SUCCESS FOR RANKED CHOICE

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 4, 2009 - 2:06 PM

Most voters adapted to the new system with ease. But now the hand-counting begins in races without a clear winner. Now the waiting starts for candidates as hand-counting begins of ranked-choice votes in races where first choices don't indicate a clear winner.

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jansseNov. 3, 0910:36 PM

Not so fast with this Ranked Voting otherwise known as Instant Runoff Voting. Again the marketing to cities and the voters tells us what we want to hear, but it results in squeezing out the third party. I suspect that is the goal. http://instantrunoffvoting.us/

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tufford23Nov. 4, 0912:56 AM

The whole point is to make third (or fourth, or fifth, if you like) party candidates viable. Take for example last year's senate race. Say you really liked Barkley, but you hated Franken. Your heart said vote Barkley, but your head knew he had no real chance to win, so you voted Coleman. With IRV, you could pick Bakley number one, and Coleman Number two. That way if Barkley got the least number of first choice votes and was eliminated you would still get your vote against Franken, Coleman. But if there were enough people who chose Barkley over Coleman and Franken that he wasn't the lowest total, one of the two "Major party" candidates would be eliminated and all of those voter's second choice votes (Most likely for the centerist Barkley) would be added to Barkleys total in the next round of counting. It seems to me that this is the best route to a chance that a third party candidate would be elected.

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lutne2Nov. 4, 09 1:41 AM

It's so great to see RCV finally make its debut in Minneapolis, after all the hard work we did back in 2006. I wish I could've voted there myself today, but had to make do with watching proudly from Seattle. Congratulations to everyone at http://fairvotemn.org! And kudos to the neighbors across the river for following your lead.

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holzschuhNov. 4, 09 9:09 AM

The end to robot voting! Qualified people now have a chance to win. I wish we had this in the last election we wouldn't have a court installed senator!

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kmflesnerNov. 4, 09 2:41 PM

You call having to wait till possibly December for 75% of the election results a success?? I have some lakefront property in AZ I am looking to sell!!

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gener7Nov. 5, 09 2:02 AM

I define success more along the lines of getting candidates that better represent the majority of the electorate. I do not define success as someone's need for instant gratification to know the results.

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allarson73Nov. 5, 09 8:02 AM

I hate it. I live in Minneapolis and had this rammed down my throat. I adapted because I am not an idiot but this system is silly. Its a system to help lazy uninvolved people mess things up. It will not result in an end to hand recounts, a speedier process or a more fair result. We need to end this now.

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jburchettNov. 6, 09 7:59 AM

Only this paper could think that this process is a success.This was dreamt up by someone who obviously does not have to worry about passing a urine test.Only lefty's could embrace this UNAMERICAN system.

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