If you were out last weekend at the fabulous May Day parade or at the colorful Cinco de Mayo celebration in West St. Paul, you probably feel like summer already is here! This weather makes us all happier and provides a perfect time to get outside to talk with voters about the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting and about the opportunity they have this year to use it to elect their mayor, city council members, and other local leaders.
Join like-minded RCV supporters at any number of fun upcoming spring and summer events! You’ll make new friends, have a lot of fun, and help voters understand the power of ranking their ballots! The events page at www.rankyourvote.org always is up to date. Just find a date that works for you, click on the calendar and discover a variety of great ways to get involved!
We are gearing up for voter education at neighborhood and summer events, which are already well underway. Here’s what’s coming up:
May 15th: Tangle Town Neighborhood Association Meeting at 5:30 p.m.
May 16th: Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association Meeting at 6 p.m.
May 17th: Logan Park Neighborhood Association Meeting at 7 p.m.
May 18th: Logan Park Neighborhood Association Meeting at 7 p.m.
In St. Paul:
May 15th: DFL Bowling Fundraiser at 7 p.m.
May 21st: 2016 Young DFL Caucus Convention at 10 a.m.
We also do weekly phone banking on Mondays and Thursday, starting at 5 p.m.
We are recruiting up for the months ahead and want you on board! Please contact Andrew Beeman at Andrew.Beeman@fairvotemn.org to sign up for these or any upcoming events.
Don’t worry: we provide training to all volunteers. Volunteering with FairVote Minnesota is easy and rewarding.
RCV Candidate Training: May 19 and 20
We are excited to collaborate with Wellstone Action to offer training to candidates and their campaign teams running under RCV this year. Camp Wellstone is a national flagship candidate training program with roots in Minnesota. We’ve worked together to retool their program to teach people how to build winning coalitions under RCV.
The training will take place at the University of Minnesota on May 19, from 3 – 9 p.m. and May 20, from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
We already have more than 60 candidates, campaign staff, and volunteers signed up, as well as RCV advocates from California to Maine coming to learn campaign best practices under RCV.
Whether you are working on a campaign, considering it for the future, or just interested in learning about RCV from a candidate perspective, it’s not too late to sign up!
Resisting RCV repeal in St. Paul
Since the last Charter Commission meeting in March, when the Commission voted to delay any action on a proposal to repeal RCV, we’ve not heard a peep. That is not necessarily a good sign, as the Commission recently has been operating secretively and giving little notice of their meetings.
To inspire your talking points, check out this excellent piece by former FairVote Minnesota board members Wy Spano and Ellen Brown. They make a very compelling case for why the St. Paul Charter Commission should respect the wishes of St. Paul voters and veto any proposal to repeal RCV.
RCV Spotlight: Jamie Makepeace imagines a better world with RCV
“Imagine a world where you can run if you want to run and don't have to conform to one or the other major political party that doesn't align with your beliefs. Imagine being on the ballot because you're putting yourself out there, you're stepping up - not getting shut down because you lost an expensive primary.
Imagine being able to vote for more than one candidate that you like, and being happy to see one of a few good folks get through - rather than being forced to pick, again, the lesser of two evils. There is a world beyond the two party system. We aren't that far away!”
Jamie Makepiece is a St. Paul resident and the political director at TakeAction Minnesota.