On May 2, the student senate at St. Olaf college adopted a resolution to use ranked choice voting in their Spring 2018 elections. Next year’s ranked choice voting election will be a one year pilot for the system, and supporters are hopeful the adoption will then become permanent.
Like voters in nearby Minneapolis and St. Paul and students at more than 50 US schools, Oles can look forward to inclusive, civil campaigns and elections won with majority support and consensus. Tyler Benning, the Student Senate’s Bylaws Chair, noted the excitement: “Multiple Senators spoke to share their general support for RCV, and the proposal passed unanimously.
“I was really encouraged to see how readily people took to a new form of voting and to see such wide support for RCV- my favorite quotation of the night was ‘RCV is a demonstrably superior system of voting, and we owe it to our constituents to give them demonstrably superior elections.’”