The DFL convention for the St. Paul School Board reflects a highly competitive and potentially divisive school board race ahead. If it's anything like the school board race in Minneapolis last year, we should brace ourselves for acrimony and mudslinging.
The tone of last year's Minneapolis school board race, conducted under traditional election rules, stood in stark contrast to the mayoral and city council races a year earlier in which ranked voting was used. The mayoral election was especially competitive and had the potential to be highly negative, but it wasn't. One reason is that ranked voting provides a tangible, vote-getting reason to stay positive and focused on the issues.