Sunday, March 09, 2008

League of Women Voters to have a "Bake-Off" to demonstrate Instant Run-Off Voting (IRV)

The Duluth branch of the League of Women Voters is hosting an Instant Run-Off Voting (IRV) Forum and “Bake-Off” on Tuesday, March 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Duluth City Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall, at 411 West First Street.
The event is being billed as a “Bake-Off” because it will show how Instant Run-Off Voting works by using desserts as “candidates” in a real balloting session, with members of the public sampling desserts and then ranking them on a ballot using IRV.
Participating in the panel will be Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Minneapolis City Councilor Elizabeth Glidden, Duluth City Council President Roger Reinert, and FairVote Minnesota Executive Director Jeanne Massey. Duluth
Mayor Don Ness will deliver the opening remarks.
These participants will discuss why IRV is catching on in Minnesota and across the country, how the IRV method of voting works, and how IRV would work in Duluth. Panelists will also host a discussion of IRV with the audience and will take audience questions.
Moderating the forum will be League members Barb Olsen and Jill Rogers. Positively Third Street Bakery, Amazing Grace Bakery, and Chester Creek Café are donating the desserts, along with LWV President Deb Ortman, who will be baking one of her dessert specialties for the “election.”
The event is free and open to the public and will be recorded by PACT-TV (Channel 7 on cable) for later airing.
For further information about the forum, call Barb Olsen at 218-349-6681 or Jill Rogers at 952-210-5415. For information about FairVote Minnesota, see

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