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Guest Blog: Want a Stronger Democracy?

By Andy Dawkins Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, 65A; 1987 - 2003. Want a stronger democracy? Make sure everyone who wins an election gets 50% of the vote. It’s called Instant Run-Off or Ranked Choice Voting and it’s up for a vote at the MN Legislature. It also...

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The Atlantic: How to Stop the Minority-Rule Doom Loop

The next two years might be America’s last chance to protect the basic democratic principle of majority rule. Adam Jentleson in The Atlantic President joe biden came into office facing four “converging crises”: COVID-19, climate change, racial justice, and the economy. But...

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Forest Lake Times: Ranked choice is better for voters

Jen Scott in the Forest Lake Times Today, in most Minnesota elections, a candidate need not earn majority support to win; they can win with less, and sometimes far less, than 50% of the vote. When someone wins with less than a majority, it is called winning “by plurality vote.”...

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Duluth News Tribune: Ranked Choice Voting could help in Ely

Tom Benson in the Duluth News Tribune I could barely keep from spitting out my coffee at the laughable statement on ranked-choice voting in the News Tribune’s March 15 “Our View” editorial, headlined, “Like Duluth, state can reject confusion of ranked-choice voting.” “A...

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Sun Current: Support statewide ranked-choice voting

Emily Bryant in The Sun Current: To the editor: Polarization is ubiquitous across the political landscape, and it’s tearing apart our nation, our states, our communities and even our families. While this affliction is driven by many factors, there is a remedy. Ranked-choice...

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White Bear Press: Check out ranked-choice voting

Mike Krachmer in the White Bear Press   I am not a political extremist, I am not prone to hyperbole, and I don’t easily get worked up. Nonetheless, I must express that I am deeply alarmed by the degree to which polarization, disinformation and negative partisanship are...

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