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Letter: Ranked choice voting is simple to understand

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I’m tired of hearing the unfounded complaints that Ranked Choice Voting is difficult to understand. These claims are groundless and unsubstantiated. RCV is as simple as 1-2-3. The ability to rank your choices in order of preference is extremely valuable and not difficult to understand.

The data agrees: an independent study from St. Cloud State University conducted in 2009 following the rollout of RCV in Minneapolis reported that 94 percent of voters found using a ranked ballot simple – that number that was 97 percent among voters of color. And in 2013, 85 percent of Minneapolis voters – of all races, income levels, education levels, and ages – found RCV very or somewhat simple to use. Considering the amount of confusion that surrounds voting in non-RCV elections (remember hanging chads, everyone?), that’s astounding!

RCV is already used in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and I believe other cities across the state should be allowed the option as well. That’s why I’m calling on Senator Sieben to hear the Local Options Bill (SF 335; HF 367). The bill would simply give communities more local control to discuss the possibility of using RCV. It’s a common-sense approach to local government.

We rank choices in our lives every day: where to go for lunch if your first choice is too crowded, what to watch on TV when your favorite show is cancelled, or what shirt to wear if your first choice is still in the laundry. Ranked Choice Voting is exactly the same: it’s as easy as 1-2-3! 

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