Monday, July 13, 2015
Meet Nina Jaffe-Geffner
Electoral reform is a topic I care a lot about because it greatly influences whether or not people have an outlet for expressing their ideas on personally meaningful issues. I have always felt really passionate about making sure people who don’t normally have a voice are heard and represented in our system; I even joined various committees on my university campus that were set up with this goal in mind. This topic attained even more importance in my mind last summer while I was working for the Legal Aid Society. The entrenched cycle of poverty I witnessed throughout my time working in family court strengthened my belief in the need for systemic and political change. I believe this type of change is only possible if a new demographic is given the opportunity to be elected to office.
There are many reasons I am excited about this internship! One is that everyday I am learning more about alternatives to the current electoral structure. I love using both data and logic to evaluate the merits and faults of each proposal. I am also really excited to be in an environment where everyone is so passionate about the work they are doing; seeing how much the staff genuinely cares about the issues they are working on is incredibly inspiring. Additionally, I am looking forward to seeing the policies for which FairVote advocates be implemented in the real world in upcoming years. Lastly, I am excited that the ideas I learn about at FairVote are ideas I can talk about in my Political Science classes when I return to my university, McGill, in the fall.
Through my experience with FairVote, I would like to continue expanding my scope of knowledge about electoral reforms. I also hope to contribute to research and publish an article while I am here, as well as learn about a topic I can continue to research when I return to McGill.
Nina Jaffe-Geffner is a student at McGill University and a 2015 Communications Intern at FairVote. Do you want to apply for a FairVote internship? Find more information here: http://www.fairvote.org/who-we-are/internships-and-employment/internships/