Since Minneapolis and St. Paul began using RCV several years ago, campaigns in those cities have become remarkably more civil and issue-oriented. I hope that both Stillwater and my city of Grant will soon join the push for RCV. With our state and country more divided than ever, we desperately need this shift in our political discourse.
To do this, we need to help pass the bi-partisan RCV Local Options bill (S.F. 2017; H.F. 2322) introduced by Senators Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria) and Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope) and Representatives Tony Albright (R-Prior Lake) and
Laurie Halverson (DFL-Eagan) in the last legislative session. The bill authorizes communities like ours, which lack our own city charters, to adopt RCV.
Please join me in convincing our state representatives, Senator Housely and Representatives Lohmer and Detmer, to adopt the RCV Local Options bill when the state legislature convenes. Request their support for Ranked Choice Voting in our state elections to ensure our state leaders earn the support of a majority of voters. Maybe, just maybe, we can then begin to address the problems of partisan division and gridlock that are trashing our democracy.