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FairVote MN E-news: RCV advances in St. Louis Park

RCV advances in St. Louis Park

Electoral reform is on the move in St. Louis Park! More than two dozen RCV supporters showed up at Monday’s study session on Ranked Choice Voting. The result: five of the six council members expressed their support for moving RCV forward for further discussion and approval. 

Councilmember Anne Mavity introduced a motion to do just that. She acknowledged that while RCV represents an administrative change, it is within the city’s capacity and represents a worthwhile investment for the long term. She also reiterated that RCV is a way to enfranchise and engage more voters. Councilmember Sue Sanger concurred and requested that the city move forward to be ready to implement RCV in the 2019 election cycle.

Earlier in the session, FairVote Minnesota Executive Director Jeanne Massey presented background on Ranked Choice Voting and the experience of using RCV in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as the tested implementation procedures in place for communities like St. Louis Park to adopt. (See full summary of the meeting and a link to the presentation here.)

In 2005, the LWV-MN conducted an exhaustive study of voting systems and endorsed RCV for local and state elections in Minnesota as a more open, inclusive and participatory way to vote. 

"We’re proud of that work and thrilled to see Ranked Choice Voting move forward in St. Louis Park, and the strong support it has on the city council and among residents,” said Deb Brinkman of the League of Women Voters. “We hope the council quickly adopts RCV and look forward to helping educate voters about the new system. 

Stay tuned for more updates on the exciting RCV progress in St. Louis Park!

Matt Brickman joins Best of the Wurst!

Guess who is joining us for the 2017 Best of the Wurst? 

WCCO celebrity meteorologist Matt Brickman! Although he professes to love pizza and fried chicken best, we’re guessing a day of sampling craft sausage creations from dozens of the Twin Cities’ most popular chefs and restaurants will change his mind.

Have something to raffle?

Besides the sausage samples, there will be delicious cider and beer from Sociable Cider Werks, along with live music and a fun raffle – that’s where you come in! Help us amp up the excitement around the raffle by donating an item: anything from tickets to sports and events, to cabin retreats, to gift certificates or luxury goodie baskets are welcome! Your contribution will help us to raise vitally needed funds for advancing Ranked Choice Voting in Minnesota.

To donate a raffle item, email info@fairvotemn.org.

And don’t forget to secure your spot at Best of the Wurst! Space is limited -- especially for the VIP experience -- so buy your ticket now to ensure you can be part of the Wurst event of the summer! 

And be sure to help spread the word by letting your friends know you're going on Facebook and Twitter!  

Your FairVote Minnesota Team

P.S. We are still recruiting volunteers for Pride, June 24-25. Email andrew.beeman@fairvotemn.org if you would like to help out at our booth – it’s s rewarding and fun way to help advance electoral reform in Minnesota!

 

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