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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.

Ward 10 social media

So the DFL caucus is tonight, and I am actually going to attend, in a possibly vain attempt to get rid of Meg Tuthill.  While I agreed with her on some things (like keeping a Trader Joe’s off of Lyndale), she seems too focused on insignificant problems, such as noise levels of rooftop patios.  In addition, with RT on his way out, we need some serious leadership when it comes to improving our city’s bicycling infrastructure and moving forward with a cleaner environment.

So can social media predict civic engagement?  Believe it or not, this question has been asked by every lazy journalist ever!  At the time of this writing it looks like Ken Bradley is currently in the lead.  As of this writing, he’s got 1,784 Twitter followers and 485 “Likes”!  Second place goes to Kendal Killian and his 1,044 Twitter followers and 422 Likes.  Lisa Bender is up next with 154 Twitter followers and 314 Likes.  And then there’s Meg Tuthill – she has no Twitter account (though there is a really weak parody account) and 167 Likes.

So there you have it – a pointless comparison of pointless metrics.  Stay tuned to learn how this one weird tip can impact your LinkedIn connections!