FairVote Minnesota Events

Upcoming Events

FairVote Minnesota frequently conducts training and informational sessions for community groups. If you’d like to schedule one contact us at info@fairvotemn.org.

Past Events

Black Leaders at the Forefront of Democracy Reform

Tuesday, March 23


University of Minnesota Professor and FairVote MN Board Member Dr. Michael Minta, one of the country’s leading experts in the study of the political representation of African American interests in the United States, will moderate an all-star panel of Attorney and human rights activist Zaylore Stout, Community Change Organizer Mike Griffin, and some of the leading reform advocates at the state legislature, including Rep. Cedrick Frazier, Rep. Esther Agbaje, Rep. Hodan Hassan, Rep. Athena Hollins, and Rep. Mohamud Noor.

This expert panel will explore ways we can reform our democracy so that all citizens are empowered and fully represented and discuss how Ranked Choice Voting, among other reforms, can meet the challenges of systemic racism.

Fighting for Our Democracy with Secretary of State Steve Simon

December 27, 2020

Amazing! More than 100 people joined us on December 27th for our special zoom event, Fighting for our Democracy with Special Guest Secretary of State Steve Simon.

Secretary Simon outlined the unique challenges posed by holding an election during a once in a century pandemic and how despite those challenges, we achieved close to 80% voter turnout — the highest in the nation and the highest voter turnout in Minnesota in 64 years! Thank you to Secretary Simon and our election workers — and Minnesta voters — for persevering to achieve this result…

A Tale of Two Crises: Political Polarization and COVID-19 with Dr. Michael Osterholm and Andy Slavitt

September 30, 2020

On Wednesday, September 30th, more than 300 people from around the country logged in to join FairVote Minnesota’s event, A Tale of Two Crises: Political Polarization and Covid-19.

The conversation made clear that political polarization and leadership failures have made consistent, collaborative action on the virus difficult, if not impossible, and Ranked Choice Voting is among the most promising reforms to address that polarization given its viability and track record…

Creating a Racially Just Democracy with Danielle Allen, Stephen Heintz and Sondra Samuels

August 27, 2020

Wow! More than 400 people tuned in on Thursday to join our event, Creating a Racially Just Democracy. Many of you were inspired by the hopeful message of our expert panel — that we can join together with common purpose and reform our government so it is responsive to the people and addresses the challenges of racial injustice.

Danielle Allen and Stephen Heintz, co-chairs of the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship, a project of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, joined Sondra Samuels, President and CEO of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) to discuss the Commission’s Report on America’s declining political institutions, recommendations to strengthen our democracy, and ways in which these reforms can help create a more racially inclusive and responsive government…

Polarization in a Time of Crisis with Dr. Lee Drutman and Congressman Dean Phillips

May 21, 2020

Over 400 people tuned in on May 6 to hear from national leaders about dangers facing our democracy and what we can do about it.

Polarization in a Time of Crisis, with author and award-winning political scientist Lee Drutman and U.S. Congressman Dean Phillips, was well attended and hugely successful!

These two national leaders joined FairVote MN Executive Director Jeanne Massey, Board Member Dr. Michael Osterholm, and business leader Marilyn Carlson Nelson for a vibrant conversation about how political polarization is standing in the way of an effective public response to the pandemic crisis and nearly every other issue facing our nation. They agreed that Ranked Choice Voting is one of the most powerful, proven reforms to fix what is broken in our democracy…

Rank Your Vote is a project of FairVote Minnesota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan election reform organization that engages hundreds of volunteers and thousands of supporters. Together, we work for a stronger democracy through public education and advocacy for Ranked Choice Voting, a system proven to be more inclusive, democratic, and representative than our current plurality electoral system. We educate and support candidates, elected officials, cities and voters in preparation for RCV elections.