Endorsements

We will need the strength of local organizations to change the voting system in Kansas City.  If your group is willing to join our coalition calling for Instant Runoff Voting for KC and beyond, please let us  know!  Email us now, come to our next meeting, or call Mel at 816-260-6002.

Also, don't forget to sign our petition and show the mayor and city council that you support IRV!

Endorsements of IRV for KC:

Greens of Kansas City 

- The Kansas City Libertarian Party 

Reclaim Democracy - Kansas City

- Jason Kander, Missouri State Representative, 44th District - http://www.jasonkander.com/ 

- The Progressive Party of Missouri - http://www.progressivepartymo.org/ 

Jake Zimmerman, Missouri State Representative, District 83

- The Libertarian Party of Missouri - http://www.lpmo.org/

Friends of Community Media, Kansas City

- Airick Leonard West, Kansas City school board http://www.kcu4ea.org/index.php

- Phil Lindsey, election activist http://www.showmethevote.org/

- Friends of Community Media, http://www.ourfcm.org/

National Supporters of Instant Runoff Voting

(from Fairvote)

Elected Officials

Federal Officeholders

 Statewide Officeholders

State Legislative and Local Officeholders

Organizational Endorsements

League of Women Voters Chapters

Political Parties

Other Organizations

  • Alliance for Democracy
  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
  • American Reform Party
  • Banneker Center for Economic Justice
  • Boston VOTE
  • Brookings Institution: Opportunity 08 Project
  • Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Citizens for Legitimate Government
  • Common Cause (VT & MA)
  • The Grange, Vermont Chapter
  • National Association of State PIRGs
  • New America Foundation Political Reform Program
  • Sierra Club & Sierra Student Coalition
  • Texans for Public Justice, Austin, TX
  • Voter March

State and Local Campaign Endorsements

Individual Endorsements

  • Kathleen Barber, Professor Emerita, John Carroll University and former chair, Cuyahoga County Charter Commission
  • Harriet S. Barlow, Director, HKH Foundation 
    Ted Becker, Alumni Professor of Political Science, Auburn University
  • Medea Benjamin, Founding Director, Global Exchange
  • Jim Blacksher, Civil Rights Attorney, Alabama
  • Bart Bouricius
    [Read his testimony to the Connecticut House of Representatives]
  • Ken Bresler, columnist and former Massachusetts state legislative candidate
  • John C. Brittain, Dean, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University*
  • Dennis Burke, Writer and former executive director, Arizona Common Cause
  • Peter Camejo, 2004 Green Party candidate for VP, California Green Party gubernatorial candidate
    [Read Camejo's statement in support of IRV]
  • Dan Cantor, Executive Director, Working Families Party*
  • Steve Cheifetz, Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust*
  • David Cobb, 2004 Green Party Presidential nominee
    [Read about Cobb's support of IRV]
  • Steve Cobble, Former Political Director, National Rainbow Coalition
  • Jeff Cohen, Author and Media Critic
  • Richard DeLeon, Department of Political Science, San Francisco State University*
  • Derek Cressman, Democracy Program Director, National Association of State PIRGs
  • Ron Daniels, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Lisa Disch, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Ronnie Dugger, Founder and First Co-Chair, Alliance for Democracy
  • David Eliscu, Western Connecticut Green Party
  • Dave Enrich, Citizens for True Democracy
  • Ralph Estes, Center for Advancement of Public Policy
  • Frances Fox-Piven, Graduate Center, City University of New York*
  • John Gibson, Common Bonds*
  • John Glasel, Past President, American Federation of Musicians’ Local 802 (NYC)*
  • Ted Glick, Independent Progressive Politics Network
  • Bill Gram-Reefer, Worldview
  • Dr. William Grover, Chair, Political Science Department at St. Michael's College
  • Lani Guinier, Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Doris “Granny D” Haddock
  • Dan Hamburg, Former U.S. Congressman and Executive Director, Voice of the Environment*
  • Thom Hartmann, Host of the nationally syndicated radio show "The Thom Hartmann Program"
    [Read an excerpt about IRV from Thom Hartmann's book]
  • Howie Hawkins, Green Party, Syracuse, New York
  • Ronald Hayduk, Assistant Professor, City University of New York
  • Hendrik Hertzberg, senior editor, The New Yorker
  • Jim Hoaglund, VoterMarch*
  • Gerald Horne, Attorney, Author and Activist
  • Evelyn Jerome, past president, Los Angeles County Young Democrats
  • Neal Jesse, Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University*
  • Mark P. Jones, Associate Professor, Michigan State University
  • Sheila Jordan, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, Hayward, California
  • David Kairys, Professor of Law, Temple University*
  • David Dyssegaard Kallick, Former Social Policy editor
  • Randy Kehler, Alliance for Democracy*
  • Alex Keyssar, Professor of History, Duke University*
  • Jerry Arthur Knight, Judge Hubert L. Will Chapter, American Veterans Committee
  • David C. Korten, Author of When Corporations Rule the World
  • Saul Landau, Institute for Policy Studies*
  • Kay Lawson, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University
  • David Lawrence, Professor of Political Science, Fordham University
  • Daniel Lazare, Journalist and Author of The Frozen Republic (1996)
  • Michael Lewyn, Professor, John Marshall Law School, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Arend Lijphart, Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California, San Diego*
  • Phillip Macklin, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Miami University* / Chair, Governance Committee of Oxford, Ohio League of Women Voters*
  • Robert McKay, San Francisco
  • Kevin McKeown, City Councilmember, Santa Monica, California
  • Michael Morrill, Pennsylvania Consumer Action Network
  • Dr. Ted Mosch, University of Tennessee-Martin
  • Jon Moscow, Co-Director, Amber Charter School, New York City
  • Steven Mulroy, University of Memphis Law School
  • Phil Tajitsu Nash, Asian American Studies Program, University of Maryland*
  • Wayne Peak, Political Scientist, Colorado State University
  • William Peltz, Capital District Labor-Religion Coalition, Albany, New York*
  • Joseph G. Peschek, Political Science, Hamline University
  • George Pillsbury, Bostonvote*
  • Lewis Pitts, Director, Advocates for Children's Services, Legal Services of North Carolina*
  • John Rapp, Professor of Political Science, Beloit College*
  • Jamin Raskin, Professor of Constitutional Law, American University*
  • Scott Rasmussen, Independent Public Opinion Analyst
  • Willie Ratcliff, Publisher, San Francisco Bay View newspaper
  • Juan C. Ros, Executive Director, Libertarian Party of California
  • John Rensenbrink, Founder Maine Green Independent Party; Author: Against All Odds: the Green Transformation of American Politics (Leopold Press, 1999)
  • Richard Rider, President, Economy Telcom*
  • Joel Rogers, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Mark E. Rush, Associate Professor of Politics, Washington and Lee University
  • Paul Ryder, Ohio Citizen Action*
  • Donald Shaffer, Member and Board of Directors, NYCLU*; Co-Chair, New Politics Club of Long Island*
  • Matthew Singer, Montana YMCA Youth and Government Youth Governor 2000-2001
  • James R. Simmons, Chair, Political Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh*
  • Bill Smaldone, City Councilor, Salem, Oregon
  • Sam Smith, Editor, The Progressive Review
  • Ed Snyder, Friends Committee on National Legislation Executive Secretary Emeritus
    [Read a letter about IRV by Snyder to Maine legislators (.rtf 5.29kB)]
  • Tony Solgard, Chair, FairVote Minnesota
  • Bill Spelman, Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas; and former member, Austin City Council
  • Aaron Starr, Chairman, Libertarian Party of California
  • Jean Stein, editor, Grand Street Magazine*
  • David Stern, Stern Family Fund
  • Edward Still, Voting and Elections Attorney, Washington, DC
  • Rein Taagepera, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of California, Irvine
  • Nicolaus Tideman, Professor of Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University*
  • Michael Twombly, Executive Director, Northwest Democracy Institute
  • Father Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J., Director Peace and Justice Programs, Xavier University
  • Dr. Gerald R. Webster, Professor of Geography, University of Alabama*
  • Leonard Williams, Department of History and Political Science, Manchester College
  • Robert Winters, Harvard University Department of Mathematics*
  • David Zavon, political fairness activist, Cinncinnati
  • Joseph Zimmerman, Professor of Political Science, State University of New York at Albany
  • Representative David Zuckerman, Vermont State House

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