Duluth Better Ballot Campaign
On November 3, 2009 Instant Runoff Voting passed in Saint Paul!
Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) brings:
- Better choice: By replacing the two-round election with one instant runoff election, IRV ensures candidates will not be eliminated in low turnout primary elections. At the general election (when more people vote) ALL voters can choose from ALL the candidates.
- Better participation: Instant Runoff Voting encourages voter participation by increasing the variety and number of candidates on the ballot. Studies clearly show that Instant Runoff Voting increases voter participation.
- Better representation: Instant Runoff Voting assures fairer and more accurate representation of voters. Instant Runoff Voting provides results that better reflect the will of the voters. More people vote at general elections, so more voters get to choose who best represents them. Plus, Instant Runoff Voting empowers sincere voting--eliminating concern for vote wasting. Candidates will have a better idea about how many voters agree with their positions on the issues.
- Better campaigns: Instant Runoff Voting leads to more informative and positive campaigns. IRV brings more viewpoints into the debates and discourages negative campaigning. Candidates are better able to focus on the issues, so voters will be better informed.
In 2006, voters in Minneapolis and three other US cities and counties elected overwhelmingly to update their voting systems with Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). The movement for better voting has rapidly taken root across the country, with over 20 cities and counties now using or preparing to use IRV. It is a sensible reform that is endorsed by the League of Woman Voters, TakeAction, the Star Tribune, Sierra Club and several other Minnesota organizations.
In 2008, a petition signed by over 7,000 Saint Paul voters was certified to place an Instant Runoff Voting on our ballot. On June 24, 2009 the Saint Paul City Council voted to approve the ballot measure language for the General Election ballot. IRV passed on November 3, and will be used in the next municipal election in 2011.
We believe Instant Runoff Voting will eventually be the way all Minnesotans vote. The Twin Cities are leading the way!