June 22, 2007 For Immediate Release
CONTACT: BethMarie Ward
MINNESOTA COUNCIL OF NON-PROFITS ENDORSES INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING
St. Paul, MN-- On May 20, the board of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) voted to endorse Instant Runoff Voting in
Minnesota. Representing various nonprofit organizations from across the state, the board reflects the diversity of interest in furthering democratic reforms. FairVote Minnesota director, Jeanne Massey, made a presentation about Instant Runoff Voting to the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits board in March and is enthusiastic about the organizations endorsement IRV is an important voting reform that will help MCN achieve its aim of engaging and empowering voters who are typically underrepresented in the current system, states Massey. The Council of Nonprofits is a nonpartisan membership organization of nearly 1,800
Minnesota nonprofit organizations. It not only works on behalf of its members to promote, inform and strengthen the nonprofit sector, it also has a long history of advocating for voter rights and engagement through the nonpartisan Minnesota Participation Project and other programs.
MCN is now part of a growing coalition of over 40 statewide and local nonpartisan organizations that have embraced Instant Runoff Voting and are lending a hand to help expand its adoption in
Minnesota. Others include the League of Women Voters of Minnesota, TakeAction
Minnesota, Sierra Club
Northstar Chapter, Minnesota Citizens for Election Integrity, Minnesota Public Interest Research Group, Center for Civic Participation, Confederation of Somali Communities of Minnesota, and
Center of the
Americas, among others. Several political parties including the Minneapolis DFL and state Green,
Independence and Libertarian parties are also pushing to expand IRV statewide.
A host of prominent political and community leaders also are also eager to see IRV become the way elected leaders are chosen, including former mayors George Latimer and Don Fraser, former governor Arne Carlson, current
Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak and most city council members, over two dozen
Minnesota legislators and most candidates running for
US senate in 2008.
Widely viewed as a sensible and effective reform, IRV is rapidly catching on across the country and is now in use or pending implementation in over a dozen
US cities. Several other cities and states are advancing IRV legislation forward.
Minneapolis was the first city in
Minnesota to adopt IRV, voting 2 to 1 at the polls last November to use it in local elections.
Saint Paul voters may see IRV on the ballot this November and the City of
HopkinsSecretary of State Mark Ritchie will soon convene a task force to help implement and expand IRV in
Minnesota. The support of organizations like the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is helping pave the way for a better way to vote in
Click to the MCN website to see how IRV works and why it is advantageous to the non-profit sector. charter commission is moving forward with a proposal to amend its charter for the use of IRV.
MCN will host an Instant Runoff Voting event featuring Secretary of State Mark Ritchie on July 24th. Learn more and save the date for IRV: A Vote is a Terrible Thing to Waste.