The Nation Education Association (NEA) has a strong tradition for democratic governance. This is a good thing, as we depend greatly on democratically elected representatives in the course of promoting public education for all.
It follows, that by improving our democratic election systems, we serve the root ideals of the NEA. Below is the simple change in the language of the Standing Rules on elections. The language is kept simple and open to interpretation so that the Elections Committee has the needed flexibility to implement the new system. Additionally, the language takes effect in the following year so that current elections are not changed without warning and to leave time for measured implementation.
NEA Standing Rule 11-7 Language Change
TITLE: To provide for ranked choice/instant runoff voting (IRV) for NEA candidate elections.
Rule 11. Elections Conducted at the Representative Assembly, 7. Voting Procedures
(c) Runoff elections shall be held as necessary until there is an election for each person by majority vote. Notice of runoff elections shall be given by the chairperson of the Elections Committee from the platform during a regularly scheduled business meeting of the Representative Assembly. The chairperson of the Elections Committee shall set, subject to the approval of the Representative Assembly, the hours for all runoff elections. The chairperson of the Elections Committee shall authorize a runoff election by mail ballot of the certified delegates, if it becomes necessary, to assure elections by majority vote.
(c) Effective beginning in 2015, in candidate elections with more than two candidates for a single office, the NEA shall use a ranked choice ballot for voting and shall tally the results of the vote using an instant runoff voting (IRV) system.
The arguments for this fundimental change are varied and can seem quite complex. It is important to note that the US Justice Department, that oversees elections under the 1965 Voting Rights Act has accepted IRV as a better election system for some time. Though it may seen different and new to most, IRV has been around for some time and is used widely throughout the world. Below, you'll find a senopsis of the arguments for this better balloting system.
Voting: New Democracies around the world are voting under amazingly difficult curcomstances and in unprecidented numbers. Yet in the United States, the country that brought democratic governance to the forefront, voting turnout numbers are embarrisingly low nationwide. If elections matter, then voting matters much more.
Here we look at voting as a mechanism and elections as a democratic process.
Instant Runoff Voting Insures a Majority Outcome and Enhances Minority Input.
IRV Mechanics:IRV is different from the majority election systems known and somewhat unstood across the nation. Here we look into the basic mechanics of how the system works and what it provides to the election process.
Educating America: What bucket to the left paints your America? Most of us would probably say that no one color can paint the nation. Yet we continually choose our leadership from a predetirmined bucket in a winner-take-all election system. Here we discuss what the NEA can teach America by adopting a better method and a better ballot.
IRV Media:Let's cut to the chase. What are other people saying about Instant Runoff Voting. This is your quick reference for all things IRV including quick media presentions and links to other areas of our elective culture that are using IRV.
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