Exciting news! At last week's study session, the St. Louis Park City Council overwhelmingly agreed to advance Ranked Choice Voting to the next stage. At the upcoming City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 2, the city council will consider a resolution requesting the Charter Commission to provide a recommendation for the adoption and implementation of RCV for municipal elections, and to do so in a timely fashion. If the Charter Commission provides a favorable recommendation, the city council can then move forward to consider amending the city charter by ordinance.
This is a HUGE step forward -- and it's largely due to all your efforts to date!
But a favorable recommendation from the Charter Commission -- and an ultimate unanimous vote by the city council, which is required to pass RCV without a voter referendum -- is not a slam dunk. While the majority of the city council is in favor of RCV, Mayor Spano and Councilmembers Gregg Lindberg and Steve Hallfin are undecided.
The mayor is concerned that RCV is a big change from the way St. Louis Park now votes. But as Councilmember Anne Mavity made clear at last week's study session, it is a much bigger change eliminating the primary and moving from majority outcomes (which was accomplished through the two-round primary-general election system, however inadequately) to unrepresentative plurality outcomes. RCV is a simple and more convenient way to conduct a runoff, replacing two elections with a single decisive election in November. Voters in cities across the county have proven that RCV is simple to use and they prefer it over the old system.
Your voice and presence are crucial right now in persuading the city council and charter commission to support RCV. Here's how you can help:
1. Attend Monday's City Council meeting and help pack the room!
When: Monday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd
Click here for notice and agenda. We do not know if there will be an opportunity for public testimony, but please come prepared. Your voice will make all the difference in their decision to move RCV to the next stage.
2. Contact the mayor and Councilmembers Lindberg and Hallfin
Please contact the Mayor and Councilmembers Lindberg and Hallfin, who are undecided on RCV, and let them know why RCV is important for St. Louis Park. Even if you've contacted them before, please contact them again. Click here for contact information and see detailed FAQ for background information.
3. Help educate the Charter Commission
The next decision is in the hands of the Charter Commission. See list of members here, contact those you know and provide them with information about Ranked Choice Voting as well as your perspective on why SLP should adopt RCV. Your education will help set the stage for a productive and positive conversation by the Charter Commission and a favorable recommendation on RCV to the city council.
Thank you for your continued passion, time and commitment to bringing RCV to St. Louis Park. Momentum is on our side -- with the full support of the Human Rights Commission, Senate District 46 and most of the Councilmembers (see the full list of RCV for St. Louis Park supporters) -- and now is the time to keep RCV moving forward!
See you on Monday and please spread the word!
Your FairVote Minnesota team