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Jacobs and Miller Are Wrong
Submitted OpEd by Anthony Newby, February 15, 2014
For immediate release
March 13, 2014
Contact: Jeanne Massey, FairVote Minnesota Executive Director, 612-850-6897
ST. PAUL-Though both Minneapolis and St. Paul have now used Ranked Choice Voting twicewith tremendous successtheyre not the only Minnesota communities interested in smarter, fairer, more representative elections.
Other reform-minded Minnesota cities want to try RCV for local elections. The bipartisan local options bill authored by Rep. Steve Simon (H.F. 367) and Sen. Ann Rest (S.F. 335) would give them the tools and the flexibility to do it.
If cities want to eliminate separate, low-turnout, unrepresentative primariesand broaden political participation in the processthey shouldnt need to seek special legislative permission, Simon said.
We at FairVote Minnesota are sometimes asked about other alternative voting systems: How did we arrive at Ranked Choice Voting? Why not Condorcet or range voting or approval voting?
Local view: Ranked-choice voting didnt cause City Councils appointment fiasco
The News Tribunes Feb. 14 Our View editorial, Lets try this again, council, made some sweeping generalizations about ranked-choice voting that deserve to be addressed.
Tonights the night your chance to be a voice for a better democracy! Caucuses are a great way to get involved in the democratic process from the bottom up. Heres how to get in on the fun:
As Minneapolis and St. Paul voters again experienced last fall, Ranked Choice Voting turns in an outstanding performance every time. Thats why, since 2010, the Academy of Motion Pictures uses this smarter, more broadly representative voting system to choose the years Best Picture.
Help Us Advance RCV at Precinct Caucuses - Feb. 4!
Ready to Top a Triumphant 2013? Lets Make 2014 Even Better!
Triumphant: Theres no better word to describe 2013 for voting reform in Minnesota. Our success this past year is thanks, in no small part, to FairVote Minnesota supporters like you.
RCV By The Numbers: 2013 Key St. Paul Ward 1 Election Findings
- Turnout for the Ward 1 city council race was 4,766 -- 33%% higher than in 2011, and the Wards highest turnout for a municipal election in 8 years.