Write a Letter to the Editor

You, yes you, should write an “LTE”

Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper is an incredibly impactful way to advance Ranked Choice Voting. Do not be worried if you have never written one, or if you feel you have nothing new to say. Political power depends on many people speaking up together to demand change. 

Steps to a great letter

  1. Read the “Example Letters” section of this page, so you can be a part of the current conversation. 
  2. Select the newspaper you would like to submit to and learn their submission guidelines (e.g. word count, submission process, etc…).
  3. Aim to convey one or two messages in the “LTE Key Messages” section of this page.
  4. Write a letter that follows the three-part formula.
    1. The Hook. A personal, attention grabbing first sentence that conveys the gist of the letter.
    2. The Argument. One to three paragraphs that flesh out your argument and convey your perspective. Short, simple, and personal is best.
    3. The Call to Action. End with a clear call-to-action for one or two target audiences.
  5. If you would like feedback on what you have written, feel free to reach out to info@fairvotemn.org.
  6. Submit your letter via your newspaper’s submission process.
  7. Let us know what happens, whether or not your letter is published. We would love to echo your work through our channels.

Five Key Messages

The Spoiler Effect

Because of the third-party Spoiler Effect, our elections too often are won by unpopular candidates without majority support. Ranked Choice Voting allows voters to express support for third-party candidates while still assuring that the winner is authentically the most representative candidate.

Divisive Polarization

Divisiveness, deceitfulness and polarization are tearing  our communities apart and it needs to stop. We need Ranked Choice Voting because it elevates unifying, truthful, issue-focused leaders.

More Choice + More Voice

Ranked Choice Voting gives voters more choice and more voice: it allows more viable candidates on the ballot while still assuring the winner is the best representative of the community.

Unrepresentative Primaries

The candidates on our local election ballots are chosen at costly, low-turnout, low-diversity, primaries. Let’s use Ranked Choice Voting in the general elections so that we choose our leaders through one efficient, high-turnout, representative election.

It's Non-Partisan Reform

Ranked Choice Voting is non-partisan. RCV elections are won by the candidate that is most unifying, and most representative candidate of their district, whether that person is conservative or liberal.

Example letters

Back candidates who back ranked choice voting (Sun Current)

To the editor: Tragically and for the second time, the Legal Marijuana Now candidate in the 2nd District race has died: Adam Weeks in 2020 and Paula Overby earlier this month. Since Overby’s death occurred so close to the election, she, like Weeks, will remain on the...

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Letter: Representing the will of the people

To the editor: Bloomington deserves representation in the Minnesota Legislature that works to make all of us more healthy, safe, and happy. We need legislators who focus on public safety, including access to physical and mental health care, affordable housing,...

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LETTER: We should employ RCV to assure majority results.

Pondering "Minnesota's case study in election imperfection," one might reasonably wonder about the relevance in 2022 of the uniquely squeaky 2008 election that pitted Al Franken against Norm Coleman for U.S. senator. Tice was careful to note that voter fraud was not...

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Democracy Internships at FairVote Minnesota

About FairVote Minnesota: FairVote Minnesota is leading the Ranked Choice Voting nonprofit in the state. Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is a simple but powerful reform that allows voters to rank the candidates in order of preference. It gives voters more choice and more...

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LETTER: Election poster child for ranked-choice voting

If there were ever an election poster child for ranked-choice voting (RCV), the open election for Hennepin County attorney would be it. This is a nonpartisan race in which the top two candidates in the Aug. 9 primary will advance to the general election in November....

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LETTER: Ranked-choice voting has advantages

Originally published in the Sun Current, August 21, 2022. To the editor: Back in 2020, I voted on the Bloomington ballot for ranked-choice voting after doing some research online and in the local newspapers about it. I thought it had several advantages over the...

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LETTER: Bloomington voters have already spoken

Originally published in the Sun Current, July 31, 2022. To the editor: I oppose the effort to repeal Bloomington’s ranked-choice voting ordinance. Bloomington voters approved the ordinance just two years ago, and it worked flawlessly in the first ranked-choice...

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