Rank Your Vote Education Packet 2017

Rank Your Vote Education Script 2017 -- Minneapolis 

  • Hello, I'm ________ and a volunteer with FairVote Minnesota.
  • We’re out tonight talking with voters about Ranked Choice Voting, a system of voting used for city elections in Minneapolis.  
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul are among the cities leading the nation, showing the rest of the state – and the country – how RCV gives more power to voters and fosters more inclusive, participatory and civil elections. RCV also makes voting easier.

Here’s what you need to know: 

  • With RCV there’s no primary – just one trip to the polls in November. By allowing voters to rank in order of preference, RCV ensures a candidate wins with a majority—or required threshold of votes—in a single election.
  • Voting is easy. Just rank your preferences on the ballot: 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice. Rank as many as you prefer, up to 3. Keep in mind that your first-choice candidate gets your vote unless that candidate is eliminated. Your second choice only counts if your top choice is eliminated – and your third choice only counts if your first two choices are eliminated, etc.  
  • Don’t “bullet vote” – ranking only one candidate DOESN’T help that candidate; it only deprives you of any choice among the remaining candidates if your top choice is eliminated.
  • This year, you’ll be voting for city council, mayor, Park Board and Board of Estimate and Taxation. To fully exercise your voting power, it’s important to rank all your preferences in races with 3 or more candidates.  
  • You can rank just one candidate, but if there are other acceptable choices you should rank them too so that at least one candidate you like makes it to the final round if you first choice is defeated in an early round. Just remember, the more you rank, the more power your ballot has.
  • Once all the ballots are scanned on election night, the election officials will report the results. Any candidate who reaches the winning threshold (50% + 1 in a single-seat race) with first choices, wins. In races where no candidate reaches the winning threshold, the last place candidate is eliminated and the ballots for that candidate are reallocated to the remaining candidates based on the 2nd choices on those ballots. This process continues until one candidate reaches the winning threshold
  • We are partnering with the city of Minneapolis to educate voters between now and November. We’ll be at events across the city, knocking on doors and hosting house parties to get all Minneapolis voters up to speed on RCV. I hope you will consider hosting a house party – it’s fun and easy and we can help you with the details.
  • Most importantly, please pledge to rank your vote on Nov. 7 (or whenever you vote; early voting begins Sept. 22) – and let us know if you can host a party. We have other volunteer opportunities, too, so please let us know if you are interested in helping in some other way to help educate your neighbors and friends.
  • Visit RankYourVote.org for more information. 

Minneapolis Materials

 

Rank Your Vote Education Script 2017 -- Saint Paul 

  • Hello, I'm ________ and a volunteer with FairVote Minnesota.
  • We’re out tonight talking with voters about Ranked Choice Voting, a system of voting used for city elections in St. Paul.  
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul are among the cities leading the nation, showing the rest of the state – and the country – how RCV gives more power to voters and fosters more inclusive, participatory and civil elections. RCV also makes voting easier.

Here’s what you need to know: 

  • With RCV there’s no primary – just one trip to the polls in November. By allowing voters to rank in order of preference, RCV ensures a candidate wins with a majority—or required threshold of votes—in a single election.
  • Voting is easy. Just rank your preferences on the ballot: 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice. Rank as many as you prefer, up to 6. Keep in mind that your first-choice candidate gets your vote unless that candidate is eliminated. Your second choice only counts if your top choice is eliminated – and your third choice only counts if your first two choices are eliminated, etc.  
  • Don’t “bullet vote” – ranking only one candidate DOESN’T help that candidate; it only deprives you of any choice among the remaining candidates if your top choice is eliminated.
  • This year, you’ll be voting for mayor using RCV and school board using traditional voting. To fully exercise your voting power, it’s important to rank as many preferences as you have in the mayor's race.
  • You can rank just one candidate, but if there are other acceptable choices you should rank them too so that at least one candidate you like makes it to the final round if you first choice is defeated in an early round. Just remember, the more you rank, the more power your ballot has. 
  • Once all the ballots are scanned on election night, the election officials will report the results. Any candidate who reaches the winning threshold (50% + 1 in a single-seat race) with first choices, wins. In races where no candidate reaches the winning threshold, the last place candidate is eliminated and the ballots for that candidate are reallocated to the remaining candidates based on the 2nd choices on those ballots. This process continues until one candidate reaches the winning threshold
  • We are partnering with the city of St. Paul to educate voters between now and November. We’ll be at events across the city, knocking on doors and hosting house parties to get all Minneapolis voters up to speed on RCV. I hope you will consider hosting a house party – it’s fun and easy and we can help you with the details.
  • Most importantly, please pledge to rank your vote on Nov. 7 (or whenever you vote; early voting begins Sept. 22) – and let us know if you can host a party. We have other volunteer opportunities, too, so please let us know if you are interested in helping in some other way to help educate your neighbors and friends.
  • Visit RankYourVote.org for more information. 

St. Paul Materials

 

 

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