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BK on Full Representation
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Could the government shutdown have been avoided if we had a ranked voting system?
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BK for SOS News

Elect Me, Then Abolish Me

We don't need a Secretary of State

My Testimony to House Committee

Municipalities should have the right to choose ranked voting

Partisan Crossfire Over ID at the Polling Place

Ways to alleviate fear of fraud without suppressing the vote

 

San Francisco Saves $1 Million Using Ranked Choice Voting

A success for the second year. Read more

MCCL Not Fair To Minnesotans

Pro Lifers, Please Read This!

Burlington, Vermont--a Successful Instant Runoff Mayoral Election

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A WAY TO IMPROVE MINNESOTA

The most powerful thing you can do to improve politics in Minnesota is to support ranked voting. Find out how ranked voting can reduce polarization, increase participation, encourage more choices, and turn the focus from divisive issues to real solutions. Voters’ Rights.


GOODBYE MONEY!

HAVA--The Feds giveth and the Feds taketh away. (Voting equipment, today and tomorrow)


Ireland has the Best Electoral System in the World

Why don't we?


HELP ME!

Helping my campaign is easy, fun, surprising, and rewarding. See how by clicking here.


TAKE THE VOTER'S PLEDGE

Reduce the power of money in politics with an oath of good citizenship.


Aspiration: Every voter will be represented by a legislator that he or she voted for.

Seem impossible? Let’s take an example.

There are 67 Senate districts in Minnesota. But let’s simplify by saying there were 65. If we combined these districts so there were 13 districts with 5 senators in each district, we could use a Full Representation voting system. Most voters would have at least one senator that they voted for.

So if five senators were elected from Minneapolis from one big district, instead of from five separate districts, it’s likely that one or two Republicans would win. This would be the first time in many years that a Republican in Minneapolis would have a legislator that he voted for. It’s also possible that a Green Party candidate could get 20% of the votes and win a seat as well.

Meanwhile, out in Shakopee–Chaska–Eden Prairie, etc., where Republicans dominate, this would enable a DFLer to get one or two of the five seats. And perhaps even an Independence Party candidate.

Your vote would count. You would have someone you agree with from your district. You would also have someone you disagree with–someone you can try to convince. This representation gives you more of a stake in what happens at the Capitol. It also gives the two major parties some meaningful competition.

You would still have one legislator in the House of Representatives who came from your particular area.

With a system of Full Representation in place, everyone wins representation, not just the largest group. All races are competitive, meaning incumbents have to earn reelection. Since everyone's vote is important, real issues are debated, and more people vote.

The Secretary of State does not have the power to put this kind of voting in place. This would have to be enacted into law. But the Secretary of State can promote plans like this and participate in their implementation.

Here are some links to more information about Full Representation, also called Proportional Representation or PR.

Fairvote.org


No Contest Elections (most elections in Minnesota are totally predictable because of the lack of competition within geographic districts—full representation would change that)


FAQs on Proportional Representation


Map of electoral systems--most countries have now adopted PR

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