Our Mission

The Fight To Save Our Democracy

At FairVote Minnesota, we believe in a democracy that is inclusive, representative, participatory, civil, and responsive to the demands of the majorities of voters.

Yet divisiveness and polarization are threatening progress on the many challenges we face in our state and our nation. The root cause is our antiquated plurality voting method that limits voter choice, creates “spoiler” candidates, fuels negative campaigns, discourages candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives from running, and frequently elects winners opposed by a majority of voters. We are seeing the erosion of our democratic institutions and norms, decline in civility, and the rise of extremism and polarization.

FairVote Minnesota is a national leader in the movement for Ranked Choice Voting, one of the most significant and achievable reforms we can undertake to strengthen our democracy. It is a simple, but powerful change to the way we vote that gives voters more choice and more power, eliminates spoiler dynamics and structural inequities, incentivizes candidates to build majority coalitions, elects candidates supported by the most voters, and fosters elected leaders who govern and problem solve on behalf of the majority.

Ranked Choice Voting is simple, powerful, and non-partisan.

It is the best first step we can take to address the polarization and gridlock that has gripped our political system and to create a more inclusive, representative, and responsive democracy.

Now is the time and FairVote Minnesota has the plan to move our communities and our state forward.

Join us.

Jeanne Massey

Executive Director, FairVote Minnesota

Restoring faith in government begins with improving our electoral system. Ranked Choice Voting is simple, empowers voters, and rewards candidates who broaden support beyond their base.

It is a foundational change that would create the domino effect that would help us get to where we want to go just a little more quickly.

Dean Phillips

U.S. Congressman from Minnesota's Third Congresional district (Democrat)

Never have we needed good government more than we need it right now. It's not about partisan politics, it's not about party.

Ranked Choice Voting is the legacy of my lifetime, and that is why I support it so much.

Dr. Michael Osterholm

Director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

The core problem is a lack of sufficiently responsive governance, of sufficiently responsive political institutions. And how do we fix that? How can we have responsive political institutions?

Ranked Choice Voting is one of the number one recommendations of the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship

Danielle Allen

Professor at Harvard University; Director of Harvard Center for Ethics; Chair of the AAAS Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship

I like ranked choice voting. It has advantages. If I can't be your first choice, I want to be your second choice. So I think it brings a more civil campaign and I think that's a good thing and we can concentrate really on the issues at hand. So ranked choice voting is something I would support.

Gary Herbert

Governor of Utah (Republican)