PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION

October 15, 1996
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IN RECENT YEARS, FEWER AND FEWER PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TURNING OUT AT THE POLLS, PERHAPS BECAUSE THEY FEEL AS IF THEIR VOTE DOESN’T MATTER, PERHAPS BECAUSE THE CANDIDATES THEY LIKE MOST DON’T STAND A CHANCE AGAINST A WEALTHY OPPONENT. WELL, THERE ARE EFFORTS UNDER WAY NATIONWIDE IN THIS ELECTION YEAR TO REFORM THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM IN ORDER TO INCREASE THE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE VOTING AND TO INCREASE THE DIVERSITY OF VOICES IN THE POLITICAL SYSTEM. ONE OF THOSE EFFORTS CONCERNS PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION. A SYSTEM WIDELY USED IN VARIOUS EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. IN WHICH VOTERS GET TO RANK THE CANDIDATES. IN ITS BIGGEST TEST TO DATE, A FORM OF PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION CALLED PREFERENCE VOTING WILL BE ON THE BALLOT IN SAN FRANCISCO THIS NOVEMBER.

Guests:
FORMER POLICE COMMISSIONER GWEN CRAIG CHAIRED THE TASK FORCE THAT GOT THE MEASURE DRAFTED AND APPROVED.

RUTH PICON IS A JUDICIAL INVESTIGATOR AND A MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA LATINO CIVIL RIGHTS NETWORK.

HOWARD WALLACE IS A UNION ORGANIZER AND LONG TIME BAY AREA GAY ACTIVIST


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