Our group name and identity
We have all met each other and come a long way working under the name Ranked Choice Voting for Oregon, (RCV OR.)
This was a group that was started by Alan Zundel with the original intention of promoting IRV in Benton County. He has been following the emergence of SRV on the scene and likes it as well, possibly even more than IRV in some ways. We have his permission to keep on using the name RCV OR in solidarity with him and people working on RCV related reforms around the State.
As many of you know a small group of 4 splintered off March 2nd and started their own IRV only group using our local group's name, RCV-PDX. (We had been working as Ranked Choice Voting Portland/RCV Portland.) They did so without consent or feedback from the group after their plan was voted down. They are not open to changing their name so as to avoid confusion but their group is much smaller than ours. We have well over 300's on the RCV OR fb main page, 88 in the RCV OR Discussion Group and had 67 on our RCV Portland page which is now re-branded as Madeline's broader Election Reform PDX page. The splinter group, RCV-PDX on fb has 26 likes.
As a result we are open to the idea of a name change for our group as well as keeping our current name. If we do want to make a change a few points have already been decided. We are not going to limit our identity to being specific to IRV or SRV only. Groups like that already exist for both reforms. We are not going to expand our identity to include other types of election reforms even if we support them. If you have ideas about good names for this group moving forward we'd love to brainstorm and discuss! As this movement progresses subgroups will probably evolve to represent and work towards local reforms but this group is ultimately aimed at an Oregon wide voting reform initiative. Our name should include Oregon.
A few ideas from the Steering Committee to get the brainstorm started:
Oregon Voting Reform, Ranked Choice Voting OR, Vote Your Conscience OR...