Residents try new voting system

  • Article by: Steve Brandt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 19, 2009 - 7:27 AM

Instant-runoff voting is easier to cast than count, judging by our informal test run that sampled people ranging from our office to a senior citizen residence.

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tonysolgardAug. 18, 09 9:28 PM

One of the best articles I've seen on the subject. --from the guy who re-introduced the idea locally in 1992 -- Tony Solgard

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drillforoilAug. 19, 0910:34 AM

Trying to change the system for the better of the DFL. This is wrong and shouldn't even be considered. Learn how to vote the right way and you wouldn't have to waste all of the time on this useless way. It's pretty simple to color in a box for the person you want in office.

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soldierretAug. 19, 0911:15 AM

How will the democrats win if there are no undiscovered ballets laying around?

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largewuAug. 19, 0912:17 PM

Who says the current voting system is "right", drillforoil? What this really does is erase the "wasted vote/lesser of two eveils" argument that prevents people from voting for 3rd party candidates. It promotes a government that is more representative of its people. Or are you against that.

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stjohnsonAug. 19, 0912:22 PM

It should be comical this fall. Several thousand people now cannot fill in a circle or connect two lines and next they will be expected to write in their choices? The best line is "Under the city's ranked-choice ordinance, election judges will be allowed to make certain presumptions to correct some ballots where voters cast ballots that run afoul of ranked-choice voting protocols." This sounds like we are putting quite a bit of control into the hands of the judges and look where that got us in the last senate race.

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inrealityAug. 19, 0912:29 PM

should not even be considered. There is no reason our government can't provide a simple & accurate voting system to run our elections. There is plenty of money going to our government and they need to prioritize it for the right things. A sound computerized voting system should be implemented that after a vote is cast it also prints out a finished ballot that the voter can review for accuracy & initial or stamp or something and throw it in a locked container. Now the vote would be computerized for easy calculation and there would also be a paper trail of printed ballots but the voter would not need to fill out a box, check a box, etc. This would eliminate using the wrong pencil, not filling in a box completely, etc. I don't see why this is such a big deal. We need ballot box reform more than healthcare reform. We need to make sure the people we are electing are actually the people getting the most votes.

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