FairVote Minnesota supports passage of modest, sensible, and straightforward legislation that would make Ranked Choice Voting an option for cities that wish to innovate. We are working with legislators to pass our Local Options bill, which will make it easier for efficiency-conscious communities to switch to Ranked Choice Voting if they wish.
The Local Options bill enjoyed bipartisan support in the previous biennium, with Scott Newman (R-Hutchinson) and Ann Rest (DFL-New Hope) in the Senate and Tim Sanders (R-Blaine) and Laurie Halverson (DFL-Eagan) in the House co-sponsoring the bill. We’ll continue to push for passage with bipartisan support this session.
Check back soon for updates about the bill, which would free statutory jurisdictions to use Ranked Choice Voting if they choose, and allow charter cities to approve RCV by ordinance. It also would establish guidelines to ensure that the next generation of voting equipment is RCV-capable. The bill would impose no mandates and has no effect whatsoever on communities uninterested in pursuing RCV.
Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have now used Ranked Choice Voting twice with tremendous success! And more Minnesota cities – including St. Louis Park and Brooklyn Park – are in various stages of exploring a move to RCV.
Former bill author Steve Simon continues to champion the bill in his new role as Secretary of State. He described the local options measure as a “Goldilocks option — it’s just right. It’s a compromise that says not that any jurisdiction should have Ranked Choice Voting, but if they want to have it, they shouldn’t have to come on bended knee to ask the legislature to ask special permission... if [a city] wants to experiment with RCV, they ought to do it.”
For more information about the local options bill, its supporters and its progress, contact FairVote Minnesota Executive Director Jeanne Massey at Jeanne.firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-850-6897.