Recruit new members. To make this work, we want a lot (a thousand?) members.
Especially ones willing to do things.
Recruit endorsers, especially prominent ones,
including: scientists and scholars especially in voting-related areas;
respected party leaders such as Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton,
Robert Dole, Andrew Young, James Baker, Ralph Nader, Howard Phillips;
Politicians; Church Leaders; Nobelists, etc.
We are seeking endorsements from every important US political party – unified across
all party boundaries.
Now of course, we are looking to be endorsed by people of national stature. However,
those high-stature endorsers tend to get more interested if there are already
endorsements from lower-stature people of their same kind, or their friends.
And so on down the chain. So do not feel that only endorsements from the tippy
top experts and leaders matter. All matter.
See our Endorsements page for how to proceed.
Generate "buzz," educate the public, and inspire new members to appear, by
writing letters about range voting to editors of magazines.
(Many magazines are listed here.)
Your letter should
mention the URL of our main web page, which is currently
so that people reading it can follow up.
to suitable publications.
This might work better than letters to editors, but costs money.
Help advertise us by putting a link to us on your homepage (add this line
to your homepage somewhere):
<a href="http://www.RangeVoting.org">The Center for Range Voting</a>
To make the Iowa 2008 caucus plan (of changing
their rules to make them use Range Voting) work we need
to know exactly who in the Democratic & Republican party hierarchies needs
to change exactly what party rules, whose support we need,
and we want to know just what those rules say
and what we need to change them to.
We need their contact info, identities, and we need to know which Iowa party rules
exactly need to change and who exactly needs ot change them.
To make ballot initiatives happen, we need to understand exactly what procedures we
need to go through in each ballot-initiative state of interest.
Our sample ballot initiative to reform voting –
is this language going to be legally an OK ballot initiative – in which states,
and in which states will it encounter legal roadblocks and how to overcome them?
We want to be a 501(c)3 nonprofit if possible. But is it possible?
Yes: educational organization. No: lobbying is main purpose.
But the IRS says lobbying is ok if not main purpose, and the key question is
"does asking the D & R parties to change internal rules – not laws, not
ballot initiatives or referenda, but internal party rules – count as "lobbying"
under IRS definitions?"
If we had a good case the answer is "no" then that would help us a lot.
Later note: we believe we've figured out the 501(c)3-related questions now.
But we could use help actually doing the incorporation now. Want to be a Board Member?
Post to our bulletin board saying so.