Voting expert to Sasquan
I've been deeply involved with election theory for over a decade; and currently, I'm on the board of Electology.org (the Center for Election Science) and studying a doctorate in statistics at Harvard in order to further this interest. So when I heard about the problems with the current Hugo nominations, I had just the resources to help. On the guest posts by Bruce Schneier on the Making Light blog, I helped design and simulate a proportional voting system especially for the Hugo process's needs, and now I'd like to go to Sasquan so that I can help explain it in the business meeting.
If I raise at least $1000, I pledge to go to Sasquan. Any amount I don't use for the trip (whether it fails to fund, or whether it gets more than enough) will go to Electology.org, so we can help more people use similar kinds of better democratic decisionmaking as what I'm helping Worldcon use.
Because all of this is going through Electology.org, which is a valid 501(c)3, donations are tax deductible, and you will get an postcard from us acknowledging your donation.
$210 Sasquan ticket/membership
$454 Round trip train ticket Boston/Spokane
$300 Food for 10 days
$300 Lodging for 5 days
$136 GoFundMe fees
(The above is truly a "no frills" budget, based on the cheapest AirBnB price within walking distance of the con.)
I'm truly in awe of the generosity this community has shown, both to me personally and to the cause of voting reform. Not only has the main campaign received $1440, beyond the goal of $1400; but I've also been offered a Sasquan attending membership, so in effect it's actually $250 over the goal. All of that money, and any further that is raised from here on, will go to support Electology.org (the Center for Election Science) in our work on voting reform in general.
For all those who have given: thank you so much. I'm now definitely going, with no worries about money, and I hope to see many of you at Sasquan.
If you're motivated to help even further, here are three things you can do:
1. Share this campaign with anyone else who you think might be interested. Electology.org is a growing organization on a shoestring budget, and every bit helps.
2. If you can help me find shared lodging at Sasquan, that would be great. I'm a 40something family man, and I try to be a friendly, helpful, and respectful guest. I think you can email me via this campaign.
3. We'd love it if you'd sign up for our newsletter at electology.org, or browse around our website to learn more about voting reform issues.
Again, thanks to everyone who donated.
(Note: I'm posting this update to the donor email list, I think. I will also send you one or two more messages after the con, to tell you how it went, and to give the tax deductibility info. I will not otherwise use this email without your opt-in permission.)