to finalize your donation. When complete, you'll receive a receipt to the email address you provided.

    If you prefer to mail a check, make your check payable to
    Voter Choice Massachusetts and send it to:

    Voter Choice Massachusetts
    14 Beacon St, #604
    Boston, MA 02108

    Voter Choice Massachusetts is a 501(c)(4) non-profit advocacy organization. Donations to Voter Choice Massachusetts are not tax deductible. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to support our educational campaign, please click here to donate to the Voter Choice Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.


  • donated via 2017-08-23 22:16:15 -0400

    Your support makes Ranked Choice Voting possible

    $31,008.93 raised
    GOAL: $50,000.00

    Do you want to make an even bigger impact?  Make a Recurring Donation

    After the historic victory in Maine, the movement to make Massachusetts the next state to win Ranked Choice Voting is now within reach. Since November 2016 we have grown to over 20,000 supporters, and we are building a strong coalition of national and local partners -- but we can only continue our rapid growth with your help.

    Submit your generous contribution using our secure payment form, then follow the prompts through PayPal to finalize your donation. When complete, you'll receive a receipt to the email address you provided. You power this movement, and we are most grateful for it.

    If you prefer to mail a check, please make your check payable to
    Voter Choice Massachusetts and send it to:

    Voter Choice Massachusetts
    14 Beacon St, #604
    Boston, MA 02108

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    Voter Choice Massachusetts is a 501(c)(4) non-profit advocacy organization. Donations to Voter Choice Massachusetts are not tax deductible. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to support our educational campaign, please click here to donate to the Voter Choice Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.