Voting Reform Talk and Q&A with Aaron Hamlin in Berkeley

Thursday, November 29, 2018 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Aaron Hamlin will be giving a version of his talk from this year's London EAG, followed by a Q&A.

The talk will be held from 7pm - 8:30pm at the Berkeley REACH, 3045 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704.

Aaron is the executive director of The Center for Election Science, which studies and advances better voting methods. He has two graduate degrees in the social sciences and a law degree. He's written articles for publications such as Deadspin, USA Today Magazine, and Independent Voter Network. He's been featured in Popular Mechanics; NPR;; and 80,000 Hours for his expertise on voting methods.

Talk Title:
The plurality pandemic: eradicating a worldwide electoral disease

Talk Description:
Our choose-one voting method (plurality) plagues both old and new democracies. It tends to elect poor leaders while marginalizing and restricting good ideas. One simple alternative voting method, approval voting, addresses many of plurality’s failures simply by letting voters choose all the candidates they approve of. Approval voting is now being attempted in the US. If successful, there’s no reason why it can’t spread internationally.

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