Almost 75,000 voters voted YES on Measure 20-290

11/6/18 Election Results: 

20-290 Score Then Automatic Runoff

aka. STAR Voting for Lane County


Yes: 74,408      42.0%

No: 82,157      46.4%    

Abstain: 20,534     11.6%

Total 156,565 / 177,099


This is just the beginning. 


Divisiveness and partisanship in our political system have grown to historic and unacceptable levels. Candidates shape their messages to one political base or another, but fail to talk to We The People as a whole. We believe that how we vote is at the root of this political dysfunction, and that STAR Voting offers the true potential to begin the healing of our politics by offering us all an equal and expressive voice in the process.

Some reasons to use STAR Voting instead of our current method:

STAR is fair to all candidates and voters
STAR allows voters to listen to more candidates,
and STAR allows candidates to listen to more voters

STAR lets voters express their views more fully

STAR eliminates the bother and cost of two elections

The initiative would have replaced our antiquated top-two two election system for county offices with the best-in-class STAR Voting system - an incredibly accurate single election system that gives every voter an equal voice about all the candidates running for office.
Join us, get involved, and help us adopt STAR Voting for Lane County our next initiative for 2020. 


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    Post election press release


    Lane County petitioners celebrate historic first campaign to institute STAR Voting

    Eugene, OR November 7, 2018 Campaign organizers and volunteers gathered Tuesday night to watch the election returns roll in for the world’s first campaign to institute STAR Voting in public elections. STAR Voting would have replaced Lane County’s “Top Two” primary/general election system with a single November election using STAR Voting. STAR Voting allows voters to support candidates on a 0-5 scale, and elects the majority favorite between the two top-scoring candidates. Although the final tally was 42.0% in favor and 46.4% opposed, with 11.6% abstaining, campaign supporters were jubilant.

    “Almost 75,000 Lane County voters chose YES to support a fundamentally new political process,” said Co-Petitioner Mark Frohnmayer. “This result, for a brand new system that many voters only learned about when they received their ballots three weeks ago, is simply phenomenal. It speaks to voters’ frustration with the political status quo, the long term political viability, and the common sense accessibility of the STAR Voting reform. We are deeply grateful for the incredible support from our volunteer team and our peers around the county. We’re just getting started.”

    If measure 20-290 had passed, Lane County, OR would have been the first in the world to adopt a voting method in which every citizen’s vote carries equal voting power. The fundamental inequality with the current “Chose-One-Only” ballot comes from vote-splitting, where similar candidates can leave supporters divided and conquered, allowing a candidate who was opposed by the majority to win. Vote splitting is at the root of the Spoiler Effect, which then leads to polarization, strategic voting, and wasted votes.

    Campaign manager Sara Wolf had this to say, “Voters we talked with were overwhelmingly positive and supportive of STAR Voting once they had the chance to learn about it. Unfortunately, we did hear from a number of voters who had left the question blank on their ballots due to confusion on the ballot language. The ballot title referred to Score-Then-Automatic-Runoff Voting but didn’t use the more common name, STAR Voting. The number of voters who left the question blank was more than double the amount needed to have secured a win, so this may have been a significant factor.”

    “This narrow loss has stoked our fire and has left us hungry for more. We went into this as impassioned and inspired election reformers. We came out seasoned organizers with a stellar proposal, top-notch educational materials, a committed canvassing team, and over 70,000 new fans. This is only the beginning. Look out 2020!”

    The campaign plans to “Open Source” all of the educational materials it created as a STAR as a campaign starter kit for reformers around the country. 


    20-290 Score Then Automatic Runoff

    aka. STAR Voting for Lane County  


    Yes: 74408    42.0%

    No: 82157      46.4%

    Abstain: 20534   11.6%

    Total votes: 156565


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    I attended the NW permaculture convergence , Sara Wolf presented Star Voting. She did a great job explaining how it works and the conveying the significance.

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