The Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center provides a compilation of best practices and first-hand experiences from jurisdictions that have used this method of voting. This website and overall project serve as a resource for voters, election administrators, policy makers, and candidates.
The initial project team brought more than 100 years of election practice together to meet this objective. Having worked together overseeing statewide, municipal, and district court instant runoff voting (IRV) elections, the project team realized limited information was available regarding the administration of and education about ranked choice voting. To address this lack of information, the project team sought to develop a content-rich site to create a single resource to share ideas, develop best practices, overcome hurdles, and deliver exceptional election administration.
Having served as the NC State Board of Elections Executive Director for 20 years, Gary moved the state to the national forefront of election administration. The agency developed innovative and efficient processes and gained national recognition as a model in managing voter registration at non-election offices such as DMV, establishing one of the first certification programs for election officials, conducting wellness checks to ensure compliance and uniformity in the county election offices, and was the first state elections office in the US to implement technology to ensure voters receive the proper ballots. Also during his tenure, NC conducted the first statewide instant runoff voting election in the era of modern voting machines. Gary has served on numerous federal boards and commissions. He continues to be featured as a panelist and recognized authority regarding election administration.
From 1988-2013, George served as Director of Elections to the Guilford County Board of Elections. It is a jurisdiction of more than 360,000 registered voters and includes the cities of Greensboro and High Point, North Carolina. During his 25 years in this position, George administered more than 65 elections including seven presidential elections.
George was a nationally Certified Election/Registration Administrator (CERA) through the Election Center and Auburn University. He served during 2001 and 2005 on the Election Center’s Ad Hoc Task Force on Election Law Reform and, from 2007-2012, Co-chaired the Legislative Committee of the National Association of Election Officials (NAEO).
George testified before congressional committees on multiple occasions and participated in election related workshops sponsored by the National Academies of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Pew Trust for the States. He also participated in Election Assistance Commission working groups in the development of best practices publications issued by the EAC and served on the N.C. Uniformity Standards working group.
Preceding his service in Guilford County, he spent six years as a Legislative Assistant in the United States Senate. This service was preceded by two years as a research assistant in the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C.
Karen Brinson Bell
Karen’s elections career spans more than 10 years, including four years as Elections Director for Transylvania County, NC, and five years with the NC State Board of Elections Voting Systems Division. During her tenure, she helped administer instant runoff (IRV) elections for the City of Hendersonville in 2007 and 2009, a district court IRV election in 2010, and a statewide IRV election for a NC Court of Appeals seat in 2010. A certified project management professional (PMP), Karen has also completed coursework towards the Election Center’s CERA designation, is a certified NC Elections Administrator, and has participated in panels and reports for the EAC and Brennan Center for Justice.
From September 1995 to December 2004, Connie served as Election Commissioner for Johnson County, Kansas. She worked in local government in Johnson County for a total of 31 years. Since 2005 she has owned an election consulting business and has provided consulting services to numerous local, state and federal election agencies. She has provided consulting services to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and served as the co-project manager for the EAC’s Election Management Guidelines and Quick Start Guides. At the national level, she served as the chair of the Professional Education Program Certification Board for The Election Center, and as a member of the NASED Voting Systems Standards Board. She earned the designation of Certified Election Registration Administrator (CERA) in 2002.
In December 2004 she received the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion Award for outstanding service to American democracy. In August 2005 she received a Lifetime Membership Award from the Election Center, Inc., and in August 2007 she received the Election Hall of Fame Award from The Election Center, Inc.
In 2013 she provided election consulting services to the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, including planning for their November RCV municipal election.
To learn more about the team and our work, watch our May 2017 Introduction to the RCVRC Webinar here: