Ranked Choice Voting
One: It was confusing. Two: It took far longer to count the ballots than supporters said it would. Three: It was a fix for a system that wasn’t broken. That is my ballot. What’s yours?
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman celebrated re-election Tuesday night after winning nearly 80 percent of the vote. With all 97 precincts reporting, Coleman held 78 percent of first-choice votes.
Minneapolis City Council member Betsy Hodges is the early leader in the race to be the next mayor of Minnesota’s largest city. Hodges led comfortably Tuesday night as returns were nearly complete, but the city’s ranked-choice voting system meant no winner was expected to be declared until Wednesday at the earliest.
Voters in 35 communities and 113 school districts in Minnesota are casting ballots in municipal elections today. And the most high profile race is the most unpredictable.
Tuesday is Election Day across Minnesota. Voters will go to the polls to elect mayors and city councils and vote on school referenda. But all eyes are on Minneapolis, where voters must select a mayor from the largest group of candidates in city history. They’ll use a new voting method called ranked-choice voting.
With Election Day just one week away, the six leading candidates for Minneapolis Mayor took to the stage Tuesday night in a rather friendly debate that heavily revolved around crime, a street car system, and even the means of which they get voted in on Tuesday – ranked-choice voting.
On Tuesday next week — Election Day — voters in Minneapolis will head to the polls to choose a new mayor and a new city council. But the process of counting the votes and declaring a winner in the mayor’s race is likely to be a lot more complicated than in years past — that’s because of the huge number of candidates and ranked-choice voting.
Jeanne Massey of FAIRVOTEmn joins Dave.
Minneapolis DFL delegates did not endorse a candidate for Mayor on Saturday.
Saturday’s DFL Convention in Minneapolis failed to nominate a candidate for mayor. That means that all six DFL candidates are expected to run in the November election.
The election was on Tuesday but the results of a St Paul council race won’t be known until next week.