Minneapolis should try IRV
Lisa Boyd, Minneapolis
Star Tribune Netlets for Monday, Oct. 9
I strongly favor the use of Instant Run-off Voting (IRV) for the city of Minneapolis for many reasons.
It is a more democratic voting method allowing for more real choice of candidates. It increases voter participation. It eliminates the "spoiler" effect (fear of which causes you to vote for the "lesser of two evils" rather than your real choice). It makes campaigns more positive, since opponents will be seeking your second choice spot and hence cannot afford to "trash" your first choice candidate. And finally, it will save money and allow candidates to focus more clearly on a real campaign for election by eliminating the need for a primary.
I hope that my fellow Minneapolis residents will vote "Yes" for IRV on Nov. 7. It's a step in the right direction.