Steve Chessin, the President of Californians for Electoral Reform (CfER) will be the featured speaker at the Lamorinda Democratic Club's Thursday, April 14, 2011, meeting. The meeting will be held at a special location: the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette.

Chessin will discuss everything you wanted to know about Ranked Choice Voting/Instant Runoff Voting, but were afraid to ask.

The club's social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a business meeting at 7:15 p.m., and Chessin's presentation to begin at 8 p.m. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.

CfER is an organization that has been educating and advocating on behalf of alternative electoral systems, including instant runoff voting (IRV) and various forms of proportional representation, since its founding in 1993.

Chessin joined CfER at its founding. He was elected to the organization's board in 1995 and has serveda s President or Co-President since 1999. He is also active with the California Democratic Party, serving on the State Central Committee since 1986, the Santa Clara County Central Committee since 1990, and the Party's State Executive Board since 1993.

Chessin was the prime mover behind Santa Clara County's successful 1998 charter amendment allowing the county to use IRV in county elections. He is also active with the League of Women Voters and was partially responsible for the California LWV adopting a position in favor of IRV.

Chessin lives in Mountain View with his wife and daughter. In his day job he is a software engineer. His hobby is politics.

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