For Immediate Release: August 25, 2020
Contact: Renée Cardarelle, 320-248-4629,

(Wright County, MN)– Ranked Choice Voting is a simple change to the ballot that allows voters to rank their preferences on the ballot — 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, etc. The rankings are used to conduct a virtual runoff to ensure elected officials earn broad majority support. It encourages more, and more diverse candidates to run for office, restores majority rule and gives voters more choice and more power at the ballot box. 

I support expanding Ranked Choice Voting in Minnesota for local, state, and federal elections and the power of communities to decide for themselves if RCV is right for them. The Local Options bill, would provide communities with this opportunity.

When so many voters are discouraged by the increasing polarization of our politics and the inability of our legislative bodies to confront the crises of our time — whether it be systemic racism, the pandemic, or its economic fallout — RCV offers a common sense solution that ensures elected officials are responsive to a broad majority of voters and fosters a more civil, inclusive, diverse, representative, and responsive democracy.

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About FairVote Minnesota

FairVote Minnesota (FVMN) works for a healthier democracy through public education and advocacy of electoral reform. We promote inclusive voting systems that foster greater choice and a stronger voice for all voters through increased competition, participation, and representation. We advocate specifically for Ranked Choice Voting, a system proven to be more inclusive, participatory, and representative than our current electoral system.