Donuts and Democracy: See You at the MN State Fair!
Cheese curds . . . Pronto Pups . . . roasted corn . . . mini donuts . . . sweet Marthas cookies. Yep, its that time again the Minnesota State Fair is on and this years RCV state fair food election features those five delicious favorites (plus a space for write-in candidates). Come hungry and be ready to rank your ballot!
Were so excited to have a booth in the Education Building this year. Can you help us staff it? Were particularly in need of weekday volunteers. This year were talking with fairgoers about the Ranked Choice Voting initiative in Duluth, the upcoming RCV city council races in St. Paul, and the power of this commonsense voting reform to transform politics for the better.
Doing a shift (or two!) with us at the Great Minnesota Get-Together is easy and fun . . . we provide training, and you get free admission for the day! Sign up with a friend if you can! Michael Crusinberry, our director of campaigns, will find a time slot that works for you: contact him at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-217-5049.
Vote Yes for RCV Initiative Officially Launched in Duluth
The Vote Yes for Ranked Choice Voting initiative in Duluth is in high gear, with our friends at the Duluth Better Ballot Campaign tabling at community events, knocking on doors, and talking with voters on the phone about RCVs many benefits. And thanks to the advocacy of numerous campaign supporters, the Duluth City Council approved clear, reasonably concise ballot language for the Nov. 3 RCV referendum.
But antireformists are ramping up, too. Its happened in nearly every other city where voters and forward-thinking leaders have explored RCV: those who fear change seek to shut the conversation down. The momentum for RCV and the success of the grassroots petition drive poses a threat to guardians of the status quo, so theyre using misinformation in an attempt to confuse voters. They know that if when an open, inclusive, community-wide conversation about Ranked Choice Voting takes place, the facts will win out.
RCV is as simple as 1-2-3. It eliminates costly, low-turnout, unrepresentative municipal primaries. It keeps the field of candidates from being prematurely culled by a narrow few. It gives voters more choice in November and levels the playing field for all candidates. It encourages civil and substantive campaigning. And its been ground tested voters find it easy and satisfying to use; they prefer it in cities from Oakland, California, to Takoma Park, Maryland, to Portland, Maine.
The more voters get to know RCV, the more they like it. Were doing all we can to support our DBBC friends so they can reach every Duluth voter with the facts. They can use your support, too! A donation in any amount will help this citizen-led effort be as effective as possible over the coming months. Thanks for helping to improve and expand democracy in the Northland!
St. Paul Voters in Wards 2, 5, 6 Get to Rank Council Ballot
The St. Paul Rank Your Vote education team is busy connecting with voters across the Capital City! Team members are at community events, festivals, neighborhood gatherings and more, making sure St. Paulites are ready to rank their vote for city council. Were excited about the fact that three wards 2, 5, and 6 will feature three or more candidates, which means voters in those wards will have the chance to meaningfully rank their vote.
The team is seeking one more (paid) canvasser; click here to learn more about the position. And if you live in the Twin Cities and are able to volunteer at an upcoming event or door-knock, email Erik Anderson; hell find a date, time, and opportunity that fits your interest and availability!
Thank you for all you do for a better democracy - we look forward to seeing you at State Fair!
The FairVote Minnesota Team