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Larry Jacobs and Joanne Miller are well-respected professors of political science. But the science seemed to be lacking from their recent commentary on ranked-choice voting (Ranked choice could diminish equality, Aug. 7).
They were quick to suggest that RCV disenfranchises certain voters. But they did so with only the flimsiest of evidence a practice to which we are by now well-accustomed with regard to this topic.READ MORE
Open letter to the community: Ranked Choice Voting gives communities of color more opportunities
July 25, 2013 (Minneapolis) -- After a successful, widely praised Ranked Choice Voting rollout in 2009, the city of Minneapolis is gearing up for an even better municipal election this yearwith faster tabulation of RCV results.
The People v. the Plutocrats and Political Scientists
City should see earlier ranked-choice resultsSomething refreshing is happening in the contest to determine who will be the next mayor of Minnesotas largest city: The candidates are engaged in a discussion about the future of the city. Rather than constantly attacking fellow opponents, each candidate is competing to share his or her vision for the kind of city Minneapolis can become over the next four years.
We are fortunate that the election will take place in the context of ranked-choice voting. However, most of our electoral system has a disease that ranked-choice voting can cure.
Ballot errors are nothing new, and all but one was corrected and counted.READ MORE
Minneapolis, June 13, 2013 -- How do you know when a political movement truly has momentum?
Minneapolis (May 20, 2013) -- Hats off to the participants in the DFLs Ward 5 convention in Minneapolis on Saturday, who used Ranked Choice Voting in their first round of balloting.
Minneapolis policy aide Robin Garwood: Ranked-choice voting: Minneapolis data show people use it with sophistication
In the May 13 Karen Boros article "Minneapolis political upheaval signals possible major change at City Hall," University of Minnesota Professor Larry Jacobs is quoted as saying the idea that voters are going to have a detailed understanding of a number of candidates, that theyre going to be able to rank them, exceeds any research Ive ever seen about voter knowledge. He calls the idea that more than a quarter or third of voters will rank multiple candidates just unrealistic.
Im not sure what basis Jacobs has for this assertion, but hes not backed up by reality. And the reality is not hard to find: Just look at the results of the 2009 ranked-choice election in Minneapolis.