City Council Divided on Giving $19K to Lawbreakers for Instant Runoff Voting Education

St. Paul’s local paper REPORTS on a round of contentious discussions within the City COuncil about FairVote Minnesota’s history and the need to give them $19K to educate the public on Instant Runoff Voting.

in 2009, the state found that the St. Paul Better Ballot Campaign, part of FairVote Minnesota, engaged in “multiple and deliberate” violations of campaign law. The agency also slapped the campaign with the maximum allowable fine.  The administrative law judges handling the case also noted that the campaign was “unapologetic” about the violations.

The Ramsey County Elections Manager Joe Manskey wrote to the council that additional education, outside of the extensive outreach his office was engaged in, was not necessary.

“At this point, I do not see the need for any additional city funds…to properly conduct our public information and educational activities,” WROTE Manskey

Before the 5-2 decision, it was noted that those in favor of spending the additional funds were all running for office in the upcoming IRV election.

Council member Dave Thune noted he wasn’t a supporter of the new voting system, “I gotta tell you, at community meetings, it’s the Number 1 question – how you do it. … Even I need some training on it.”

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