Make Voting Count: Election Day Alternative Voting Experiment

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Date(s) - 11/06/2012
6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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***SEE UPDATE BELOW*** On Election Day, Tuesday November 6, 2012, the Political and Electoral Reform group will be conducting an alternative voting experiment at polling places in Manhattan’s 69th State Assembly District. The group has been granted credentials from the NYC Board of Elections to conduct the exit-poll style experiment inside the city’s official polling places.

The survey-style experiment allows us to compare three alternative voting methods with the traditional method employed in the United States. Participants in the experiment will answer a single question, reproducing a portion of the official ballot, under four different voting methods. This will allow us to compare how the same sample of voters act differently, at both the individual and aggregate level, when not constrained by the logic of the traditional voting method. The experiment compares plurality voting (traditional method) with approval voting, range voting and ranked choice voting.

The group will be sending teams of two people to official polling sites throughout the 69th Assembly District, which is on the West Side and stretches from 80th Street to 125th Street, and from Riverside Drive to Central Park West. After voters have cast their ballots at the polling sites, team members will ask if they would like to participate in the experimental survey. The test is conducted using both electronic tablets and paper ballots.

For more information about the voting experiment, see our website: http://www.paercom.net/

If you would like to volunteer to help conduct the experiment, please email us at paerwg@gmail.com, and write “MVC Volunteer” in the subject line.

[UPDATE #3: It's election day! We're going to be out all day today conducting this small experiment in alternative voting methods. If you would like to join us, we will be at one of two separate staging areas in the district that are very close to one another. From 6:30am to 9:30am we will be at Straus Park, which is located at the intersection of Broadway and 106th Street. From 9:30am until evening, we will be set up at Toast Restaurant, which is a block away at 2737 Broadway, the corner of 105th Street and Broadway. (Toast has two locations in the area, this is the downtown location.) At Toast we will be in the booth in the "upstairs" area. The nearest subway is the 1 train, which stops at 103rd Street and Broadway. The 2 and 3 express trains run to 96th street and Broadway.]

We will be holding volunteer training sessions later this week and early next week for all who are interested in helping out. If you can make it to one, please stop by. They will be held:

  • Friday, November 2nd, 6-8pm at 60 Wall Street Atrium
  • Saturday, November 3rd, 2-4pm at Union Square Occupy Event
  • Sunday, November 4th, 3-5pm at 60 Wall Street Atrium
  • Monday, November 5th, 6-8pm at 60 Wall Street Atrium

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/281274571989041/

UPDATE: DUE TO THE CHAOS CAUSED BY THE STORM WE WILL NO LONGER BE MEETING AT THE ORIGINALLY POSTED TIMES AND PLACES. INSTEAD WE WILL MEET:

FRIDAY IN TIMES SQUARE FROM 6-8PM, IN FRONT OF THE RED BLEACHERS

SATURDAY AFTERNOON WE ARE MEETING AT THE APARTMENT OF ONE OF OUR VOLUNTEERS. FOR DETAILS ON EXACT TIME AND PLACE, PLEASE EMAIL: paerwg@gmail.com

FURTHER UPDATES FOR SUNDAY AND MONDAY TO FOLLOW.

UPDATE #2: For Sunday and Monday

On Sunday, tomorrow, we will be at the Atrium at 60 Wall Street from 3-7pm, or even later if some folks can only show up by 6:30 or so. So come by there if you can make it.

On Monday, we will be at the Atrium at 60 Wall Street from 6-7pm, and then we are going to head over to the Goldman Sucks Victory Party, which is going on from 7-9pm, and potentially do another training session there if others at that event are interested.

One Response to “Make Voting Count: Election Day Alternative Voting Experiment”

  1. tim

    It’s election day! We’re going to be out all day today conducting this small experiment in alternative voting methods. If you would like to join us, we will be at one of two separate staging areas in the district that are very close to one another. From 6:30am to 9:30am we will be at Straus Park, which is located at the intersection of Broadway and 106th Street. From 9:30am until evening, we will be set up at Toast Restaurant, which is a block away at 2737 Broadway, the corner of 105th Street and Broadway. (Toast has two locations in the area, this is the downtown location.) At Toast we will be in the booth in the “upstairs” area. The nearest subway is the 1 train, which stops at 103rd Street and Broadway. The 2 and 3 express trains run to 96th street and Broadway.

    If you would like to help conduct the test, we can provide last minute training sessions on site.