Where all the Voting Systems are Above Average (hopefully)
These exciting developments have implications for statewide contests in 2010. Both Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman are possible candidates for the open governor's office. Rybak is a supporter of IRV while Coleman has not yet taken a position on the issue. With electoral reform taking Minnesota's largest cities by storm, the movement is being spread outside the Twin Cites through the advocacy of FairVote Minnesota. Former Republican Senator David Durenberger and Political Scientist David Schultz made the case for IRV in the Duluth News Tribune, while the Bemidji Pioneer editorialized in its favor. This snowballing interest in IRV is creating a dialogue on democracy and democratic institutions in all regions and at all levels in Minnesota; an exciting development that will hopefully be repeated in other states as local movements build on past successes.