FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, August 22nd, 2022
CONTACT: Chris Mulcahey
Bloomington Residents File Lawsuit Against City for Failing to Allow Ranked Choice Voting Repeal Ballot Measure
Bloomington, MN – Three residents of Bloomington, Minnesota filed a lawsuit on Thursday, August 18, 2022, challenging the City of Bloomington’s failure to place a proposed charter amendment to repeal Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) on the November 2022 ballot. The Upper Midwest Law Center is teaming up with attorney Greg Joseph to represent the three petitioners in the case.
The Bloomington City Council refused to place the measure on the ballot because of its objections to a portion of the proposed amendment related to how the amendment could be later canceled by voters. The City did not object to the rest of the amendment, which would repeal RCV, but decided to keep the rest off the ballot anyway.
The lawsuit marks the second time in the last 6 years that the City of Bloomington has refused to place a citizen-led proposed charter amendment on the City’s general election ballot. The first time, a lawsuit was filed, Jennissen v. City of Bloomington, resulting in a Minnesota Supreme Court decision instructing the City to place the citizen-led amendment on the ballot. That charter amendment then passed by a 54-46 vote.
Attorney Greg Joseph said: “For the second time in the last 6 years, the City of Bloomington has come up with a flimsy excuse to keep a citizen-led proposed charter amendment off the City’s general election ballot. The people stood up to the City and won before, and they will win again. Our clients look forward to having the opportunity to choose whether the failed Ranked Choice Voting experiment should be tossed out of the City Charter.”
UMLC Senior Trial Counsel James Dickey said: “Probably the worst part of Bloomington’s actions here is that they only objected to one secondary part of the proposed charter amendment, which is unrelated to the meat of the amendment. They didn’t object to anything else, yet they tossed out the whole thing. We believe the courts should and will correct this government overreach.”
A hearing is set for Tuesday, August 22nd, as the City and Hennepin County are slated to certify the November ballot to the Secretary of State next Friday, August 26, 2022.