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Lunch and Learn: Democracy Found: Nonpartisan Political Innovation in Wisconsin


Sara Eskrich
Sara Eskrich is the Executive Director of Democracy Found, a Wisconsin-based nonpartisan initiative committed to revitalizing democracy.
Sara previously served on the Madison Common Council, and currently serves as a Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Commissioner. Her career includes roles in the public and private sectors, including at Deloitte Consulting, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Kids Forward, the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, and City Council President Michael P. Ross’ Campaign and Office at the City of Boston.
Sara is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the Robert M. La Follette School and Masters of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Washington is broken. Nothing ever gets done. So, how can we fix our politics? 

Many Americans are horrified about the dysfunction and abysmal results from Washington, D.C., but feel hopeless and disengaged. Democracy Found takes a unique approach—using the Gehl Porter Politics Industry Theory, which applies traditional tools of business analysis to politics and highlights the unhealthy system of political competition—to create a diverse, nonpartisan coalition of leaders committed to reinvigorating our democracy through open, top-five primaries and ranked choice voting in the general election (Final-Five Voting). 

This presentation raises awareness of the underlying analysis and provides a nonpartisan call to action in Wisconsin, for the sake of our democracy. The talk is about politics, but it is not political.
Democracy Found is a Wisconsin-based initiative committed to revitalizing democracy. The organization is nonpartisan, with cross-partisan supporters.

By implementing a system wherein the top five candidates are selected from the primary ballot and ranked choice voting is used in the general election, we will ensure politicians are held accountable for delivering results. This, in turn, will renew each other’s belief that every vote counts and every voice is heard.

Feedback from Past Presentations:
“Gives me hope for the common good.”
“Thanks again for speaking to our group last night. I received a lot of positive feedback from the membership and others in attendance.”
“Everyone needs to hear your message!”
“Very insightful and informative… I have maintained that we fundamentally agree more on 60-70% of issues (polling backs this up). I believe I can use these concepts to further progress my efforts to dialogue with family and friends. I will be looking for ways to become more involved in spreading this message. Thank you!”

Program Resources:
The League’s Statement of Position on Voter Representation/Electoral Systems as adopted by concurrence by the 54th National Convention In June 2020:
LWVUS promotes an open governmental system that is representative, accountable, and responsive. We encourage electoral methods that provide the broadest voter representation possible and are expressive of voter choices.
Whether for single or multiple winner contests, the League supports electoral methods that:
             --Encourage voter participation and voter engagement
             --Encourage those with minority opinions to participate, including under-represented
            --Are verifiable and auditable
            --Promote access to voting
            --Maximize effective votes/minimize wasted votes
            --Promote sincere voting over strategic voting
            --Implement alternatives to plurality voting
           --Are compatible with acceptable ballot-casting methods, including vote-by-mail

Read more about the new League position on Voter Representation/Electoral Reform in the 2020-2022 Impact on Issues: A Guide to Public Policy Positions, p. 47. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM
We will meet via Zoom. A link for the Lunch & Learn will be sent in your confirmation email.

Additional Info:
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