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ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – DFL lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to bring ranked-choice voting for state and federal elections in Minnesota.
Currently, ranked-choice voting, which allowed voters to rank candidates in order of preference, is already used in local elections in some cities, like Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Bloomington.
Reduce extremism and division
Speaking Thursday, the lawmakers behind the effort touted it as a way to dissuade ‘toxic’ politics.
“Ranked-choice voting is the best step we can take to reduce extremism and division,” argued state Senator Kelly Morrison, the bill’s chief author. “When I talk to voters in my purple district, I hear concerns from people on both sides of the aisle about how toxic politics and division are damaging our democracy.”