Soon to be former St. Paul Council-member Kassim Busuri

Chasing Those Precious Second Choice Votes Part 2

November 11, 2019

On Friday November 8th St. Paul conducted the reallocation of Ranked Choice Voting Votes for Wards 1 and 6. This was a big moment for the anonymous St. Paul “insider” we were introduced to in part one of this soon to be concluded series. Either the “insider” would be correct and Ward 6 Council-member Kassim […]

Likely St. Paul Ward 6 winner Nelsie Yang

Chasing Those Precious Second Choice Votes

November 6, 2019

Appointed St. Paul Council-member Kassim Busuri appears to have lost his seat in yesterdays elections. I say appears because while he’s way, way behind, and has no realistic chance of victory, he’s not actually eliminated yet. He could still pull this thing out. If you read the mistake-prone half of the Morning Hot Take Dish […]

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 […]

Matt Entenza

The Weekly Wrap 6-15

June 15, 2014

KSTP/SurveyUSA released a poll last week that I will address in a future, standalone, post. In the meantime, The Wrap™ is here to scratch your Minnesota politics itch. ♣ Matt Entenza, candidate for state Auditor, filed a complaint this week against the incumbent Auditor, Rebecca Otto, with the Office of Administrative Hearings claiming that she broke […]

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 […]

Scribners 1880 Popular Vote

The Weekly Wrap 11-17

November 17, 2013

♣ The big story that dropped in last Sunday’s edition of the StarTribune was that the electronic campaign finance records curated by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board were riddled with errors: About 7,000 records of donations between Minnesota groups are incorrect — an error rate of about one in seven. Electronic records […]

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 […]

2013 Minneapolis Sample Ballot

Going to bat for RCV

October 23, 2013

Some of us, anyway

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 […]

2013 Minneapolis Sample Ballot

More Ranked Choice Voting Responses

October 21, 2013

I will be moving on to other aspects of Ranked Choice Voting, seriously. But before that I’m going to post a couple more comments on the issue of majority winners. If you’re just tuning in, my first post on the issue was “Ranked Choice Voting Question Time: Majority Winner,” and the first comment I’m posting […]