As much as I think we need to get the idea of cardinal voting reform in national media (which UnfairVote has succeeded at several times, possibly dozens), I have also tried to spread the word locally… but doing so is a harder problem than I expected.
One time, I was talking to someone about politics and I decided to mention Score Voting. We did discuss it in detail and I gave the website, but it was sort of awkward and I am not sure if the person actually remembers what I said to this day or looked at ScoreVoting.net (which is my go-to recommendation but all three websites have their own issues…)
Another time, a different person had heard of IRV and I was not sure how to respond (fight/flight/freeze played a role here… well, the last two did…). I only said something vague like “be careful of propaganda” and got out of the conversation. I have not seen this person since, either.
What I need is ways to approach this involved and unusual topic with common people without seeming like a snake oil merchant, an arrogant know-it-all, or both. Or just not really leaving a mark on the person’s mind.
(One obstacle is outside my control – all websites have disadvantages: scorevoting.net is designed by intellectuals for intellectuals, electionscience.org is under construction, https://www.equal.vote adds a complication (runoff) that I usually omit in conversation for simplicity, and https://www.approval.vote is annoying because I want Score, not Approval.)