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A More Democratic Society: The Right to Vote and the Right to Privacy

  • Congregational Church of Sunnyvale 1112 South Bernardo Avenue Sunnyvale, CA, 94087 United States (map)

Join us to learn about two timely issues affecting our ability to participate in a democratic society: how electoral reform can more meaningfully guarantee the right to vote, and how we can protect our right to data privacy.

Steve Chessin of Californians for Election Reforms will speak about fairer election methods that can guarantee proportional representation to underrepresented groups such as women and ethnic, linguistic, or political minorities. These methods include party list voting and the ranked-choice Single Transferable Vote (STV) system. The city of Santa Clara has given tentative approval to putting the issue of STV on the ballot, and Menlo Park may have the opportunity to consider this in the future.

Privacy and digital rights advocate Rhona Mahony will lead us in a data privacy workshop. Bring your phones and laptops! As our world has become increasingly digital and interconnected over the last few decades, that interconnectedness has also meant increased vulnerability to hacking and surveillance - whether by governments or corporations. As activists, it's on us to stay current on the best ways to mitigate those threats.

NOTE: We have postponed our event featuring CD-10 swing district candidate Dotty Nygard because she was called to do flood relief work in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We thank her for her dedication and humanitarianism, and hope to see her soon!