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U.S. Green Party leaders call for Instant Runoff Voting

irvLeaders of the Green Party of the U.S. said Monday that voters should push for, and legislators should adopt, Instant Runoff Voting, also called Ranked-Choice Voting, in all at-large elections at the federal and state level.

The Greens said that IRV, which allows voters rank the candidates in order of preference instead of voting for a single candidate, is an effective system for electing a single winner when more than two candidates are on the ballot. IRV ensures that the winner will have majority support and eliminates the alleged danger of “spoiling.”

Laura Wells, the Green Party 2010 nominee for California governor, said, “The U.S. Constitution doesn’t enshrine two parties. We demand fair and open elections in a multi-party democracy. Americans deserve the right to vote for candidates who represent their interests and ideals, without being told that only two candidates or two parties are legitimate.” Wells was part of the team that successfully fought for the implementation of IRV in Oakland.

Green Party of the U.S. national co-chair Sanda Everette said, “Greens have been calling for reforms like IRV since the Green Party was founded. In the wake of the 2000 election, Green nominee Ralph Nader was widely blamed for spoiling and enabling George W. Bush to move into the White House. We’ve challenged those worried about spoiling to demand IRV. Democratic Party leaders have ignored us — which leads us to suspect that Dem[ocratic] politicians would rather lose to Republicans than tolerate multi-party competition.”

Young Greens steering committee member Michael Dennis said, “It’s possible that 2016 will mark the end of two-party politics — or at least a huge crack in the perception that a field limited to two parties is acceptable. Those worried about the spoiler factor because of third-party participation in elections should join the demand for reforms like IRV.”

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Young Greens Youth Caucus seeking applications for Steering Committee

Young GreensThe Young Greens Youth Caucus Steering Committee said via email that the Caucus “is looking for Young Greens to take on leadership responsibility and to serve” on the committee. Applications are being accepted through January 15 via the Young Greens website.

The purpose of the Youth Caucus is to

  • Educate youth about Green politics and recruit more youth to the Green Party
  • Give youth Greens a voice within the GPUS
  • Provide educational and organizational resources for Campus Greens and Young Greens groups
  • Provide resources to caucus members to allow greater youth representation at Green Party related events
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    Stein kicks off Young Greens Rising campaign

    Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein kicked off Young Greens Rising, the youth wing of her campaign, Tuesday evening with a livestreamed question-and-answer session.

    Green-Rainbow Party of Massachusetts Communications Director Katelyn Betrovski hosted the 49-minute session, asking Stein questions submitted online. The full event can be viewed above.

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    Green Party of the United States welcomes Youth Caucus

    The Green Party of the United States issued a press release on December 5th, welcoming the Green Party’s newly accredited Youth Caucus into the party. The Youth Caucus now stands next to the Lavender Caucus, Black Caucus and Women’s Caucus as an official caucus with representation on the Green National Committee. The Latino and Labor Caucuses are still in formation.

    Greens under the age of 35 are encouraged to join the Green Party Youth Caucus by visiting their official website. The full text of the press release is below the fold, or at the link above. Continue Reading