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Pierce County voters aren’t the only ones considering ranked choice voting

Post by David Wickert on Oct. 26, 2009 at 8:47 am with 5 Comments »
October 26, 2009 4:59 pm

As I reported today, Pierce County voters are considering whether to repeal ranked choice voting just three years after adopting it. But they’re not the only ones considering the voting system.

Voters in St. Paul, Minn., will decide whether to adopt the system next month. Minneapolis voters already have approved the system and will use it for the first time.

Here’s an article on ranked choice voting from Saturday’s St. Paul Pioneer Press. It quotes Pierce County Auditor Jan Shabro:

“It took a year of preparation and $750,000 in software,” said County Auditor Jon Shabro, who supplied facts and figures but is not endorsing one side or the other. “That election was the most expensive we’ve ever had. You double your costs.”


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  1. And if we adopted RCV for all races then we wouldn’t need to have any primary elections. That’d sure cut election costs.

  2. newswatch says:

    Way to say it PhilG!! Too bad our elections officials are stuck in the past.

    Pierce County elections officials have been very quick to say they will do what the voters say they want, but at the same time have run their misinformation campaigns to try to influence the vote.

    The Auditor’s office had a chance to be national leaders in the implementation of RCV, but they have blown it.

  3. ldozy1234 says:

    I loved the St Paul article. Their reporter clearly identified to the readers that the first run would have problems( counting delays, computer system glitches) WOW, people elsewhere understand a new system on its best day won’t run smooth the first time. Would seem to be a basic understanding but the political spins Drs. here have promoted this angle possibly to return us to the higher campaign contribution generating/ influenced previous system?
    Add a political system with an Auditor who either was inept or deliberately chose to skew the first run and here in Pierce County we again become the laughing stock with our performance.

  4. thriceallamerican says:

    “Jon Shabro, who supplied facts and figures but is not endorsing one side or the other.”

    Ha. Jon Shabro.

    Also, not endorsing one side or the other? I call B.S. Surprised she hasn’t yet blamed Russell leaving on RCV given all of the scapegoating she’s been up to.

  5. favoredandblessed says:

    Go Jan Go!!

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