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Sender: "Debilyn Molineaux, Living Room Conversations"
Subject: Citizen Panels coming to NCDD conference
Date: Sun, Aug 24, 2014
Msg: 101142

Healthy Democracy offers a Citizen's Initiative Review that has been around for three (?) election cycles, using citizen panelists to review facts, interview proponents and opponents of ballot measures, then make a recommendation to fellow citizens, which is publicized and printed in the voter pamphlet.

What other citizen engagement programs in political decision making do you know about? How does it move us beyond partisanship? How large is this aspect of our field?

Debilyn Molineaux, Managing Partner Living Room Conversations debilyn@livingroomconversations.org

Late Wednesday evening, a cross-section of Oregon voters concluded their three-and-a-half day review of Ballot Measure 90, which would change Oregon's primary elections process, and released their findings and recommendations. A majority of the panelists (14/19) voted to oppose the measure, and their findings will appear in the Official Voters' Guide this November.

A panelist from Eugene said, "I'm proud to be on the cutting edge of Oregon's voting process. I think we're going to be setting something for other states to follow." The nineteen panelists, who were randomly selected to match the demographics of the state, heard from proponents and opponents of the measure and had the opportunity to ask questions and deliberate before producing a Citizens' Statement to inform their fellow voters. The Citizens' Statement gives voters key facts about the measure, as well as arguments for and against its passage. A panelist from Salem said, "It's been a pleasure to meet people from all over the state and have a very frank and open discussion."

Read the final report and check out coverage in:

The Portland Tribune The Oregonian KTVZ (Centeral Oregon)

P.S. To stay up-to-date with the latest news and CIR results, join the conversation on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

P.P.S. Interested in supporting the Citizens' Initiative Review with a contribution? Click here to donate today.

Stay tuned for the results of the Citizens' Initiative Review on Measure 92. Results will be available at 5:30pm on August 24.

Healthy Democracy 519 SW Park Avenue, Suite 602 Portland OR 97205

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