New Minneapolis voting rules could diminish equality

  • Article by: Lawrence R. Jacobs and Joanne M. Miller
  • Updated: August 6, 2013 - 7:24 PM

Ranked choice voting appears to discourage and confuse the less educated.

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elmore1Aug. 6, 13 8:52 PM

A little effort to understand the candidates and issues seems reasonable to me. Setting the bar low keeps our dysfunctional and media driven two party system in place. Good for Mpls for trying to get people to actually vote for qualified candidates and not the donkey or elephant who promises them what they want to hear.

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tuttifruttiAug. 6, 13 9:32 PM

"Ranked choice voting appears to discourage and confuse the less educated."

This country is in a world of hurt because the uneducated vote and they always vote for democrats.

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dave9398Aug. 6, 13 9:33 PM

"Ranked choice voting appears to discourage and confuse the less educated." --- shouldn't we want smarter people voting?

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kilofoxAug. 6, 13 9:36 PM

Maybe the Dems can stand outside the polling place with a copy of the ballot and just show them who they should vote for. Or better yet just hand out ballots already filled out. It may save a lot of time.

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mondaveauAug. 6, 1310:00 PM

OK, so I'll try this again. If you're not smart enough to understand something as simple as RCV, then perhaps you should not be voting. There, I think that complied with all the terms and conditions (except for not being PC).

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stpaulisbestAug. 6, 1310:00 PM

And que the haters. This was always a bad idea. If nothing else, even the supporters would have to agree that 'instant runoff' simply means that during the "runoff" the voter has no chance to see who actually made it to the runoff stage. Since polls tell us that voters tend to vote against a candidate rather than for a candidate this means that the voters are effectively disenfranchised in the runoff stage because they don't know who is actually remaining on the ballot. They could very well vote differently if they were allowed to know who made it to the runoff stage.

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bdthompsonAug. 6, 1310:58 PM

RCV is one of the worst ideas to come along and a real threat to the idea of one person, one vote, the basis of our democracy. No one ever said democracy was supposed to be cheap or efficient. I would rather see a second election to whittle down the field. With RCV some people (not all) get more than one vote. If I vote for the leading candidate as my first choice, I don't get another vote. But if I vote for the loser as first choice, then, gee whiz, I get another vote. This can lead to total confusion as anyone trying to figure out the 6, 8, or is it 10 different candidates will probably just give up. Instead of RCV, set a threshold (25%?) that a candidate would have to get and have them on a second election. It could be soon after the first one (they have already campaigned) and, while it may cost something, would provide a much better result on the public opinion.

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mdachsAug. 6, 1311:35 PM

I agree with a few of the former comments - if people don't understand how to vote or are unwilling/unable to learn how to vote, then they should not vote. I don't think that this issue even merits an article in the Strib.

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ginny6Aug. 7, 1312:09 AM

So-called ranked choice voting is a bad idea for *all* voters. It's not a good idea to have no primary and then a dozen candidates on the general election ballot. How can one research all of them? How do you have a pointed debate when there are a dozen people? It is better to have a primary, whittle the candidates down and have a pointed debate going into the general election.

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ginny6Aug. 7, 1312:14 AM

"A little effort to understand the candidates and issues seems reasonable to me." ----- Sure, but the issue is that with ranked choice it will require a huge, inordinate amount effort, and chances are that people won't be able to get enough detailed information about the candidates. In-depth coverage is hard to come by when there are 12 candidates.

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