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July News: Duluth Voters Excited for RCV Ballot Question

Duluth Voters Excited for RCV Ballot Question

Summers in full force and so is the movement for Ranked Choice Voting! The push for a better ballot in Duluth is unstoppable: this week, our friends at the Duluth Better Ballot Campaign submitted the Ranked Choice Voting petition. Nearly 2,200 signatures from registered Duluth voters were delivered to City Hall, and the Duluth Charter Commission is now reviewing the charter amendment proposal.

After reviewing the proposal, and once the signatures have been verified, the Charter Commission will send the measure along to the Duluth City Council. This marks a huge step in the broad-based grassroots effort a diverse movement of citizen volunteers, community leaders, elected officials, the UMD chapter of MPIRG, and good-government advocates from across the political spectrum to improve local elections in Duluth.

Stay tuned for more updates, and be sure to follow the measures progress on Twitter and Facebook.

St. Paul to Showcase Reform with RCV Council Races

St. Paul voters are preparing to make history this fall with their second Ranked Choice Voting municipal election and their first with several competitive, multicandidate council races. Our St. Paul voter outreach effort is in high gear: were engaging voters at festivals and community gatherings across the city.

And its a pleasure to welcome our new St. Paul coordinator, Erik Anderson. A Carleton College political science grad with a successful organizing background, hell be working to ensure that every single Capitol City voter is ready to rank the ballot on Nov. 3.

Were grateful to everyone who attended the June 25 Evening With Chef Alan, a fundraiser to support voter education efforts, at the Salt Cellar restaurant on Cathedral Hill. Special thanks to George Cheung of the Joyce Foundation, Rob Richie of FairVote, Senators Ann Rest and Dick Cohen, Rep. Erin Murphy, and St. Paul candidates Jane Prince, Darren Tobolt, and Rebecca Noecker. And thanks, of course, to Chef Alan himself, whose Tuna Tartare beat out Gouda Mousse and Pork Rillettes to win the ranked choice appetizer election!

Can you help us with St. Paul voter education? No matter your interests or availability, well find a volunteer slot one-time or ongoing that works for you! Email Erik at erik.anderson@fairvotemn.org to discuss upcoming volunteer opportunities, including Rondo Days on July 18 and the Rice Street Festival, July 23-27.

Quaff a Craft Beer for Democracy at In Cahoots!

As we look ahead to fall, were also thoroughly savoring every minute of summer. And were pumped to once again run the ranked beer election at the Red Stag Block Party: In Cahoots! This years party is Sunday, Aug. 2, and the theme is A Collaboration of Craft. Cohosted by the Growler magazine, In Cahoots! will feature 10 Minnesota breweries paired up into 5 teams.

Each team will create a new collaboration beer to debut at the festival, and attendees will use Ranked Choice Voting to elect their favorite. The teams are August Schell Brewing Company & Bent Brewstillery; Fulton Beer & Fair State Brewing; Sociable Cider Werks & Dangerous Man; Bang Brewing & Dave's BrewFarm; and Summit & Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Partygoers will enjoy excellent live local music throughout the festival, including sets from Al Church, Mixed Blood Majority and more. If theres a more fun volunteer opportunity than helping FairVote Minnesota at this fantastic event, we cant imagine what it would be! Lend a hand and youll get to enjoy free beer samples plus the outstanding company of other fun democracy reformers like yourself! Contact Michael.Crusinberry@fairvotemn.org to sign up for a shift.

Help Keep the Momentum for RCV Going!

Please support our grassroots work with a financial contribution: whether its $25 or $2,500, every amount truly makes a difference! Now more than ever, opponents are threatened by RCVs momentum across Minnesota theyre pulling out all the stops to spread misinformation and convince voters that the old, exclusionary plurality system is the only option. We know theres a better way, one that empowers voters with more choice and more power . . . please donate today to help sustain the movement for a better democracy!

Thanks for all you do to improve democracy in Minnesota.

The FairVote Minnesota team

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