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Saturday, March 02, 2013

Memo on "Voter Errors"

Recenlty, I presented the below memo to a legislative committee considering a very good bill that will, if adopted, allow smaller "statutory" cities that don't have their own charters to use ranked choice voting (RCV) for their municipal elections.

This bill has become an opportunity for a set of ranked choice voting opponents to criticize the 2009 RCV election in Minneapolis.  They are making the argument that RCV somehow disenfranchises certain communities, and point to "voter errors" in 2009 as proof.

They are wrong.  No voters were disenfranchised in the 2009 election.  This memo is my rebuttal of the misinformation (or, perhaps, deliberate disinformation) they are spreading.


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