Listen to the mayor-elect, Jacob Frey and candidates speak about ranked choice voting. View the press conference here.
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL | November 10, 2018 – While every election has its winners, one of the biggest winners of Tuesday’s elections in Minneapolis and St. Paul was democracy, thanks to Ranked Choice Voting. With a diverse slate of candidates, issue-focused campaigns, and voter turnout numbers at the highest they have been in more than 20 years, the positive impact of Ranked Choice Voting on the democratic process has never been clearer.
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DREW PENROSE NOVEMBER 08, 2017
As we reported yesterday, Election Day 2017 featured several high profile ranked choice voting elections in cities and towns. Altogether, more than 200,000 voters ranked their choices in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Cambridge, Mass. and Takoma Park, Md in cities with a total population of about 844,500. Voters had real, meaningful choices, and could honestly rank those choices without needed to consider strategically how others would vote.
Yesterday made one thing clear: ranked choice voting can help foster a healthy political environment with competitive elections and high voter turnout.
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By Bill Dries
Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips uses the planets to walk people through how ranked choice voting works. Even Pluto is included in the nine-way race, although it is no longer considered a planet.
She took the example to the Memphis City Council last week, the only elected body affected by the city charter provision that would have voters rank their choices in a single-member district council race by preference. It does away with later runoff elections in races where no candidate gets a simple majority of the votes cast.
The candidate with the lowest total in the initial election is eliminated. The vote count then takes the second preference of voters and distributes them to the other candidates. That continues until someone has a majority of the votes cast. If the second preference is also out of the running, the count goes to a third preference. If that third preference gets counted out, the ballot is then declared “exhausted” – unusable.