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Monday, April 19, 2010

Judge Rules Against Anti RCV Lawsuit

Recently the Distrcit Court of Northern California, San Fransico Division, was asked if the City and County of San Francisco’s ranked choice voting system, which limits the number of rankings to three (as the 2009 Minneapolis municipal election did) unreasonably infringes upon voters’ rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Its response? No. The court found that ranked choice voting is constitutional.

You can read the full decision here.

This decision affirms, again, that ranked choice voting is legal, workable and fair, in addition to being popular with Minneapolis voters. I am confident that if ranked choice voting opponents bring an "as applied" lawsuit against Minneapolis in regards to the 2009 election, they will get the same response.


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