february, 2019

24feb3:30 pmElecting More Women


Event Details

More Women Are Running for Office. Can Ranked-Choice Voting Help Get More Elected?

The 2018 elections saw an unprecedented number of women run for and win elected office across the United States, and at every level. A special event co-presented by FairVote Minnesota and VoteRunLead on February 24 will examine the rise in women running for office and how Ranked Choice Voting would improve the prospects of women and other underrepresented candidates.

The event, titled “Electing More Women,” will feature speakers Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan and Erin Vilardi, the co-founder and CEO of VoteRunLead, a Minnesota-founded national organization that has trained more than 30,000 women to run for office, including one-third of the women in Minnesota’s House of Representatives.

Vilardi will also be in conversation with FairVote Minnesota’s executive director, Jeanne Massey, Minneapolis City Council Member Linea Palmisano, Hennepin County Commissioner Irene Fernando and State Representative Aisha Gomez to discuss how election reforms such as Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) can help even more women be elected to office.

Despite a record number of women running this year, women remain woefully underrepresented in elected office. Twenty years ago Minnesota had 63 women in the Minnesota State Legislature; today, we have 64. During this same time, well over half of Minnesota’s county commissions remain without a single woman and of Minnesota’s 445 county commissioners only 12 percent are women.

Ranked Choice Voting is an election reform that allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference and has led to increased representation by women and other underrepresented communities.

“Electing More Women” takes place at the Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 24. Registration is at fairvotemn.org/rsvp.

FairVote Minnesota works to better democracy through public education and advocacy. The organization’s primary focus is on Ranked Choice Voting, an electoral system that leads to greater competitiveness, better representation and more participation in elections. For further information, see FairVoteMN.org.

VoteRunLead is a nonprofit organization that trains women to run for office and win. With more than 33,000 women trained, VoteRunLead is the largest and most diverse campaign and leadership program in the country. For further information, see VoteRunLead.org


(Sunday) 3:30 pm


Cowles Center

528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN