Race, class and Ranked Choice Voting: Why the Jacobs-Miller study is largely irrelevant

Race and class structurally divide the United States. Economically we live in two nations separate but unequal, with political power and privilege fractured along this divide. Thus it comes as no surprise that Professors Larry Jacobs and Joanne Miller recently found that the use of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) by voters in the 2013 Minneapolis elections largely tracked this class and racial divide. Conceding that their statistics are largely correct, their analysis and conclusions are largely irrelevant to the debate about RCV, voting, or political power in Minneapolis or the United States. Continue Reading

¿Es mejor el Voto de Elección por Categoría?

Al tiempo de que te dirigías a las casillas para ejercer tu voto en las elecciones de alcalde y consejeros de la ciudad, como yo, tal vez te estabas preguntando acerca de este nuevo y equitativo método de votar, conocido como voto de elección por categoría (RCV, en inglés).Minneapolis primeramente usó el RCV en noviembre de 2009. Actualmente Minneapolis se encuentra entre la vanguardia al usar el voto de elección por categoría. Otras ciudades que utilizan este método son: St. Paul, MN; San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley y San Leandro, CA; Takoma Park, MD; Hendersonville, NC; y, Cambridge, MA.Este noviembre, muchos de nosotros llegamos a las Casillas para usar el voto de elección por categoría en la elección de alcalde y consejero del 2013. Ahora que Minneapolis ha adoptado el RCV para la mayoría de oficiales de la ciudad, ¿cómo es que se le considera mejor al método de votación tradicional de un voto por candidato?Así funciona el voto de elección por categoría: Después de que todos los votos son sometidos, los votos son tabulados usando un algoritmo. Continue Reading

OPINION | Is ranked choice voting better?

As you went to the polls to cast your vote in the Minneapolis mayoral and city council races, like me, you may have been wondering about this fairly new voting method known as ranked choice voting (RCV).Minneapolis first used RCV in November of 2009. Currently Minneapolis is among the vanguard in using ranked choice voting; other cities using this method are St. Paul, MN, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro CA, Takoma Park, MD, Hendersonville, NC and, Cambridge, MA.This November, many of us made our way to the pools to use ranked choice voting in the 2013 Minneapolis mayoral and city council election. Now that Minneapolis has adopted RCV for the majority of city offices, how is it considered better than the traditional one candidate one vote method?Here is how ranked choice voting works. After all the votes are in, the votes are tabulated using an algorithm. Continue Reading

OPINION | Excited about Ranked Choice Voting

Although my first-choice mayoral candidate didn’t win this year, I can’t help feeling excitement and pride about the results of this year’s Minneapolis municipal elections. All-in-all, they were a triumph – for women, for people of color, for political diversity, and for stronger democracy.

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Minneapolis, St. Paul: A tale of two cities in Ranked Choice Voting

The mayoral elections in Minneapolis and St Paul could not have been any different. One was loud and unscripted the other peaceful and predictable. Both spoke to the character of the two cities and what they mean for their futures. Minneapolis’ election was a generation changer preparing the city for the future while in St Paul it was an endorsement of the status quo holding the city in the past. But in both cases, ranked choice voting (RCV) successfully did its job. Continue Reading

Minneapolis voters rate ranked choice voting

Minneapolis’ mayoral election was the one of the first big tests of ranked choice voting in the country. The city’s first open seat mayoral contest in decades drew 35 candidates and voters could pick their top three choices. How did that go? Listen to what the voters have to say. Continue Reading

Kazoua Kong-Thao, Debbie Montgomery and Noel Nix are among the candidates hoping to win the Ward One St Paul City Council Seat

St Paul’s Ward One: Racial diversity and ranked choice voting in the mix in hotly fought election

A diverse mix of seven candidates, many of whom have backgrounds in community organizing, faced off in a forum Tuesday night at the Wilder Center, sparring for a chance to fill the Ward One City Council seat vacated by Melvin Carter III when he resigned to take a post in the Minnesota Department of Education last July. Among the candidates in the forum hosted by The League of Women Voters were former City Council member and St. Paul’s first female police officer Debbie Montgomery (she was knocked off the council by Carter in 2007), and Carter’s former council aide, Noel Nix. Other candidates included former St. Paul School Board Chair Kazoua Kong-Thao, Johnny Howard, founder of the Thomas-Dale Block Clubs, Dai Thao, an IT Manager, poet and contributor to Hmong Times, and Mark Voerding, past president of the District 7 Planning Council and aide to former council member Bill Wilson, plus Paul Holmgren, who has been endorsed by the St. Paul GOP City Committee.

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