Ranked Choice Voting and the “Regime” that’s eating Minneapolis
Ranked Choice Voting … studying candidates’ positions … exhausted ballots … overvotes … undervotes … strategic votes … giant, voter-grinding calculating machines ...
Here’s to youuu … Mrs. Robinsonnnn … and blah blah blah.
Let me ask you a question, dear reader. If a “serious” mayoral candidate wins—would it make any difference in YOUR life?
For most people the answer is: “of course not.”
This is WHY most people DON’T VOTE in municipal elections. It’s not apathy … it’s rational behavior.
Minneapolis is ruled by labor unions, developers and people who work for governments and nonprofits—with some lawyers sprinkled in. That’s our regime.
They’re not bad people … but they’ve gridlocked the budget; it can’t move by more than a few percent. A few dozen new police officers—potholes fixed in July instead of August … that’s the best case.
Along comes Ranked Choice Voting.
Jaymie Kelly is on the ballot—fighting banks with her “Stop Foreclosures Now” plan. Doug Mann and Dan Cohen are on the ballot—both campaigning against the Wilfs. I’m on the ballot with “Demand Transit Revolution”—a plan for five-minute bus service, utility billing and free go cards for everyone in Minneapolis.
When I explain Transit Revolution to people at bus stops, it’s a new experience for them—a politician talking about something that would be an immediate, practical improvement in THEIR life.
Suddenly, people are being given reasons to vote!
From the “Regime” point of view, this is an absolute disaster.
This MUST be STOPPED!
Here’s the “Regime” plan:
1) make a list of five to eight “serious” candidates …
2) give people only three rankings …
3) try to convince everyone that it ACTUALLY MATTERS which of the “Regime” candidates wins.
It DOESN’T matter! Andrew, Hodges, Samuels, etc., among that bunch it DOES NOT … repeat DOES NOT … matter who wins … our gridlocked budget will … not … change!
Here’s the solution: Vote for candidates who can bring real, positive improvement in your life. Check out my “Demand Transit Revolution” plan. Vote for Doug Mann and/or Dan Cohen to fight the Wilfs. Vote for Jaymie Kelly to fight foreclosures and the banks. Read the “Political Principles” on the ballot—every candidate lists a party or principle— then vote for the ones that make sense to YOU.
Just don’t waste your choices on “Regime” candidates.
Let’s Dump The Regime … and replace it with We The People.