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Election Related Story?

We have the knowledge and credibility to provide expert contributions to your election-related story. Let us know how we can help! For media inquiries, please contact our Director of Operations and Programs, Caitlyn Alley Peña (Contact E-mail).

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Potential Story Ideas

Where's the Competition? — Learn why your options are limited and how elections can be more competitive.

Why the Extreme Candidates? — Learn why we're likely to have candidates like Trump rather than moderates for the general election.

Why Do We Have Only Two Parties? — Learn about Duverger's Law and how the US system encourages two parties.

How Can We Fix the Wasted Vote Fear? — Learn why voters fear wasting their vote on independents and third parties and how do we fix it.

Why Isn't My Candidate Debating? — Learn about the debate system and how it can be fixed.

Debunking 5 Election Myths — Learn about myths such as what "one person, one vote" means, why independent commissions don't solve the issues behind gerrymandering, why a runoff doesn't guarantee a majority winner, why the wasted voted issue is not inherent to voting, and why Arrow's Impossibility Theorem doesn't mean what you think it means.

TV/Video

You can find videos on our YouTube channel. And you can see our appearances that were televised on Free Speech TV here:

Free & Equal Electoral Reform Symposium (2014 2015)

 

Radio

We've been on a number of radio stations including NPR affiliates. Below is an interview we did with 80,000 Hours.

 

Print

Our articles have been published through Independent Voter Network, Democracy Chronicles , Deadspin, The New Citizens Press, and Nonprofit Professional.

We've also been quoted by MSNBC.com, Inside Philanthropy, Popular Mechanics, and the Washington Examiner.

Quotes you can take:

"Our choose-one voting method is an out of date disaster. It causes support to divide between similar candidates, prefers partisan winners, and creates a barrier to entry for new candidates and their ideas. Our terrible voting method is why our democracy is so broken." - Aaron Hamlin, Executive Director of The Center for Election Science at electionscience.org.

"If you want people to vote meaningfully, then you can't have them worry about whether they're wasting their vote on their favorite candidate. You avoid this wasted vote fear by letting people vote for—not rank—as many candidates as they want, even when there's only one winner. This is called approval voting. It's the easiest and most impacting electoral reform there is."  - Aaron Hamlin, Executive Director of The Center for Election Science at electionscience.org.

 

Contact Bios

Aaron Hamlin

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Aaron Hamlin is the executive director and co-founder of The Center for Election Science. He's been featured as an electoral systems expert on MSNBC.com, NPR, Free Speech TV, Inside Philanthropy, 80K Hours, Popular Mechanics, and has given talks across the country on voting methods. He has written for Deadspin, USA Today Magazine, Independent Voter Network, and others. Additionally, Aaron is a licensed attorney with two additional graduate degrees in the social sciences.

 

Organizational Summary

Founded in 2011, The Center for Election Science is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to helping the world use better election systems. We study and advance alternative voting methods, with an emphasis on a method called approval voting. We’re passionate about voting methods because the collective decisions we make through voting dramatically impact our day-to-day lives. Smarter collective decisions, whether in government or in private organizations, promise to provide us all with a better quality of life. 
 

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