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What is Fusion Voting? What will it mean for Oregon?
Friday, January 12, 2007 - 3:30pm

What: Forum on Fusion

Daniel Cantor, Executive Director of the Working Families Party of New York, a minor party in a state which has utilized fusion voting more extensively than any other state.
Ben Westlund, State Senator, Deschutes County (SD 27)
Chip Shields, State Representative, Multnomah County (HD 43)
Melody Rose, PSU Professor of Political Science
Moderator: Regina Lawrence, Chair, PSU Political Science Dept.

The newly elected Oregon Legislature will consider a bill in the upcoming session which would restore a voting system called fusion voting which permits more than one party to nominate the same candidate. Votes from the different parties are tallied separately, and then combined for that candidate's total. To quote a European parliamentarian, fusion is America's version of proportional representation, which involves forming coalitions before rather than after the election. It eliminates the "spoiler" and "wasted vote" syndromes which plague minor parties in Oregon's present electoral system.

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