Go the IRV route – Letter to the editor Minneapolis Star Tribune 11/19/06

When I saw the word “merger” in the title of Lori Sturdevant’s Nov. 12 column, I couldn’t believe she was writing of the center-left merger I had been dreaming about. I was wrong, of course; Sturdevant was talking about a possible DFL-I or DFL-Green merger to resolve the “spoiler” problem in statewide elections.

I would argue that the passage of instant runoff voting (IRV) statewide (as Minneapolis has just done for city elections) would have the same result as her dream of a merger and would preserve the long history of third parties in Minnesota.

Why should we compromise our principles to merge with the PAC-influenced DFL?

IAN STADE, MINNEAPOLIS

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