Center for Election Science

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The Center for Election Science (CES or C4ES[1]) is an American 501(c)(3) electoral reform advocacy organization.[2][3][4][5] It mainly advocates for approval voting[6], and doesn't appear to be on track to hit its goal is to implement approval voting in at least 5 cities with 50,000 people by 2022.[7] However, it was instrumental in getting Fargo, North Dakota and St. Louis, Missouri to implement approval voting, and is funding chapters all over the United States of America.


The Center for Election Science has affiliations with organizations all over the United States. More about these organizations can be found on the official website.[8]


see also: Eastern United States, Advocacy/United States/Eastern


see also: Central United States, Advocacy/United States/Central


see also: Mountain United States, Advocacy/United States/Mountain


see also: Pacific United States, Advocacy/United States/Pacific

Other stuff


Wikipedia has an article on:

There's an article on Wikipedia about this organization. See wikipedia:The Center for Election Science.


The news from the Center for Election Science can be found here:

It can't be found on[21] or[22]

Unrig 2019

Below is Aaron Hamlin's speech about C4ES, that he gave at the "Unrig Summit" on June 19, 2019 on behalf of The Center for Election Science. The summary of the video:

How did Fargo, ND (yes—the Fargo that featured Steve Buscemi in a woodchipper) lead the charge for a more representative democracy? Aaron Hamlin of The Center for Election Science tells the inspiring story of how one citizen's passion and grassroots activism sparked a successful movement to make Fargo the first city in the US to implement approval voting.

The video can be found on YouTube, licensed under the "Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)".[23][24] An outline follows:

  • 0th minute (00:00 - 00:59) - background on Fargo, North Dakota.
  • 1st minute (1:00 - 2:00) - discussion about the leader of the Fargo campaign (Jed Lemke)
  • 2nd minute (02:00 - 03:00) - description of approval voting, and the political challenges of implementing it in Fargo
  • 3rd Minute (03:00 - 04:00) - gathering signatures for a ballot measure
  • 4th Minute (04:00 - 05:13) - building support and winning the election (with 63.5% of the vote)


  1. User:RobLa has been lobbying to make "C4ES" the abbreviation for a while. See Talk:The Center for Election Science#C4ES for a discussion
  2. "The Center for Election Science". Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  3. Griffiths, Shawn (March 15, 2019). "10 Nonpartisan Organizations to Watch in 2020". Independent Voter News. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  4. Shackford, Scott (2018-10-26). "Fargo Considers Whether to Turn Local Elections into a Voting System of Likes (and Dislikes)". Reason. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  5. Cutler, Eliot R. (March 9, 2019). "Blame Democrats, not me, for Paul LePage victories". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  6. "Approval Voting". The Center for Election Science. Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  7. "STRATEGIC PLAN 2019-2021" (PDF). Center for Election Science.
  8. "Center for Election Science Chapter Program".
  9. Approval Voting Mid-Atlantic
  10. Approval Voting NY + CT + NJ
  11. MassApproves Facebook Page
  12. MassApproves Twitter
  13. Philadelphia Approves (Greater Philly) Discord Channel
  16. Approval Voting Texas
  17. "Approval Voting Colorado" Facebook Group
  21. "Not found (". The Center for Election Science. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  22. "Not found (". The Center for Election Science. Retrieved 2021-02-14.
  23. Hamlin, Aaron (June 19, 2019). "How Fargo Took The Lead With Approval Voting - Aaron Hamlin - YouTube". Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  24. "Creative Commons - YouTube Help". Retrieved 2021-02-13.