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REFERENDUM: Ranked Choice Voting

We all know how important voting is in our democracy.  The selection of our representatives and leaders affects our lives and our world in very real ways.  Ideally, of course, the person with the most votes wins.  ("Ideally.")

Ranked choice voting is on the ballot in a few suburbs - Minnetonka, Bloomington, and likely others.  Speaking from my personal experience in Minneapolis, RCV gave me the opportunity to vote my heart as the first choice, and my pragmatism as my second and third choices.  RCV enabled me to not waste my vote or be a spoiler by siphoning off ballots from other, acceptable candidates.  We do not live in a binary world, and I believe that our ballots should reflect that.

RCV enables more candidates to participate, systemically enabling a more diverse ballot beyond just the usual two.  This is a visualization of RCV from the last Minneapolis election:

And, of course, get out and vote!

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