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What's your favorite benefit of Ranked Choice Voting?
Rank your preferences: 1st Choice2nd Choice3rd Choice
Less partisan polarization
More choices for voters
Upholds majority rule
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About Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked Choice Voting allows voters to rank candidates on the ballot according to their preference - 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, etc. Voters cast their vote for their favorite candidate knowing that if he or she doesn't gather enough votes to win, their vote will count toward their second choice. In a single-winner election, votes cast for the least popular candidate are not "wasted", but rather redistributed to more popular candidates, based on the voters' second choices, until one candidate wins with a majority of votes.

Who's Your Favorite President?

How Single Seat Elections Work:

Ranked Choice Voting Local Options Bill (S.F. 335, H.F. 367)

...would give communities local control to use Ranked Choice Voting.

"If cities want to eliminate separate, low-turnout, unrepresentative primaries—and broaden political participation in the process—they shouldn’t need to seek special legislative permission." - Rep. Steve Simon

The bill is “just common sense. This is simply about getting out of the way and letting cities innovate.” - Sen. Ann Rest

What do voters say about ranked ballots?

Minneapolis voters speak after voting on November 5, 2013

Jack Uldrich: Ranked-choice voting is needed at all levels

Star Tribune, October 15, 2014

This spring, a Rasmussen poll found that more than half of U.S. voters believe that neither of the two “major parties” is the “party of the American people.” The percentage of voters who report feeling disengaged from both the Republican and the Democratic parties had risen to a troubling 53 percent — up several points in less than a year.

"With RCV, no vote is wasted. IRV allows voters to vote their hopes instead of their fears by ranking candidates in order of preference without worrying about spoiler dynamics or wasted votes."

Tim Penny, former U.S. Congressman from Minnesota

Vote YES on Minneapolis Proposal to Raise Filing Fees

August 7, 2014 (Minneapolis) - The Minneapolis Charter Commission recently approved a proposal to raise the candidate filing fees for city offices. The proposal will now go before Minneapolis voters this November.

 The approved ballot language:

Mayor Rybak: Make history, build power, rank your vote

Dave Durenberger, Tim Penny: We need ranked-choice voting at the national level

MinnPost l 10/21/13

Washington, D.C., is more partisan, polarized and broken than ever, and new polls show that an overwhelming 78 percent of Americans think our country is headed in the wrong direction.

‘Palate to the Ballot’ Promotes RCV and a Better Democracy

‘Palate to the Ballot’ Promotes RCV and a Better Democracy

Star Tribune editorial advocates for earlier primary and Ranked Choice Voting

Low turnout argues for earlier primary. Add ranked-choice voting to give every winner majority status.

Star Tribune Editorial l August 15, 2012

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