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MCCL is just plain wrong about Instant Runoff Voting

The anti-abortion group, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) has circulated a questionnaire to candidates for local office this autumn. Two of the eleven questions are unrelated to pro-life issues. The last question begins with a one-paragraph diatribe against the advanced voting method known as Instant Runoff Voting. The paragraph closes with "For these reasons, MCCL opposes instant run-off voting, and then asks the candidate, "Do you oppose instant run-off voting?" Only a "yes" or "no" answer is allowed. 

FairVote Minnesota has issued a line-by-line rebuttal to the blatant distortions and outright falsehoods propagated by the MCCL. Key points in that response say that Instant Runoff Voting :

  • has been used in pro-life, Roman Catholic Ireland since the founding of that republic.
  • would assure that the winner of an election has the support of a majority of voters
  • strengthens the effectiveness of every vote
  • is attracting the interest of a growing number of civic-minded Minnesotans

The entire questionnaire is attached (Thanks to Elizabeth Dickinson and Bruce Kennedy for bringing it to our attention), as is FairVote Minnesota's rebuttal.

If you are pro-life, you can be pro-democracy as well by supporting Instant Runoff Voting.

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