Tune up city election laws in Minneapolis, St. Paul

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 7, 2013 - 5:59 PM

Slow count reveals need for adjustments.

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patriciaohmansNov. 7, 13 7:07 PM

This is silly. We have to wait almost a week to know who our new Ward One city council representative will be? What "post-election" duties could Ramsey County officials have to tend to that are more important than tabulating votes in our city council race?

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ciamanNov. 7, 13 9:31 PM

Perhaps, just perhaps the local paper is full of beans? Most people I know do not like the RCV at all as this whole smoke pot stinks. Just let it go back to the way it had been for almost 100 years. Sometimes new things are not advertised as to what they turn out to be. I think the whole thing speaks of rigamarole and revenant to a liberal local press.

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mdgoldnerNov. 8, 13 7:44 AM

This editorial has it just right. RCV is not the problem!

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mhrichardson99Nov. 8, 13 9:51 AM

I loved RCV. Maybe not having 35 candidates for mayor, but that will be less likely with an increased filing fee. I greatly appreciated that RCV kept most of the campaigns civil. Did you all notice the almost complete absence of negative, ad hominem attacks? The tone was more vote for xyz because of who they are and what they have accomplished and what they will bring to the office, rather than vote for me against xyz because they have this horrible thing in their past. That is very refreshing. That is what RCV brings to the election cycle! RCV has my full support.

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swmnguyNov. 8, 13 9:55 AM

RCV isn't the problem. We just need a better system for counting the votes, and we need to ignore the corporate parties and media who hate RCV.

We also should not increase filing fees. Why use money to keep out participation? Since when is having money a qualification for office? How about requiring 250 or 500 signatures on a petition, and a $0 filing fee? That way only someone serious enough to put a little work into it can run, regardless of whether or not they have any money.

When there are problems with democracy, the solution is more democracy, not less.

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davehougNov. 8, 1311:14 AM

SOOOOO to get the "right" election, we won't even look at the ballots of the lowest vote total candidates???? I agree having many candidates and 3 votes means shifting some very puny vote totals. If 3 nobodies ran, did not try to get elected and got a total of 30 votes, would we say we got the "right" election by recasting those 30 votes??????

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regularxNov. 8, 1312:58 PM

I recommend a $1,000 filing fee OR 1,000 signatures. If you're a serious candidate for mayor and you can't raise either the cash or the signatures, you shouldn't be on the ballot. I loved RCV---increase the filing bar and change the ordinance so the counting is faster and saner. It shouldn't be too hard. And ignore the RCV haters.

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Truth Be ToldNov. 8, 13 1:01 PM

In spite of 35 candidates on the ballot, it doesn't appear that the multitude of candidates hampered the voters' ability to identify the serious and most credible candidates. So what's the harm in letting the others exercise their rights to participate in the democracy? Restrictive ballot access is not a principle of democracy.

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wickopediaNov. 8, 13 3:09 PM

People and this press, need to get off the bandwagon of raising fees to run for office. In case nobody has noticed, we need more choices to vote for not less. As the two party system we have operating now. Is broken. Big money cannot possibly buy out 6 or 7 parties. And if we had more parties, they would actually have to do what people used to do. Compromise, and actually serve the people. Instead of serving the people with the most money. Any actions that try and stifle the many voices of this country. Is not good. So leave fees where they are. And any inconvience it creates, is worth it. Because the way this country operates now, people have less and less of a chance to be heard. And perhaps we should relax standards and have RCV for national offices with more choices for those offices. Then, just maybe the two party monopoly, would sit up and listen.

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