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By Bruce Campbell
We profess to love democracy in America but, much like family members avoiding a loved one’s personal issues, we’re a nation in denial about problems with our democratic system. Less than 60% of eligible voters participated in the 2004 presidential election. And that was considered high relative to previous years. (Do the math: the current president received support from less than 30% of the voting age population.) In Minnesota the last two governors took office with less than 50% of the vote (Ventura got 37%, Pawlenty 44%). It’s no wonder that politicians often cater exclusively to their hard-core base of support when they craft legislation or speak publicly. This is a problem for political representation . . in a. representative democracy no less.
The Hopkins City Council met on January 17, 2006, for a public hearing on the proposed charter amendment to use Instant Runoff Voting for city elections.
A proposal would have Hopkins voters elect city officials in a new way-- by ranking them. The approach would ensure that the winner has majority support.
Star Tribune West Metro edition - Last update: January 10, 2006 – 10:49 AM
BY MARC INGBER - SUN NEWSPAPERS
(Created: Thursday, January 12, 2006 1:08 PM CST)
Better Ballot Campaign
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Minneapolis Better Ballot Campaign Board of Advisors
January 6, 2006
December 12, 2005
Reforms Should Increase Turnout, Minority Inclusion
FairVote: The Center for Voting and Democracy http://www.fairvote.org/blog/?p=20
November 15, 2005
Takoma Park votes 84% for instant runoff voting