Here we are now, educate us: Nirvana bassist to give voting talk at cidery


He was a founder of the iconic grunge band Nirvana, but Krist Novoselic will have politics on his mind when he gives a free talk in Northeast Minneapolis this week.

The former bassist is now a board chair for the national group FairVote, which campaigns for electoral reform, and he will speak with cider drinkers on behalf of FairVote Minnesota during happy hour at the Sociable Cider Werks this Thursday from 4-6 p.m, according to the organization's Facebook page.

It's a far cry from his heady days as a member of the legendary group he founded in Seattle with Kurt Cobain, with Dave Grohl later joining as a drummer.

Also at the happy hour will be Minnesota's Secretary of State Steve Simon, who is hosting the event, as well as several other local community leaders and officials who will debate changes to the democratic process.

CityPages reports Novoselic has focused on "social and political advocacy" in his post-Nirvana career, noting he wrote a 2004 book entitled "Of Grunge and Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy."

To attend the free event, you can RSVP here on the FairVote Minnesota event page.

Call for Ranked Choice Voting

One of the main aims of FairVote is to move the national electoral voting system to Ranked Choice Voting – the system currently in place for Minneapolis' mayoral and city council elections.

RCV allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference, with second and third choices coming into play if nobody wins an overall majority of first choice votes. You can watch an explainer video from 2013 here.

FairVote claims taking second and third preferences into account reduces the amount of tactical voting by giving people several choices – basically, they won't need to use their single vote to pick one candidate solely for the reason to keep another out.

It also claims that it leads to more positive campaigns by the candidates themselves, as they fight to win second and third preference votes from those who've already made up their minds.

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