Meet the STAR Voting team and learn about the network of organizations that keep the gears turning. 

STAR Voting is the flagship project and the spearhead of the Equal Vote Coalition, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to fighting for true equality in the vote itself. Life isn't fair, but voting should be. 

Meet the STAR Voting Team:


 

Mark Frohnmayer 

Co-inventor of STAR Voting
Founder and Board Director at Equal Vote
Board Director at STAR Voting Action
[email protected] (he/him)

Mark graduated from UC Berkeley in 1996 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. After 11 years in the gaming industry and the sale of his first startup, Mark turned his entrepreneurial energy towards sustainable transportation and election science, founding electric vehicle company, Arcimoto, in 2007, and the Equal Vote Coalition in 2014.

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Ruben Montejano

President at STAR Voting Action
Board Director at Equal Vote
Outreach Coordinator for STAR Voting California
[email protected] (he/him) 

“Ruben Michael Montejano is a board member at Equal Vote and the Outreach Coordinator for the STAR Voting California Chapter. He has been an advocate for voting reform since 2018 and helped start-up the STAR Voting California Chapter. Moreover, he focuses on conservation for natives plants in his local areas and is currently a student as well as a Behavior Interventionist. In his spare time, Ruben is probably hiking, planting, researching a variety of topics from plant conservation to voting reform, or relaxing with family and/or friends.”

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Annie Kallen

President at Equal Vote
Board Director at STAR Voting Action
[email protected] (she/her)

Annie is chair of the Equal Vote Coalition and has been advocating for STAR voting and other better voting methods since 2018. She lives in Portland, Oregon and volunteers for a variety of causes, particularly those having to do with advocacy and support for immigrants and refugees, youth in communities with need, and election reform. Her passion is in helping people in underserved regions acquire more of a voice in policies, more access to public resources, and more opportunities to build community. She received an English degree from Portland State University in 2001, and has worked for a renewable energy company for the last 15 years. In her free time she sews, hikes, does 3D design and other art, and enjoys learning new things.

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Sara Wolk

Executive Director at Equal Vote
Secretary at Equal Vote and STAR Voting Action
Project Coordinator at STAR Elections
[email protected] (she/her)

Sara Wolk has been a leading force behind the STAR Voting project since the beginning. ​Sara was a Chief Petitioner for the first ballot initiative for STAR Voting in Multnomah County and also worked on the STAR Voting for Eugene campaign before taking on her current post as the Executive Director of the Equal Vote Coalition in 2018. With a background in sustainability and design, and a passion for music, adventure, and community organizing, she is dedicated to building the kind of coalition that can heal democracy. Systemic problems require design based solutions.

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Dean Price

Treasurer at Equal Vote and STAR Voting Action
[email protected] (he/him)


 

 

Bryan Lewis

Chief Petitioner for STAR Voting for Oregon 2024
[email protected] (he/him)


 

James "Jas" Davis

Board Director at Equal Vote and STAR Voting Action
[email protected] (he/him)

Jas graduated with a Masters in Political Management, is a board director for both STAR Voting Action and Equal Vote, is the owner of Awakenings Wellness Center in Portland, Oregon and was a past chair for the Oregon Public Bank Alliance. Jas has been an activist and community organizer for decades. He is a devoted father who enjoys hiking and camping in his spare time.

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Dr. Keith Edmonds Phd.

Board Director at Equal Vote
Director of Canadian Electoral Research
Co-Chair, 0-5 Star Proportional Research Committee
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Keith Edmonds is a Data Scientist by profession and a Physicist by training. He is the Director of Canadian Electoral Research for the Equal Vote Coalition. He invented Vote Unitarity and subsequently derived Sequentially Spent Score from its principle. He also derived Single distributed vote as a more natural extension of Sequential proportional approval voting to Score voting ballots than Reweighted Range Voting. He invented STLR voting as a Utilitarian alternative to STAR voting for single winner elections.

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Dr. Jameson Quinn Phd.

Board Director at Equal Vote
PhD in Statistics from Harvard University
[email protected] (he/him)

Dr. Jameson Quinn has been involved in voting reform for over 20 years, and it was the inspiration for him to get his PhD in statistics from Harvard. He helped design the voting method used for nominations for the Hugo Awards, and wrote a paper with Bruce Schneier about the theory and impact of this method. With Mira Bernstein, he co-organized the 2018 British Columbia Symposium on Proportional Representation. He lives in Cambridge, MA.

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Sass

Operations Coordinator and Board Director at Equal Vote
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Sass began their deep dive into voting method reform in 2020 and quickly discovered a passion for it. They have a relentless passion for voter empowerment and attribute much of their growth in the voting method reform space to the welcoming and inclusive culture nurtured at Equal Vote. Sass is eager to dabble in new and diverse escapades, with experience ranging from music writing, to political activism, to martial arts. If you ever find yourself in the Eugene, OR area, be sure to ask Sass to go sing some karaoke with you!

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Mont Chris Hubbard

Board Director at STAR Voting Action
Chair at STAR Voting Oregon
[email protected] (he/him)

Like many, Mont Chris has felt forced to vote "lesser evil" many times, and would prefer that never happen again. Mont Chris is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Musicians Union Local 99 and helped get his union to adopt STAR Voting. When he's not talking about voting methods and unionism to city commissioners, state legislators, or cornered family members at Thanksgiving, Mont Chris enjoys playing music and board games.

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Zach Hudson

Oregon State Representative, District 49
Chief Petitioner for STAR Voting for Oregon 2024
[email protected] (he/him)

Zach's background is as a teacher and Troutdale City Council member and is currently substituting in East County schools. He became a teacher because he believes everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed and thrive. Zach sees Oregon's challenges—and its brightest opportunities—through the eyes of a teacher. He is passionate about investing in our kids and protecting our future. Zach works to promote equity and community, and to make the system fairer and more effective.

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Mike Franze

Board Director at STAR Voting Action
Chair of STAR Voting California
Chair of the STAR Elections Software Development Team
[email protected] (he/him)

Mike has been involved in the voting reform community since 2017 with his primary goal of ending extreme political polarization. He joined the Equal Vote Coalition as a volunteer in 2020 and has helped start the STAR Voting California chapter and various STAR Voting software development projects. Mike graduated from Georgia Tech in 2015 with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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Core Coalition Organizations:


 

The Equal Vote Coalition 501-c3

"The Equal Vote Coalition's mission is to promote true equality in the vote. The Equal Vote Coalition mandate is top-notch research, community education, and coalition building.

Our five core criteria for electoral reform are: Equality, Honesty, Accuracy, Expressiveness, and Simplicity. These criteria form the basis by which we evaluate and advance proposals for reform."


 

STAR Voting Action 501c4

STAR Voting Action serves as an umbrella organization for all STAR Voting campaigns, better allowing us to fundraise in advance, and to share resources between campaigns. The 501c4 allows donors to support the project as a whole, and then allows us to direct those funds to the campaign which needs the funding most, when they need it most.


 

STAR Elections

STAR Elections mission is to ensure that anyone who wants to use STAR Voting can. We are a volunteer run coalition project with Equal Vote and STAR Voting Action which allows people to set up and host their own STAR Voting elections. Whether your plan is to hand count paper ballots or run a fully credentialed election online, or anywhere in between, we've got you covered. 


 

Campaign Committees:


 

STAR Voting for Eugene

The STAR Eugene campaign launched in 2019 and collected enough signatures to get on the May 19th 2020 ballot.

Unfortunately a number of signatures were unfairly rejected and the petition was denied. A referral is currently underway with the Eugene City Council and a legal appeal was filed in late 2019.


 

STAR Voting for Lane County

The STAR Lane campaign launched in 2019 and was on track to collect enough signatures to qualify for the November 2020 ballot when Covid-19 hit. Signatures are due July 4th 2021.


 

STAR Voting for Troutdale

The STAR Troutdale campaign relaunched in fall 2021 and has not yet begun signature collection due to Covid-19.