Raise filing fee to weed out recreational Minneapolis candidates

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 13, 2013 - 11:54 PM

An overcrowded ballot can spoil an election.

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kjffkjffOct. 14, 13 6:06 AM

It might be true that offering filing-by-petition favors those with the wherewithal to hire paid signature gatherers (although the editorial provides no evidence that is an issue in Minneapolis) but then raising the filing fee to dissuade filers per set uses cash as a gateway to ballot access. Wel it's only a few hundred dollars, you might say. Try telling that to a single dad incensed about his garbage fees or a laid off worker upset about her property taxes. Wealth, no matter how little, should not be used as a government-mandated barrier to getting on the ballot. And as for the cost of verifying signatures - now that's an appropriate price of government. You want to reduce the number of candidates on the November ballot, as I do. Hold a primary. There's nothing about ranked choice voting that inherently precludes primaries. Just use the primary to whittle the general election to five candidates or some similar number.

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owatonnabillOct. 14, 13 9:01 AM

Such a suggestion, if put into practice, would be step one on a VERY slippery slope. It is no different in effect from a poll tax. In fact the intent of both is precisely the same: create a financial threshold so that "undesirable" (voters, candidates) do not engage in the electoral process. There are other ways: kjffkjff's suggestion in the first post of this thread makes sense. But maybe the best way is to dump this "ranked choice" nonsense and go back to a system that at least made a little sense. Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.

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fooledmeonceOct. 14, 13 9:08 AM

the 35 candidates is a true representation of the citizens of Minneapolis, a cross section of all types of city dwellers. good luck to all the hopefuls in their quest for the cities big job.

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Seawaves AheadOct. 14, 1311:19 AM

RCV was implemented to ensure that the DFL endorsed candidates won all races while giving the liberal fringe a chance to be heard. The DFL power brokers did not expect there would be races where their selected candidate would be irrelevant. This shows how out of touch the party bosses are. It is supposed to work like St. Paul where the right people won all the seats.

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occam73Oct. 14, 1311:55 AM

If you can't figure out how to raise $500 and collect a few hundred of signatures, you might not be a strong candidate to lead a city of more than 390,000 people. That's not raising the drawbridge on democracy: that's asking candidates to build a small base of support before they join the fray.

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GCRILEY100Oct. 14, 1312:13 PM

Seawaves Ahead Oct. 14, 13 11:19 AM RCV was implemented to ensure that the DFL endorsed candidates won all races while giving the liberal fringe a chance to be heard. The DFL power brokers did not expect there would be races where their selected candidate would be irrelevant. This shows how out of touch the party bosses are. It is supposed to work like St. Paul where the right people won all the seats. ____ You need to define "right people"

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Seawaves AheadOct. 14, 1312:58 PM

to GCRILEY100: The right people are the DFL party endorsed candidates. Who else could they possibly be?

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ginny6Oct. 14, 13 1:24 PM

"RCV was implemented to ensure that the DFL endorsed candidates won all races" --- I don't believe the DFL party ever officially endorsed RCV. There may have been some people within the DFL who supported it, but the party never officially voted to support it.

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ginny6Oct. 14, 13 1:25 PM

Dump RCV. It's a costly, confusing, unnecessary cluster.

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ginny6Oct. 14, 13 1:26 PM

"The right people are the DFL party endorsed candidates. Who else could they possibly be?" ------ Nothing precludes any other party from trying to win voters and fielding candidates.

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