2013 Minneapolis Sample Ballot

Going to bat for RCV

October 23, 2013

Some of us, anyway

Second choice: RCV lessons from 2009

February 5, 2013

One race offers some insights

Gaza: The Final Solution – a reprise

May 16, 2021

The next installment

For those of you II

November 9, 2014

I don’t like ranked choice voting. I suggested a couple of days ago that RCV, as it is known to its pals, might well have elected Dan Severson Secretary of State. I think there is an excellent chance it would have. On the heels of the election, the executive director of FairVote Minnesota issued a […]

For those of you

November 5, 2014

Who think statewide ranked-choice voting is such a really good idea

Gaza: The Final Solution

July 19, 2014

I write very little about international, or even national, matters. A lot of other people do, and do it better than I could. But the present of invasion of Gaza by the Israeli “Defense Forces” cries out for comment, even if it is merely cathartic for me. I hope it is more than that, of course. A […]

Keith Downey

The Weekly Wrap 12-22

December 22, 2013

♣ It’s that time of year, where the retirements of incumbent legislators start coming in bunches. Already this year Rep. Michael Paymar (64B) and Rep. Andrea Kieffer (53B) have both announced their retirements. And Rep. Mike Benson (26B), who is running for the GOP endorsement to take on Tim Walz in Minnesota’s first congressional district […]

Betsy Hodges

Fun with Graphs: 2013 Minneapolis election

November 21, 2013

Graphs concerning the results of the elections We begin with some graphs concerning the actual results of the actual elections. First up, a graph of the top Mayoral vote getters number of 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice votes. And a line graph of just the top three by round. Both of these graphs show, to […]

Ranked Choice Voting Talking Points Scorecard

The Ranked Choice Voting Spin Cycle

November 4, 2013

A few weeks back I wrote the following: And when the number one talking point for a thing is factually incorrect, it makes me wonder about the rest of the talking points. The thing to which I was referring, if the title of this post hasn’t yet given it away, is Ranked Choice Voting. The […]

2013 Minneapolis Sample Ballot

Ranked Choice Voting Question Time: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

October 28, 2013

This post is a continuation of my very topical series on Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). A series that began with a post tiled, “Ask Me Anything: Ranked Choice Voting,” where I pleaded with readers to ask me questions about Ranked Choice Voting so that I could turn around and use those questions to create hot […]

Minneapolis Mayoral Race Venn Diagram

Ranked Choice Voting Question Time: 35 Candidates and Vote Ranking

October 22, 2013

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts in which I attempt, however feebly, to answer questions about this newfangled (not really) thing called Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), or Instant-Runoff Voting, or as one candidate for Minneapolis Mayor pleads in his party affiliation “Count All Rankings.” The first post of the series concerned […]

A blinding flash of the obvious

October 21, 2013

Whoring for votes, Minneapolis style