One would think with 35 candidates in the race, it could get nasty, with many candidates going negative against the perceived front-runners. That never happened, and ranked-choice voting is widely credited with keeping the candidates focused on their vision for the city instead of knocking their opponents.READ MORE
To: Minneapolis Charter Commission
From: FairVote Minnesota
Date: July 2, 2014
Subject: Testimony Regarding Filing Fees for Public Office
It was probably inevitable that ranked-choice voting (RCV), long opposed by the states Republican Party, would also encounter DFL resistance.
Allowing voters to rank candidates in multicandidate contests is disruptive to the political establishment. It creates a disincentive for negative campaigning, altering long-established thinking about how to win elections. Because it eliminates primaries, it keeps non-establishment candidates in the running longer, giving them more opportunity to catch fire. Since the primaries it eliminates are often low-turnout affairs, it dilutes the power of parties and interest groups.
Dear friends of democracy,