1. Standing up to the corporate domination of our political machinery (the “dark money”) is a winning message. A clean, sustainable energy future is a winning message. Protecting individual freedoms and privacy is a winning message. Youth, Libertarians, Greens and Independents hold these values in common.
2. Next we need to unite under the banner of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) and explain to Minnesotans that RCV is the way to ensure the will of the majority is being expressed in election results.
RCV allows voting for your most ideal candidate without throwing the election to your least favorite candidate. For example, those voting for Ralph Nader in the 2000 presidential election each meant one less vote for Al Gore and allowed George Bush to win by a slim margin.
Under RCV, after you vote your number one favorite (say Nader), then you vote for your second favorite (say Gore), and then if no one gets over 50% of the vote (as was the case with Bush), then the lowest vote-getter gets dropped (would have been Nader) and the Nader voters second choice gets tabulated, and so on (if there are more than three) until one of the candidates tops 50%.
If we adopt Ranked Choice Voting in Minnesota third party candidates will no longer be castigated as “spoilers” which should result in stronger third parties and more political choices. It is a way to trump the “dark money” that dominates our current two-party system. Like the sign said, “I’ll believe corporations are people when Texas executes one.”
3. Between now and the 2016 election:
(a) we identify 15 to 20 “swing districts” for legislative seats where the winner has regularly been decided by 500 votes or less and the district has alternated back and forth between electing Democrats and Republicans;
(b) we recruit from the millennials and from college campuses to find a Libertarian, a Green or an Independent to run in each such swing district for the state legislature;
(c) once that candidate has enough face-to-face interactions to have “banked” 500 votes on the need for Ranked Choice Voting, then the candidate offers to withdraw and throw his/her support behind the first major party candidate who “signs in blood” to support Ranked Choice Voting at the legislature.
4. The Minnesota Legislature passes Ranked Choice Voting into law.
5. There are also some 400 local offices that sat vacant with not a single person signed up to run in Minnesota’s 2014 mid-term elections. Recruiting millennials, whether they be Libertarians, Greens, Independents, Democrats or Republicans, to run for office with the goal of enacting Ranked Choice Voting on a state-wide basis could be the start of something exciting. All those ready to enlist, either by helping to recruit or running, please sign up!
P.S. You can read more about restoring positivity to politics in my “Open Letter to Jack & Nick.” I really hope our up & coming generation gets a way to make their voice powerful having a way to vote their ideal political beliefs.
Tomorrow: Tribute to Dad