ACLU to present forum on ‘electoral dysfunction’

Waterford — The American Civil Liberties Union of Southeastern Connecticut will present a forum titled “Electoral Dysfunction and Some Possible Remedies” on Wednesday at the Waterford Public Library.

The 7 p.m. forum, co-sponsored by Common Cause of Connecticut and The League of Women Voters of Southeastern Connecticut, is free and open to the public.

The main subjects will be Instant Runoff Voting, a ranked choice voting system used in a growing number of American elections, and the National Popular Vote, a system that awards votes to presidential candidates based on votes received rather than the Electoral College System. Connecticut is considering joining the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), an agreement among several states to replace rules on the apportionment of presidential electors.

Forum speakers are: Caleb Kleppner, a senior analyst specializing in election administration and vice president of True Ballot, Inc., Northeast Region; Luther Weeks, executive director of CTVOTERSCOUNT; Andy Schatz, president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and member of the board and executive committee of the national ACLU; and Cheri Quickmire, executive director of Common Cause Connecticut.

Former state Rep. Claire Sauer will moderate the forum.

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