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Published in the Southwest Journal, Jan. 30, 2006
By Kari VanDerVeen
Southwest Journal, Friday January 27, 2006
From FairVote: The Center for Voting and Democracy
Star Tribune http://www.startribune.com/106/story/198368.html
An instant-runoff voting plan proposed in Hopkins raises questions as to how the votes would be counted.
By Bruce Campbell
We profess to love democracy in America but, much like family members avoiding a loved one’s personal issues, we’re a nation in denial about problems with our democratic system. Less than 60% of eligible voters participated in the 2004 presidential election. And that was considered high relative to previous years. (Do the math: the current president received support from less than 30% of the voting age population.) In Minnesota the last two governors took office with less than 50% of the vote (Ventura got 37%, Pawlenty 44%). It’s no wonder that politicians often cater exclusively to their hard-core base of support when they craft legislation or speak publicly. This is a problem for political representation . . in a. representative democracy no less.
The Hopkins City Council met on January 17, 2006, for a public hearing on the proposed charter amendment to use Instant Runoff Voting for city elections.
A proposal would have Hopkins voters elect city officials in a new way-- by ranking them. The approach would ensure that the winner has majority support.
Star Tribune West Metro edition - Last update: January 10, 2006 – 10:49 AM
BY MARC INGBER - SUN NEWSPAPERS
(Created: Thursday, January 12, 2006 1:08 PM CST)
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