The National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers opened nominations for Breakthrough Reform Projects from June 2018 to August 24, 2018. The Review Committee received a total of sixty-five submissions from organizations, campaigns, and individuals across the country. The committee is comprised of:
Each submission was reviewed by at least two committee members using the evaluation criteria (below). The evaluations were then discussed among the entire committee. Committee members were prohibited from reviewing or commenting on any proposal in which they participated.
All submissions were then sent to Honorary Co-Chairs Katherine M. Gehl and Michael E. Porter for final review with the committee’s feedback.
We received 65 impressive submissions. Four submissions were selected as finalists and six were selected as honorable mentions. These submissions will be presented at an upcoming meeting between board members and potential funders. Additionally, the board is considering endorsement requests for many of the nominated projects.
The evaluation criteria used by the review committee included the following questions:
Create a scalable fund to catalyze funding of state and local groups and campaigns through early matching gift incentives and commitments of fundraising support, focal point will be on projects advancing ranked choice voting and open primaries
Submitted by: FairVote, Independent Voter Project, OpenPrimaries.
The below proposals spotlight the deep reform thinking across the nation, as reflected in the full sixty-five submissions.
The project focuses on an existing campaign in Lane County (OR) in November 2018 to adopt STAR Voting (scoring candidates, followed by an automatic runoff of top two candidates based on relative rating), and possible future STAR voting campaign in Multnomah County (OR).
Submitted by: Equal Vote Coalition.