Ranked voting gets first runoff test

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 9, 2011 - 11:22 PM

The new system will decide St. Paul's Second Ward race next week. In the Fifth, Lee Helgen conceded to Amy Brendmoen.

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rok919Nov. 10, 1111:14 AM

This method of voting is fantastic. It absolutely removes the role of "spoiler" in an election. By spoiler I mean having two more similar and appealing candidates split the vote allowing the other to sneak into the office. A good example would be our most recent election for governor. Say you really liked Tom Horner, but felt like a vote for him was essentially a vote for Dayton. You preferred Emmer over Dayton. With this method you would rank your votes Horner, Emmer, Dayton. This way you can vote your conscience (Horner) and not worry about 'taking away' a vote for your next most desirable candidate. The scenario plays out for the other side when looking at Gore, Bush and Nader in 2000 (somewhat different with the electoral college and all, but you get my drift). I don't see how anyone who really wants the will of the people to be represented in their elected offices would not embrace this.

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inrealityNov. 10, 11 8:35 PM

Rok, I disagree. We don't need to change our voting from 1 vote for 1 candidate. This has worked well and it makes sense. It is straight forward and not confusing. There will be times when there are several candidates running for an office and someone will win with less than 50% of the vote. If the people really want one candidate then they should vote for that candidate. If you like Horner, vote horner. If you like Emmer than vote Emmer, etc. You have the choice on whom to vote for and you should get 1 vote. We have bigger voting issues to address than trying to change the fundamental of 1 person, 1 vote. We need voter ID. We need to end same day registration and vouching. We need a single method of voting across all counties and strict definitions on what a "vote" is on a ballot. We should also look at ways to allow people to vote in all local elections / levy votes for any place they own land. This doesn't mean they can vote twice for President or Congress but if you own land you should be able to vote in local elections to protect your property rights. These are all way more important issues than trying to move to some ridiculous multi-vote ranked voting system.

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momsphatboiNov. 11, 11 8:04 AM

opens the system up to a few peoples judgement can see some future disdeeds here. one person one vote. and do away with the electoral voting systems as well.

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