Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center

2019 RCV Symposium

Welcome


Registration


This year we are offering six exciting sessions that focus on all the necessary steps to build a solid foundation for ranked choice voting in any jurisdiction! You may select sessions that are of individual interest to you or you can attend them all. Please note that you must register for each session individually and you will receive a user-specific link for each session. Questions about or issues with registering can be directed to us through our contact link below.


Register 1 Session 1: Demystifying Ranked Choice Voting - Monday, April 29 | 11am EDT

Ranked choice voting is often mischaracterized, even though it's been around for more than a century. This session seeks to cut through the confusion and get clear information on how administering an RCV election is much like any other election method.

Panelists: the RCVRC team


Register 1 Session 2: See How They Run: Campaigning as a Ranked Choice Voting Candidate - Monday, April 29 | 1pm EDT

How does a candidate campaign for an office that's decided using ranked choice voting? What's the experience like? This session features those who have asked to be someone's first choice but if not, their second choice!

Panelists: Doug McCullough, Retired NC Court of Appeals Judge; Betsy Sweet, candidate in the Maine Gubernatorial Primary; Linea Palmisano, Minneapolis City Council; and Grace Ramsey, Director of Outreach for RepresentUs



Register 1 Session 3: RCV in the Legislative Process - Monday, April 29 | 3pm EDT

Our panel of experienced election administrators, elections experts, and advocates will discuss how ranked choice voting gets shepherded through the legislative process

Panelists: Wendy Underhill, Programs Director on Elections and Redistricting for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL); Casey Carl, City Clerk for Minneapolis, MN; Dave O'Brien, Staff Attorney for FairVote; and George Gilbert, Election Administration Consultant for the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center



Register 1 Session 4: Crafting the RCV Message - Tuesday, April 30 | 11am EDT

How do you tell the RCV story? How do you explain it to voters or share with the media? Our panelists will offer their experience conveying messages that may not be easy to understand, developing effective voter education and outreach materials, working with the media, and sharing the message in multiple languages.

Panelists: Bryce McNabb, Filmmaker & Creative Strategist; Kristen Muszynski, Communications Director for Maine Secretary of State; Nancy Lavin, Staff Writer for FairVote; and Maria Perez, Campaigns Manager for Common Cause New Mexico



Register 1 Session 5: RCV by the Numbers - Tuesday, April 30 | 1pm EDT

Take a walk through the data we have on RCV to learn if voters like RCV, if it works as intended, and if it can be sustained as an effective election method for the long haul.

Panelists: Erica Frazier Ph.D, Research Analyst for FairVote


Register 1 Session 6: So, Who Won? Software for Tabulating and Displaying Results for RCV - Tuesday, April 30 | 3pm EDT

This session features updates on advancements in RCV software, including the RCVRC's universal RCV tabulation software, vendor RCV integration, and election night reporting for RCV.

Panelists: Louis Eisenberg, Software Engineer with Bright Spots; J.P. Heisel, Data and Analytics Services with the City of Minneapolis Information Technology Departments; and George Gilbert, Election Administration Consultant for the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center


Print Symposium Agenda

Invited Panelists


Casey Carl

Casey Carl

City Clerk Minneapolis, MN

Casey Carl became the City Clerk of Minneapolis in June 2010 after working in county government in Johnson County, Kansas for more than a decade. As city clerk, Casey is involved in numerous aspects of city governance, but key to his participation as a panelist today is that the City Clerk’s Office conducts elections for Minneapolis. And for the past ten years, those city elections have been conducted using ranked choice voting.

Louis Eisenberg

Louis Eisenberg

Bright Spots

Louis Eisenberg is a software engineering manager at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, where he works on a team developing education technology to deliver personalized learning to schools around the country. He’s also part of Bright Spots, a small group of friends based in the San Francisco Bay Area who have united over their shared commitment to supporting both shorter-term progressive causes and longer-term non-partisan democratic reforms. They identify promising organizations aligned with their values and then seek to amplify the impact of those organizations by contributing financial support or engaging in pro bono specialized projects. Louis and his Bright Spots friends have worked with the RCVRC to develop open source, universal RCV tabulation software.

Erica

Erica Frazier, Ph.D

Research Analyst; FairVote

Erica Frazier specializes in research and data analysis. Before coming to FairVote, She worked extensively in education and political discourse analysis. Frazier graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History and Communications from the University of Arkansas in 2009. From 2009-2011 she served as a Teach For America corps member in New Orleans. She has a master’s degree from the University of Orleans in France, and recently completed a joint dissertation in international politics/foreign languages, cultures and literatures at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland and the University of Orleans.

J.P. Heisel

J.P. Heisel

Business Intelligence Developer; City of Minneapolis, MN

J.P. is a Business Intelligence Developer on the City of Minneapolis’ Data and Analytics Services team. He develops portions of the City’s business intelligence infrastructure, consults on data supply chains, builds visualizations, develops proofs-of-concept for a variety of data-oriented solutions, and conducts civic data research. J.P. enjoys cooking and playing board games in his free time.

Nancy Lavin

Nancy Lavin

Staff Writer; FairVote

As staff writer for FairVote, Nancy Lavin crafts and edits a variety of written content to advance electoral reform, from tweets and blog posts to press releases and op-eds. Lavin comes to FairVote with five years of journalism experience at daily newspapers, first in her native Rhode Island and then in Frederick, Maryland. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with minors in political science and Spanish from the University of Rhode Island.

Doug McCullough

Doug McCullough

Retired Judge, State of NC

In 2010, Doug McCullough was elected to the North Carolina Court of Appeals through the first use of ranked choice voting in the United States since the 1930s. He served until his retirement in 2017. Previously, he served on the Court of Appeals from 2001 to 2008. Other professional achievements include service in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves; legislative counsel to New Mexico Senator Harrison Schmitt; counsel to the U.S. Senate; and also Assistant U.S. Attorney in the eastern district of North Carolina. He has also written a book, Sea of Greed, detailing the events leading up to the U.S. invasion of Panama, his prosecution of dictator Manuel Noriega, and one of the largest drug busts in America's history. McCullough holds an undergraduate degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and J.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Bryce McNabb

Bryce McNabb

Filmmaker, Storyteller & Creative Strategist; EasyCare

Bryce McNabb is a three-time Emmy Award-winning corporate filmmaker, storyteller, and creative consultant. For the past decade, he has helped organizations and businesses clarify their message through the power of video. His mission is to translate business goals into stories that inspire action. He currently serves as the Video Producer for EasyCare.

Kristen Musynski

Kristen Muszynski

Communications Director; Maine Secretary of State Office

Kristen Schulze Muszynski works as the communications director for Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. She is a Maine native with a BA in Communications/Journalism from St. Joseph’s College of Maine and a Master’s of Policy, Planning and Management from the University of Southern Maine. She previously worked for 10 years as a journalist at a small daily newspaper in southern Maine, in a variety of roles from reporter to managing editor. In her current role, Muszynski oversees all aspects of media communication and public education marketing for the department, including social media, animation, audio, video, and special events.

Dave O'Brien

Dave O'Brien

Staff Attorney; FairVote

David O'Brien is a staff attorney at FairVote, where he works on an array of issues including legislation, recounts, legal compliance matters, and contributing to amicus curiae briefs. Before coming to FairVote, he was the senior legal counsel for the Senate of the Republic of Palau. He previously worked as a researcher on The Constitution Project's Task Force on Detainee Treatment and in private practice. O'Brien has a J.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a B.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Studies from Creighton University. He is licensed to practice law in Maryland.

Linea Palmisano

Linea Palmisano

Minneapolis City Council

Council Member Linea Palmisano was elected in November 2013, and has lived in the 13th ward for about 15 years. She has a long history of involvement in the community. Before her election to City Council, she served as board chair of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) and as an assistant track coach at Southwest High School. Additionally, she founded NAVIGATE, an immigrant college access program, served as a board member for the Linden Hills Farmers Market, and successfully advocated for multi-modal transit improvements to our community. Outside of her community activism, her professional experiences include 15 years of private sector experience in roles with IBM Global Services, UnitedHealth Group, and assisting a local small business in its first year of establishment on W 44th Street. During her campaign, Council Member Palmisano spent time in every neighborhood of the community listening to residents to understand the issues that are important to them, including property taxes, the environment, development and density, safety, and a balanced budget. Council Member Palmisano is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (Bachelor of Science), the University of Minnesota (MBA – Strategy and Entrepreneurship), and St. Thomas (Certificate program for Non-Profit Leadership).

Maria Perez

Maria Perez

Campaigns Manager; Common Cause New Mexico

Maria serves as Common Cause NM's Campaigns Manager, working to expand and implement ranked-choice voting (RCV), as well as on other good-government reforms. Maria assists with elected official outreach and community organizing to advance pro-democracy legislation at the state and local level. Maria joined FairVote, another electoral reform organization, in early 2017. In her role as director of FairVote NM, she guided RCV implementation in Santa Fe, which held its first RCV election in March 2018. She also worked with the city of Las Cruces, which will be implementing RCV in November 2019. Born and raised in Ecuador, she immigrated to the United States in the 1990s to pursue a B.S. in Biology, an M.S. in Chinese Medicine, and recently a Master’s in Public Health. With 20 years of experience working on equity and equitable policy, she is a seasoned organizer, facilitator, health care practitioner, advocate, coalition builder and a firm believer in the power of people coming together to address complex social problems.

Grace Ramsey

Grace Ramsey

Director of Outreach; RepresentUs

Grace Ramsey is the Director of Outreach at RepresentUs where she coordinates voter education outreach for state and national reform efforts. Grace began her career as an organizer with FairVote Minnesota’s 2013 Rank Your Vote campaign which focused on educating voters, candidates, and the media about ranked choice voting in Minneapolis’ 2013 municipal elections. Through her work at FairVote Minnesota, Grace honed her passion for voter education and community organizing, leading her to join the FairVote team to continue this work on a national scale. Grace has served on ranked choice voting campaigns in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Oakland, Santa Clara, Santa Fe, and the statewide ballot measure passed in Maine in 2016. Grace is originally from Madison, WI, and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in political science.

Betsy Sweet

Betsy Sweet

Candidate, Maine Gubernatorial Primary

Betsy Sweet is a long-time progressive advocate in the State of Maine. After 35 years working in the statehouse to advance women's rights, civil rights, services for low income people and mental health consumers, Sweet ran for Governor in the 2018 Gubernatorial Primary. She came in a very close 3rd in a seven-way Ranked Choice Primary. She made history by co-endorsing one of her opponents, a strategy that attracted national and international attention. She also was a co-author of Maine's groundbreaking Clean Elections Financing of elections in 1996 and wrote and passed the first Family Medical Leave Act in the nation. She owns an advocacy firm, a counseling and coaching business and lives in Hallowell, Maine with her three daughters.

Wendy Underhill

Wendy Underhill

Director for Elections & Redistricting; National Conference of State Legislatures

Wendy Underhill is the director for elections and redistricting at the National Conference of State Legislatures, headquartered in Denver. She has been with NCSL for eight years. Originally Wendy specialized in research and analysis on elections issues, such as online voter registration, voter ID, voting technology, early voting and more. Most recently Wendy has added redistricting and the census to her portfolio.

RCVRC Team


Gary Bartlett

Gary Bartlett

Executive Director

While serving 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.

Karen Brinson Bell

Karen Brinson Bell

Deputy Director

Since 2006, Karen Brinson Bell has worked in election administration, including four years as Elections Director for Transylvania County, North Carolina, and five years with the North Carolina State Board of Elections Voting Systems Division. She conducted RCV elections at the municipal level in 2007 and 2009 and statewide and at the district level 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 Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) and Brennan Center for Justice. During her time with the RCVRC, Karen has given testimony or analysis about ranked choice voting to officials across the country including Alaska, California, Washington, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and New York City.

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

Policy Director

Chris Hughes is the Policy Director and Counsel for the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center. He makes sure administrators, activists, and policy makers are speaking the same language when it comes to ranked choice voting, from legislative drafting through election day. He has worked on RCV legislation in more than a dozen states and has presented on RCV implementation to the Washington State Association of County Audtiors, the Maryland General Assembly, and others. He also co-produces the RCVRC's podcast, RCV Clips. You can follow him on twitter @thisChrisHughes. Chris is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

George Gilbert

George Gilbert

Election Adminstration Consultant

From 1988-2013, George served as Director of Elections for Guilford County, NC, a jurisdiction with over 360,000 registered voters and including the cities of Greensboro and High Point. During his tenure, George administered over 65 elections including 7 presidential elections. George was a nationally Certified Election/Registration Administrator (CERA) with the Election Center and Auburn University. In 2001 and 2005, he served 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. Prior to his service in Guilford County, he spent six years as a Legislative Assistant in the United States Senate and two years as a research assistant in the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress.

Rosemary Blizzard

Rosemary Blizzard

Business Manager

Rosemary began her election career in 1999 as a director for Duplin County, NC. From 2004-2011, she worked with the NC State Board of Elections as Voting Registration Director and as a District Elections Technician. During that time, she helped the state's 100 counties implement HAVA (Help America Vote Act) and assisted with a statewide rollout of voting equipment in 2006. Prior to joining the Resource Center, Rosemary also served as a director for Wayne County, NC and worked as a staff accountant for a full service CPA firm.

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