Open Letter to Katie Sieben on Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV)

I wrote an email to Senate Subcommittee Chair on Elections Katie Sieben (sen.katie.sieben at senate dot mn), and I encourage you to do the same if you want to encourage the possibility of ranked-choice voting in cities across Minnesota:

I was disappointed to read your quote in the Star Tribune editorial about ranked-choice voting.  Obviously your position means more than more others, as you are the Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Elections.  Ranking preferences of candidates is not “too complicated” for voters.  In fact, it’s much easier than deciding whether to vote for the candidate I really want, or to vote for the candidate who is most likely to defeat someone I want out of office.  *That* creates a much more complicated scenario than it needs to be!

All cities in Minnesota should at least have the option of exploring whether RCV would work for them.  There must be a stronger argument against RCV than “it’s too complicated” and I would like to hear it.  Even grade schoolers know how to rank things.

One reason I am writing this letter today is the dismal turnout (six percent) at yesterday’s primary for Hennepin County Commissioner.  While it will always be challenging to encourage turnout at off-year primaries for special elections, RCV would eliminate the primary and allow Minnesotans to vote just once for important positions.  Minneapolis proved last year that RCV is a smart way to handle elections when many candidates are seeking office.

Please reconsider your position on ranked-choice voting.

2 thoughts on “Open Letter to Katie Sieben on Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV)”

  1. Katie, I’ve already written you about my deep disappointment in your decision to not even hear the bill. I am so happy to see that I’m not alone in this. Years ago Senator Marty was my senator in Roseville. He had our city election organized to use RCV – every candidate agreed – but Mary Kiffmeyer wouldn’t let it happen. I was enraged that she had the power to do that.
    We’ve used RCV in mock elections here in Douglas County, and it proved to be NOT complicated. How many Representatives from “safe” districts have “put the screws” on you in order to protect their gerrymandered elections?

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